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The Seamstress Audiobook

The Seamstress

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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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    LBG 02-25-16
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    "Difficult, but so important"

    I have read many books about the Holocaust, seen many films, and have visited the camps in Poland but this book has made an indelible impression at a very deep emotional level. Sara's memoir is the most comprehensive and complete story that I've ever read and encourage its reading to whomever has the desire to understand how it really was.

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    Monika 02-13-16
    Monika 02-13-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Another gripping account . . . ."

    This is not the first book I have read/listened to describing the horrors of the holocaust. It always amazes me to see how determined the victims were to survive such unimaginable, deplorable conditions. Although the story started out slowly, it became more and more intense the further you got into the book.. I thank the author for sharing all these events. Reliving them in a memoir could not have been an easy task..

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    Tracey San Antonio, TX, United States 02-02-16
    Tracey San Antonio, TX, United States 02-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very engrossing...rare 5 star rating for me"

    The true story of a Holocaust survivor is told in such a way that you really do want to hear more. It isn't just a series of gruesome details, though there are some of those. Rather, it is a story of a young girl whose life was interrupted by 4 years of horror, yet she was strong and lively...and even somehow happy.

    Although the writer vividly describes the bad, she equally tells of the beauty of family, love and spirit. Be sure to stick around for the epilogue. It's also very interesting.

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    Sandy Orlando, FL 12-02-15
    Sandy Orlando, FL 12-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Sara was a True Hero"

    The narration of this book made it so captivating and Wanda McCaddon made you feel you were right there with Sara in the Concentration Camps. This made me cry at the end and it was full of emotion, reality and horror.
    I give this 4 stars only because it had a slow start, but keeping on with it I couldn't put it down.
    Sara's Bravery and her ability to take care of her sister and friends in the concentration camp was so amazing. How she survived those horrible years, I can't imagine.
    Don't miss this book.

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    Larry 11-15-15
    Larry 11-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up The Seamstress in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, educational, emotional


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

    Warm family scenesBrutality of her guardsDefying all odds to survive


    What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

    One of the best I've heardAccent was engaging, endearing and believable Strength in her performance perfectly portrayed her character


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

    Risking her life in the Raven-brook kitchen, at the spur of the moment, stealing potatoes for others


    Any additional comments?

    No other audible book has so moved and impacted me personally. Painful to listen to at times but gave me a new awareness of the barbaric conditions innocents endured at the hands of the Nazis.

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    Connie DURHAM, NC, United States 08-25-15
    Connie DURHAM, NC, United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    You must read this. It's one of the best books I've ever read.

    I'm interested in WWII books with a human interest angle, like The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. While Ms. Hannah's was historical fiction, The Seamstress was non-fiction. Seren (Sarah) Tuvel was taken prisoner by the Germans during the Holocaust. It is a powerful story that everyone should read.

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    Kimberly Roets 08-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptional and gripping"

    A beautifully written and mesmerizing account of an exceptionally brave and determined woman who refused to accept defeat amidst incomprehensible treatment, circumstance, and death.

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    Thomas E. Mckeon 07-17-15

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    "Loved it."

    With so many books written on the subject, it is nice to actually read one that has some pre-World War II background to it. While historically significant it is also a great human story well worth the read

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    Georgina 07-12-15
    Georgina 07-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful listen!"

    Very well written. Incredible, inspiring woman. Eye opening to a portal of history from someone who lived it.

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    Margcol WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US 06-16-15
    Margcol WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US 06-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating!"

    Enjoyed every minute of this book. Have a deep respect and admiration for such intelligent, resourceful woman. Would have loved to meet her. Highly recommended this book. Eye opening!

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