This book was written at the end of 2010; however, it is as relevant now as it was back then. Their summary of what is happening/could happen in Greece is spot on. It makes you re-evaluate what can happen over the next few years. Being forewarned is a powerful advantage. One of those books that you need to listen to twice to get ever point and detail.
I listened to Winds of War followed immediately by this War and Remembrance. This meant over 100 hours of story. The time passed so quickly and I would often find myself sitting in the car at the end of my driving listening to the story rather than getting out of the car.
Fantastic story telling, brilliant narrator and a history lesson unlike any I had experienced before. All the characters - both likeable or not - were real and vivid. Story telling at its very best. I highly recommend it.
I loved Tony Park's early books ( I did a review of one before). However, his last two books have become some what formulaic in their storyline and characters. I guessed what was going to happen at the end because of knowledge of his previous style. This is really disappointing as I had thought he was going to be the modern day Wilbur Smith. I think he needs to go back to delivering a well-thought our idea rather than trying to churn out a book every year.
The narrator resorts to really stereotypical accents when he is doing a different accent. The Australian female is embarrassingly Aussie (I live here, so know how bad it is) and his South African Afrikaaner accent again is extreme.Also, being married to someone who grew up in Africa and with family still living there, I was really disappointed by the inaccurate pronunciation of many words and places (Oke, Nelspruit).
The story was okay, but I hope he can get back to his best again.
I listen to audiobooks as I'm driving to and from work. I usually find them easy to get into (whether they are fiction or non-fiction) and quite absorbing. I tried several times to listen to this book, but constantly found myself drifting off and thinking about other things. Maybe the paper version would have be different, but this is the first book I've bought from Audible that I have never finished.
I listened to this book mesmerized by Edith's story and having to tell myself that this wasn't fiction. Her strength of character through unbelievable hardships shines through. life under Nazi Germany came alive in this book. The cruelty of mankind towards people who are different was evident throughout. A must listen to book. Narrator was excellent. Totally believable, inspirational and not over-dramatic. This story will stay with me.
The fact it was a true story
If you have never heard of Tony Park, you probably soon will. His novels are the 21st century answer to Wilbur Smith - full of larger than life, but relatable, heroes - and the narrators do a good job too. I just wish all of his other books were available as an audiobook. Very enjoyable escapism.
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