I loved the way de Waal wove together his family's narrative from multiple countries and through multiple generations. His portrayal of the characters and life in the different societies painted a clear picture for my imagination. Ultimately, this is also a story of devastation and survival of Jews in the Holocaust.
I loved learning more of the history of the family's street in Paris, where I had recently visited. The family's history is so interesting that it led me to research more about the author, his artwork, the family and the locations.
Maloney adds another element of emotion through his reading.
The history of a great European dynasty.
There's a short interview with the author at the end of the story. Great to hear his voice and gain more insight into his life and his work.
The author went to so much trouble to familiarize a new reader with the characters and themes that I thought I was 're-listening' to a story I had already heard.
After hearing 8 in the series, they're all old friends
NO. Not in this series. Mispronounced too many words and names. Why wasn't this edited??
He did the voices well so probably should not do accents.
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