I have read all the Sookie Stackhouse books in print version. I found them fun engaging books books with real characters and colorful dialogue. Who couldn't identify with a broke cocktail waitress just living her life? The books are a perfect light and fun summer read. HOWEVER, I purchased the audible version and was quickly dismayed. The narrator comes across as a tired poor white trash waitress. Not the lively Sookie. Plus, the narrator does not sound like a Louisiana native to me. The audible version was a big dissapointment. Just read the books. It is much more enjoyable!
This novel takes a moment to set the stage. Yet once it does you find yourself a jewish boy facing antisemitism in pre world war II europe.
The subtleties of class and culture are explored. Plus the main character finds love which helps sustain him through the complex emotions and situations of the war. This is not a novel about concentration camps, but a narrative story of someone who lives, loves, and breathes during the war. His fears and longings become real to the listener. You become part of his world and can find a different edge than what one normally expects from a WWII novel. I highly reccommend this story. Please note, however, that the narrator is poorly skilled. Luckily, the story is written lively enough to compensate for this shortcoming.
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