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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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    Kathleen West Linn, OR 01-26-15
    Kathleen West Linn, OR 01-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Small triumphs and enormous greatness of spirit."

    A very well written story of a woman, whose story predates, survives and continues after the holocaust. Often a sad, sad story, but strangely mixed with triumph, admiration and some joy.
    Well presented by a matter of fact reading that parallels the matter of fact, unprepossessing manner of a woman who had neither the time or inclination to feel sorry for herself.
    Story only four star as an indication of concern for those who might struggle with depression while reading this.
    Chillingly apropos for the war-torn time and world in which we live.

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    John Dona Ana, NM, United States 01-25-15
    John Dona Ana, NM, United States 01-25-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Slow to start; Hard to Put Down"

    This book contains some real nice hidden gems. I ordered the paper version when I finished. read it! Your life will be enhanced.

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    "A Beautiful Woman"

    I wish I could hug and thank Sara for her sacrifice and for enduring the horrific terrors brought by the SS. An inspiring story by a true survivor. It's a miracle she survived. Her determination and mothering instincts kept her, Ellen, Esther and Lilly alive for so long. Thank you for sharing her story.

    Loved the narrator. Fantastic job.

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    Laurie Henson 01-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Open your eyes America!!"

    Nice story. However I think it's an injustice slightly because a lot was withheld on what they were put through and how badly the suffering really was. I think this was due to the author being severely haunted by the memory of it all and couldn't discuss it because it brought it all flooding back giving her nightmares. Her being a positive person in the face of death to keep herself and loved ones alive prevented her from being truly honest and telling a full account about the whole event. It was engrained in her to survive and got in the way. A Lovely woman. How sad to think she couldn't talk about the holocaust because of the horrors and murderous losses and living in fear for the little bit of family to survive. She had to be strong so others wouldn't give in and die. People are already forgetting what happened. We cannot forget because if we do, it will happen again! They are already prepping for it. This time a plan is in effect so the outcome is in their favor this time. The control won't be lost. We need to open our eyes and see the obvious and prepare! Take your head out of the sand it doesn't go away just because you choose to live in ignorance. Doing this only makes it a death penalty for your grandchildren and a future of slavery for their children.

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    "An amazing tale of survival"

    This is the true story of a woman's survival. Not did she survive but she helped others to survive. Her courage to survive was truly amazing. This is a must book to listen to.

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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 Listener Since 2005
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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 2015
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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.


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