This was a good choice. I enjoyed the book, but did not like the ending. Another ending and I would have rated it a 4. Claire Danes did an excellent job narrating, part of the reason I chose this book.
This was the true story of the murder at a Lululemon store. I was not aware of this before I read the book and even checked to see that it was in fact true. This makes the story less enjoyable knowing that it was true; it's no longer a spine-tingling novel. That being said, I felt that this book was really just fact finding, and the narration was the worse I have ever listened to. My 7 year old grandson this past week picked up one of my books (adult fiction) and read to me to show me how well he reads and he showed more emotion than this narration. It was pretty much read in a monotone voice. Made it hard to get through. I hope this was one of the books I got cheaply and glad it was only 4 hours long.
This is a book that stays with me. I think about it off and on. It's a love story woven through the Holocaust. The narration is excellent. The emotions, the pain, the love, are raw. It is hard to believe that such atrocities could really happen. You can see tears streaming down a characters face through the narration. I like that the story was told from two points of view, and both narrators are great. The strength of the people is unfathomable. I wonder how we would fare as humanity today if such things were to take place. I don't think we have their resolve. It's hard to imagine that people could do such things to their fellow mankind but we also see cruel things happening every day. Although this books haunts me, I also feel such admiration for the people who went through this awful period of their lives and the strength they showed to survive. I don't want to say that the book was depressing; rather it shared a story of resiliency that captivates.
Following the story of Valentina feels like revisiting an old friend that I haven't seen in a long time. She weaves the characters into the story line so that if you haven't read her previous books you still understand the relationships of the characters. You fall in love with all of them in their own ways and live their struggles and happiness along with them. When something happens to one of the characters you feel their emotions along with them. The narrator is excellent. After listening for awhile you know which character is speaking just by her voice. Great selection. Did not want it to end. I hope there will be another Valentina story!
I found the familial relationships interesting. Even though you see evidence against your son a parent has to believe in this son. Makes you think, "what would I do in a similar situation". What happens between the parents and child, the husband and wife, and even between old friends and neighbors is heart wrenching. But then you think how would I feel if this was my son, my neighbor, my friend. Even if you win, you don't.
The relationship issues and how you don't see the ending coming.
I found his voice easy to listen to and I liked his interpretation of the various characters. I have even looked for other books that he has narrated because I appreciated his narration of this story so much.
Worth the credit. Kept my interest.
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