I go through about 3-4 audio books a month and I rarely write reviews, but for this book I will take the time. Diane, with her thoughtful words tells a complex multi-generational tale of a large Jewish family and its slow decent into the horrifying years that the madman Hitler ruled part of Europe.
To tell the story of so many characters is difficult but Diane seems to do it with ease and congruency. Her story telling ability had me not wanting to turn off the radio. I found myself driving around the outskirts of my neighborhood for a few more minutes to hear what happens next.
The accented Deidre Rubenstein does an excellent job of narrating this journey of a family rich in character, the sad fate of some and the brave journey of those who kept moving forward and lived to tell about it.
I found this to be a beautifully and interesting told story of an important and very scary time we should never forget, if nothing else, so it does not happen again. It seems to not understand this history only allows the door to open for history to repeat itself, perhaps with a different culture and a slightly different bent. Diane captures the time and the moments magnificently.
I tend to listen to my books as I play "taxi driver" for my kids. BUT I quickly realized when the swear words were coming from my car speakers I had to choose something else. I quickly turned on Joyce Meyers and repented -- then as soon as the kids were out of the car put Bossy Pants back on and randomly giggled out loud the rest of the way to my destination.
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