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The Seamstress | [Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels]

The Seamstress

Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Biography and Memoir, 2013

Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

©1999 Sara Tuvel Bernstein (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"There are many recent accounts of Holocaust victims, but this work stands alone as a testimony to personal strength and an independent spirit." (Library Journal)

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-14-13
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Seren Tuval, you are my hero!"

    The holocaust period certainly brought out the very worst in very many people. However, it also brought out the very best in others, Seren Tuval, in particular. What made this story so listenable and wonderful was Seren's personality. She exhibited such strength, such compassion, such intelligence, and such hope. There was never any question in her mind that she might not survive. There was never a moment that she felt sorry for herself. Her optimism and strength is something for us all to emulate or aspire toward.

    The narrator is simply amazing and actually became Seren in my mind. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job of a narration. She nailed it perfectly.

    This is a very intense story. Yet, you can come away from it with a good feeling. I am not sure how that can be, but it is true. Don't be afraid to read another holocaust story. This one is very special. For myself, I will remember this book for a long time. I am so glad I got to know Seren's story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Sunnyvale, CA, United States 08-07-13
    Lynn Sunnyvale, CA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating, entertaining, touching, inspirational"
    Where does The Seamstress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 5


    What other book might you compare The Seamstress to and why?

    The Unbroken... this too is a true story and is told in a manner that I felt I was right there!


    What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

    Extremely excellent! Love listening to her!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are many moments that are moving in the book. This was a time of devastation and the Jews were treated so terribly. It was a cruel and grueling time and this story captivates all that a family went through.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 04-28-13
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Needs mending"

    I know that from a politically correct standpoint, I should praise this Holocaust survival memoir. It just isn't as good as others I have read, so for me it was just OK. The author's notes at the end were actually the most interesting part of the whole book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shanna Diamond Springs, CA, United States 04-07-13
    Shanna Diamond Springs, CA, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This was an amazing story of survival"
    What did you love best about The Seamstress?

    The story was told with all the horror of the situation and at the same time a feeling of hope. I felt like I was listening to the author telling me what happened over a cup of tea.


    What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job with voices, there was never any confusion about who was talking.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    N. Sundberg Mpls MN 03-29-13
    N. Sundberg Mpls MN 03-29-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Absolutely wonderful."
    If you could sum up The Seamstress in three words, what would they be?

    I have read many, many stories on the holocaust. This story is very touch and I just love Wanda McCaddon's accent. I could wait to listen everyday on my way to work. Highly recommended.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seamstress?

    When Lily dies in Seran's arms.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Hund Greeley, Co. 07-06-14
    Martha Hund Greeley, Co. 07-06-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Gripping!"
    Where does The Seamstress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio books that I have listened to. The narrator portrays the characters believably.


    What other book might you compare The Seamstress to and why?

    It is a story of the Holocaust, so that being said, many stories have been written about this horrendous time in history. But, it is told in a way so that your very soul is crying out for the injustices that these people had to face.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    The main character, Sara, was portrayed with authenticity.


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    Kimberly 06-11-14
    Kimberly 06-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "So Grateful to Have Read this Amazing Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Truly an amazing story of survival, not what I expected in a holocaust book. I feel honored and grateful to have read this true life account of Sara Tuvel's heroic life.


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    Sandy Tulsa, OK, United States 05-01-14
    Sandy Tulsa, OK, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Love classics and very long books....

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    "Beautiful, heartbreaking, heartwarming"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this very much. The narration and story immerse you in another, different world. It is hard to fathom how difficult life was when this story developed, but the authors place you there through their details of the smaller, and the larger, picture.

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    Amanda Kapcsos 04-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful Story of Strength"
    What made the experience of listening to The Seamstress the most enjoyable?

    I'm not sure the narrator could've been better because her delivery made the story quite enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Sara sticks out as it's her story but each person added a depth to the book that I appreciated.


    What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

    Her commitment to accents and emotional delivery


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Gah!... It's a recollection of the events surrounding the Holocaust in Hungary. Most moments were moving.


    Any additional comments?

    While I appreciated what the intro and Epilogue had to say about Sara, I could have just as easily gone without it and the additional hour which is why, Overall, I marked the book as 4 stars.

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    Paige M. Overton Ventura, CA USA 10-02-13
    Paige M. Overton Ventura, CA USA 10-02-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Heartwrenching story"
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    Wow! It's amazing what this woman went through. I was profoundly touched by this story. I cried often hearing of the suffering; yet, I was overjoyed at her strength and will to survive.

    I read alot of historical fiction and especially WW II historical novels. I still find it so hard to believe that any group of people could be so cold and cruel to their fellow human beings. This is probably one of the best WW II historical novels I have ever read. This book is not a fictional novel, rather a true story - a memoir of Sara Tuvel.

    The narration was excellent as well. I felt like I was listening to Sara Tuvel herself telling me her story. If you like this genre, other great books are Winter Garden, The Book Thief, City of Thieves, and the Nazi Officer's Wife. Nazi Officer's Wife is also a true story, while the others are fictional, but based on historical events. The Winter Garden and The Seamstress are my two favorites so far.

    Don't miss this read/listen. You'll love it.

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