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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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    Linda 12-22-14
    Linda 12-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "we should never forget."

    I miss the characters now I have finished the book. I will recommend this book to all esp. the young.

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    Norma Gustafson McPherson, Kansas, US 12-21-14
    Norma Gustafson McPherson, Kansas, US 12-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Makes you stop and think!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Seamstress the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyable? Hum, let's see, I enjoyed the story even though it was extremely sad and very hard to listen to at times but I wanted to heard every single word.


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

    Anne Frank


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

    Sara


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes because we take things for granted. It makes us realize how very small our troubles are compared to those who lived through what Sara and all the others did and that anyone survived is amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, I'm so thankful it was written as I know there are people who deny this ever took place or that it was greatly exaggerated. It couldn't have been easy to relive this as she told her story.

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    Shad Australia 12-14-14
    Shad Australia 12-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I felt like i was there the whole time"

    A Great job was done by all three people involved. Firstly for the courage of Sara Bernstein to share her story of such a tragic and terrible experience. Without People of her ilk we would not have as good understanding of what really went on at a deaper level. Also this book doesnt just succeed because of the story but also because it has been very written by the author and a great performance by the narrator. A very good book all round.

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    Firebolt 12-08-14
    Firebolt 12-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An excruciating listen..."
    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book was almost painful at times - maybe because of the subject matter or maybe because it was a true story but it does an incredible job of not letting us ever forget the horrors of the Holocaust. How this remarkable woman survived and even more, was able to survive with her good heart and caring soul intact is beyond my understanding. The will to live is strong in all humans, but Sara's ability to survive is beyond measure. Everyone should read this book and never, ever forget what happened during this terrible time.

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    I4ucy IL 11-22-14
    I4ucy IL 11-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Heroic, humbling, heartfelt"
    Where does The Seamstress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Words can not describe how courageous Sara Tuvel was. This book is heroic, humbling, sad, inspiring and courageous. Wanda McCaddon is a good reader, but sometimes I was a little annoyed how she used a childlike voice when speaking as a character or as young Sara Tuvel. She used this childlike voice with Sara's sisters and other friends. Unfortunately this voice made those characters somewhat less empathetic. This is just a slight complaint, this book was still 5 stars!


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

    Unbroken


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

    Sara


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A 2 hour film would not do it justice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy tokyo 11-04-14
    Jeremy tokyo 11-04-14 Member Since 2011

    There was one chapter on cryptography and I found it fascinating...

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    "Probably one of the BEST Holocaust books out there"
    Would you listen to The Seamstress again? Why?

    Yes. It's amazingly well written and harrowing in its detail of personal suffering and overcoming of that suffering.


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

    The scenes of the author riding on a bus in Bucharest and seeing men hanging on meat hooks in the town square... just so scary!


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

    No. It's too much. It's very dark at times.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE the accent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cook 10-23-14
    C. Cook 10-23-14
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    "Extraordinary story of survival"

    This beautifully narrated story tells of an extraordinary woman who was determined to survive in spite of what the Nazis did to her and her family. Told in the first person, the listener gains detailed knowledge of what it was like for a Jewish woman to survive WWII. The narrator's accent in this reading gives the listener the feeling that you are literally listening to Sara herself.

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 10-19-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely inspiring, revealing and incredible!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Seamstress the most enjoyable?

    So many things...Sara was such an incredible woman and the narration couldn't have been better.


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

    None


    What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

    It seemed as though Sara was telling the story.


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

    Her strength and courage throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you so much to the family for writing this book and having it available on Audible!

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    Dianne 10-16-14
    Dianne 10-16-14 Member Since 2012

    A good listener!

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    "Uplifting Read"

    This was an example of a woman who, despite the grimmest circumstances imaginable, always looked at the possibility of and for goodness. Well written, well narrated. I loved it.

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    Deborah 10-11-14
    Deborah 10-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A good read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Seamstress to be better than the print version?

    I did not read print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sara Tuval


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Wanda McCaddon?

    Probably not...her accent was a little heavy for my liking.


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

    The struggle to become well again when she was in hospital.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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