This book has had some not so stellar reviews due to the rather flat, blunt reading style of the first half or so of the book. But because the protagonist of this story is a World War II radio reporter, the reader's style is very much aligned with the radio reporting style of that time in our history. I thought it was very fitting to the story. The story itself turns into something quite incredible which was not expected, and from which I found a few meaningful life lessons having to do with the understanding that each individual has a story to tell. I found this to be a memorable and pure story. Listen to it all the way to the end--you won't regret it.
I feel compelled to say that this is my favorite Audiobook of all time, and I've been listen/reading since 1992! The reader is superb for this book, drawing you in to each of the characters repeatedly and rollickingly, though the story itself is a somber one. Yes, it's another holocaust story, but you'll be startled by the story line. You'll be amazed at the reader's interpretation of the antagonist (at least I THINK he's the antagonist!). You are never sure where the story is going to go, though you might think it's predictable---it isn't. A fabulous read---I've recommended it to everyone I know, and have listened to it twice myself.
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