Beautifully read with little German accents for the characters but not for the narrator. This book tells the story of a girl's life beginning with the train ride to her new home with foster parents. The narrator is Death, who is a rather sympathetic fellow. It is set in a small town in Germany at the start of the Nazi reign. It was interesting hear a story of this time and place about a Christian family although a Jewish man hidden in their basement is a big part of it. The story deals with a lot of death but really about the strength and resilience found in people. The astonishing evil but also the bravery, kindness and goodness in ordinary people. The children find immense joy from tiny things. It made me cry, but overall I found it uplifting. Most of the characters are lovable and funny and their story is fascinating.
I keep listening to this book over again something always gets to me that I didn't fully get before. The image of the nameless Father being continually pared down to his essence, which is so pure, is compelling and strangely comforting. The narration is striking and quite funny in parts. Mr. Mayes has unusual voice that drew me in right away. I highly recommend this book.
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