Yes. It is the story of an unassuming young woman who, despite all the odds, survived one of the deadliest camps in Germany. It is written in such a wayt that you are amazed at her endurance, but she is portrayed as a human, not a heroine.
Saran, Joseph, Ellen and Esther
She had a slight eastern European accent. I know she is British, but her narration is understated and frank without being flat. I did not like her "American" accent in the end of the book, but other than that it was a great read.
I enjoyed this book as a book itself. Unfortunately, as an audiobook, it didn't quite commute. bernadette Dunn's narration is so smooth that it almost makes you ahve to rewind and see what you missed. The historical accounts, though well-researched, described so many characters that it got almost impossible to follow it.
I will pick up this book in print, when I am more likely to take notes on who did what, the military terminology, and other thigns that listening to this particular performance made nearly impossible.
Right at the top. It is a thrill ride, pure and simple. It is not a particularly meaty book, but it is a fun, captivating book, and a great way to spend some time.
Frank Muller has outdone himself here; I was a bit wary after disappointing performances in "The Street Lawyer" and "The Partner", but he was terrific in "The Runaway Jury"!
Definitely! This is one of the first Grisham books that I read, but it was the abridged version. I borrowed this unabridged version on tape from a friend years ago, and don't know why I waited so long to buy it from Audible!
The unabridged version includes more tension than the abridged one; we knew more than the characters did. I wondered what the outcome of the trial would be...
Yes, I have. I have both liked and disliked some of his performances; this one showcases his amazing talent, and I would use this book to recommend him as a narrator.
Probably in my top 10... I have read many audiobooks and this one is a great one. The Author does interject herself into the story, but I disagree with the reviewer who says it is like a National Inquirer piece.
It is sometimes hard to follow the family tree and many players in the business, but this is a very very minor setback in a well-written, well-performed masterpiece of journalism. Beth Macy breathed life into factory workers, CEOs, and everyday townspeople both in America and abroad, in particular John Bassett III - to some an ass, to others a hero.
I have not yet, but I will be looking at her backlist shortly; terrific performance!
This book is a terrific piece of journalism - I can understand why the author chose to interject herself into it. Without her voice present, it would have been hard to develop it and move it along smoothly, particularly with several sources not wishing to speak openly.
Well worth your time and credit!
Meh... it is a passable Grisham offering. I found I couldn't understand or empathize with any of the characters, though the plot did keep me going...
I enjoyed the idea about a man running away, doing a wrong thing for a right reason... but by the end of it, I just didn't care. I couldn't understand a character's motivations...
I normally like Frank Muller as a narrator, but this one was just not a strong performance, either with dialogue or emotoin.
As a movie, this book actually woudl work; if it hasn't been optioned for a movie, it should be.
I liked Grisham's earlier works - particularly "The Chamber", "The Rainmaker" and "The Runaway Jury"; I like Muller's performances in "The Rainmaker", as well as other offerings... unfortunately "The Partner" does not hold up to other books I have listened to.
I am fascinated by the stories of women in countries like Afghanistan that require them as mothers and wive sbut who want them to be hidden away. Shannon Galpin's Mountain to Mountain is a wonderful biography about one woman's organization, team, and self-discovery against the backdrop of Afghanistan.
The Underground Girls of Kabul, in the Land of Invisible Women. There are several parallels between these books, and yet each approaches a traditional culture at a different angle.
I loved her performance; she is an actress with incredible talent. her accents are a bit flat, and dialogue is not her strong suit, but this is minor when compared to the emotional performance she gave.
When Shannon realized she was not as strong as she thought. She wanted a brutal attack not to define her, even as she came to the realization that NOT wanting it to define her defined her more than the attack ever did.
A terrific book that peaks into the culture of a war-torn country that is still in the process of rebuilding.
Some would like this, others would not. I enjoyed this book in its portrayals of its main characters, who are complex, caught between their wishes and hopes to either bury the past or unable to do so.
it is not a happy book, almost Greek tragedy in scope, particularly for the first third of the book, but it is uncompromising in its portrayal of two sisters and their bond with each other and their complicated relationship with their father.
Susan Bennett and Angela Goethles' performances are both very good, particularly in Lulu and Merry's childhoods. Merry's voice in particular did not fit her character's aging, but there's nothing really wrong with it.
This is almost like a train wreck - you don't want to look but you can't look away. I enjoyed this book in the sense of its character portrayals, but did not enjoy what happened to these characters. There was almost too much tragedy and too much anger, but ultimately Randy Susan Meyers is an author to watch.
I liked Elsie's story much better than Reba's; I couldn't understand Reba's motivations, but Elsie's progression was natural.
I do agree with one reviewer that Reba as a character was really self-involved, and I couldn't understand why Ricky would put up with her. I loved Elsie as a character, because she cut through all the crap and got right down to business.
Elisabeth Rodgers was a good narrator, though I found her German pronunciation was clunky in places.
This is a worthwhile read, intertwining, bittersweet, and well-done.
I loved the descriptions of the family life from the point of view of a young child. She did not have all the experience needed to process what she felt and saw, and yet was carrying burdens she could not hold alone. In straight-forward prose, Paula Treick DeBoard depicts a family coming apart at the scenes due to both internal and external events.
Emily Sutton-Smith was a great narrator, occasionally awkward, but her dialogue was pitch-perfect.
I loved this book, and greatly look forward to the author's next book. Perhaps the ending was a bit rushed, but the author's description of the midwestern town and the family dynamics carried this through to a satisfying bittersweet conclusion.
I enjoyed the premise, what the author did to get to know the city he grew up in. It is a comprehensive look at the many different "categories" of New Yorkers, their differences in race, class, religion, and the perceptions of living space, sidewalks, transportation... I think I expected him to go by neighborhood and describe the socioeconomic, racial and religious differences, but I think the finished product is more readable - broken up into different categories and sub-categories.
I haven't, but I do like him as a narrator; will definitely check out his backlist.
I loved this book! I am going to New York in the very near future, and will definitely consider many points brought out in this book. I will re-read it again upon my return, contrasting my own perceptions as (admittedly) a tourist.
I read this book several years ago, and for the most part enjoyed it. I am working my way through Samson's audio backlist, and while this is not her best work (Songbird is quite possibly my favorite) it is quirky and fun enough that I would likely reread it.
I like Lily and Christoph, for sure. I found Gordon too good to be true, and Rollins too evil to be believable, but the humor in this book carries it through
No! This is probably her weakest point as a narrator - her character differentiation. Beyond that, she embodies Lillie nicely. I wish another narrator had been chosen for Tacey's parts, because it was quite jarring to switch POV.
Christoph. To have a celibate gay character at home with himself and his relationship with Jesus was refreshing and beautiful.
I would give this book 3.5 stars, partially due to the narration, partially due to some of the over-the-topness of it all... but Samson is a gifted writer, keen to push boundaries in all the right ways and all the right places.
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