I've only listened to this book, so I can't compare it to the print version, but I did very much enjoy the many voices in the audio version.
The climax of The Girl You Left Behind is the most memorable part for me; the author did an excellent job with the characters up to that point, so I could really identify with the character's struggle and shock.
Another memorable moment is the shock I experienced when the author abruptly shifted settings at one point; it was unsettling, as I feared my questions wouldn't be answered! Thank goodness, she brought things back around later.
I can't share my favorite scene without ruining the story for someone who hasn't read it.
My only criticism of TGYLB would be that the cover art is boring; I almost didn't choose it, for that reason, but because I so enjoyed Me Before You (by the same author), I knew not to judge the book by its cover!
genuine, compelling, discovery
I knew I would love this book at the end, regardless of the ending, and I was right.
I loved the dancing scene at the wedding; it made me happy for the characters. I also appreciated the dinner scene at home.
I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book, but I definitely had a hard time getting out of my car (I listened on my daily commute.) I actually found myself following the speed limit so as to make my ride last longer! :)
One thing I didn't like was a shift that one of the characters makes in thinking that I didn't really undestand. All things considered, though, I loved the book, deciding even before I knew the ending that it deserved the highest praise. I love the way it ended, and I especially appreciate the way the theme played out.
I might consider a book by George Lucius Salton, but I would definitely not buy a book narrated by Ken Kliban.
Obviously, the content of the Holocaust is compelling in and of itself. As a teacher, I've read several paper-copy books on this subject and have even heard Henry Golde (Holocaust survivor) speak in-person. That said, the story is coming off more like a series of sentences, rather than a memoir. In the author's defense, I'm not sure it's because of the narration or something else, since I'm obviously listening, rather than reading.
Ken sounds like a very nice man, but a man with little emotion; this book has all the passion of a nightly newscast. I'm on Chapter 6 and am just hoping that someone else will be narrating, too. Otherwise, I'm not sure I'll finish it. I've listened to to other books this month and found them to be much better; the narrators changed their voices to sound younger when reading parts of younger characters. Ken's reading, while sincere, lacks inflection/tone to match the content, in my opinion.
The book isn't sparking anything beyond general interest, at this point.
I would like to hear a boy's voice (or an effort to sound younger, at least) for the parts of the author's childhood.
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