This is a cohesive, well-told, and incredibly lived story. It's hard to believe that the author was so young when she wrote it.
I generally like Patricia Cornwall books, but I simply couldn't stand listening to the reading of this book due to the voice artist's choice of readings. For example, she plays one of the major characters as a monotonic, Dan-Akroyd-in-Dragnet kind of a cop, which might be fine if he wasn't also the protaganoist's lover and needed to show some sensitivity on occassion. Other voices are similary stereotypical and don't display any depth of characters. Normally a lover of audiobooks, this is the first time I've had to stop listening because the reading was SO bad.
An incredible story. Well written, well told, very well read. Provides great insights on what it was like to live as a Jew in Vienna, and then what it was like to live as an imposter.
It's a great story, and not as predictable as one might think. My only complaint is that the reader makes the characters, particularly the female character, seem vapid. But the story is so good that it's worth it anyway.
Even though you know the ending, this is like a cliffhanger. A fantastic story, well written and well read
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