SAN CARLOS, CA, United States | Member Since 2005
I enjoyed this book. I read a lot of the holocaust literature and some WWII history --this story was definitely one of the will to survive. The family was so close to being able to leave Nazi Germany but instead the story is an accounting is of their life of struggle for 6 years. It's a 2-1/2 hour read and I recommend
I listened to in one sitting -- It's only 3 hours but I really enjoyed it as I missed this headline other than vaguely knowing there was a murder at a Lemon Lulu, but no more than that and it was not on my memory horizon at all. It was a great storyline and a sad tale of murder that didn't have to be. There were so many things that could have prevented this from happening, it makes one wonder if it was meant to be -- but that certainly can't be true. If it was written as fiction, it would have been considered too implausible to the reader
Don't be turned away by opening chapter(s). It is dry courtroom dialog between defendant and prosecutor but it's an important part of the story to follow. If you enjoy suspense this book will satisfy. I don't usually read books of this genre but it was recommended to me by someone who enjoys the same books I do so I went with it. I'm surprised that I didn't want to read before bedtime but it was in my head and I knew that it wouldn't help for sleep. I don't recall a book that had that effect on me. Or maybe it hits too close to home what could be (for a woman)! I really stretched it out -- it took so long to reach its peak.. since I assigned it to listening to at the gym I really stretched out the pain/pleasure and spine chilling effects. And not the least of it's success is the narration -- just right on spot!
I loved the gentle tone of the narrator, and loved the beautiful, magical story about a child made of snow. This listen will stay with me for a long time. I was able to let myself be taken away by the fairy tale aspect and it’s so well written that the plot is not completely improbable. I have never read a fairytale based novel before but the review caught my attention. I just love listening to something new that turns out excellent. I looked forward to getting back to it every day.
The story took place in Alaska in the 1920’s and portrays the difficulty of a couple setting up a life there and as a listener I had no trouble
Imagining Alaska and the cabin they lived in with all of the hardships they seemed to endure -- that certainly bothered me more than it did the couple!! They did have the results of their child of snow
to carry them through……and that’s the story you will love.
Debra Monk did a fantastic job narrating; her voice fit the story perfectly.
The story was very well written and the author’s description of Alaska is amazing. I thought it was a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone...
Excellent epic novel about a holocaust survivor. It is unique because it is written as a stream of consciousness and it is one of the most detailed books I've ever read, and the reader REALLY gets to know Anya. This novel is extremely well researched and is just plain impressive.along with the narration -- equally impressive. My first introduction to Susan Fromberg Schaeffer novels.
When I listened to a Sample, I knew that I would buy this audio version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz narrated by Anne Hathaway --- like many people, I've read the books, seen the movie and TV versions, plays - you name it, but this version is the coup de grâce in that the listener gets so much story detail that is forgotten from the days of reading as a child and never really absorbed in the movie version -- so I loved it for that reason. The narration by Ms. Hathaway was the best.
This is not close to Anne Franks Diary -- of which I've read several versions and love!. This is interesting enough, but not enough for me to finish -- which surprised me. I think I may go back to it -- I may have been reading too many books of this genre and had to move on. 9/27/11
I was very bored with this novel and stopped about half way -- i don't think I'm that easily disappointed in books. For this one, I had in mind something completely different. I decided to read it based on the highly rated reviews in Amazon. One reviewer commented that they thought these 5-star reviews were written by family....possibly so.
I really love Goldie Hawn; we grew up together on TV and movies, we are born the same year....although I finished the book, I was so surprised by the monotone of her narration and remember it being unmemorable. My expectations were perhaps too high, and I was disappointed Perhaps another narrator would have saved it.
I loved the whole idea of the storyline, but it just seemed to go on forever and at a slow pace -- I found myself not that excited about getting back to the book -- and that was my feeling to the end. I don't even think I finished it. I love time travel, but for some reason this one did not grab my attention. This was in 2005; perhaps I'll give it another try -- but I usually don't go back a second time.
My first book "read" on audible.com and I Loved it -- It was riveting; however, I have to say that the last two chapters disappointed me so much -- the author did the proverbial Rush job. I wasn't in a very forgiving mood and gave a 4 star but I have now come around to how I felt about 98% of the book -- it's a 5 star in that respect.
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