I loved Peter Forbes's depiction of the different characters through his voice. The different accents for the different characters really helped bring the story to life! I have never heard such wonderful narration in an audio book - I will be looking for other books narrated by Mr. Forbes.
Intriguing story. I thought it was going to be a fantasy-time travel story, with the main character's connection to his great-great-great grandfather. Great combination of historical fiction, mystery, and romance. I hope to find more books like this on Audible.com.
I would only listen to another book by Leon Uris if I was sure it was a story, not a history lesson :(
I enjoyed the parts that were story. I did not enjoy the hours of history of the Jews. I know it's possible to weave history into historical fiction without lecturing for hours.
His efforts to depict different characters through different accents and tones was distracting.
None. The book needs more characters, not less.
I was very disappointed in this book. I tried very hard to give it a good chance. But I just can't listen to any more plodding history lessons. I'm giving up on this book.
The narrator did an amazing job of portraying many different characters just through her voice! Much richer narration than any other Audible book I've listened to so far. Although parts of the story are horrible (of course) I loved hearing Anya's story in her own words. She seemed so real to me that I Googled "Anya" to find out if this was based on a real person. While some reviewers have said that there were too many details, I loved all the details! I felt like I was right there in her home with her.
I really enjoyed hearing the names of people, places and things. When I read a story I try to say the names in that language in my head, and usually fail. When I listened to "Anya" I didn't have to do that work, and so I was more able to immerse myself in the story. I loved Mazur's narration - she did a wonderful job of bringing all the characters to life, like Nanushka's toddler voice and Farah, as well as Anya.
Of course, it made me cry. More than once.
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