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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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    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 09-28-13
    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A SALUTE to the Resiliency of the Human Spirit"

    Incomprehensible circumstances, managed with an iron will, and commitment to one another's welfare. I found myself praying for Sara at the end of the book, blessing the strength of her spirit she mustered, and all she did for those around her. This story underscores the reality that no man or woman is and island. No one can do it alone. The women in this story were buoyed by one another. If not for that, I wonder if the outcome would've been the same.

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    Elizabeth 09-03-13
    Elizabeth 09-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspirational! True story of a survivor."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Seamstress to be better than the print version?

    I think both would be great. The story is wonderful because it explains this women's life being a Jew in Romania during WWII. This should be a required book in schools. Very matter of fact. No drama just her life and the unfair hardships she faced that ultimately lead to concentration camps.


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

    This reminded me of the TV mini-series "The Holocaust" and reawakened my respect for the survivors and the heros in everyday life.


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her character voices and the accents.


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

    Not a particular moment but Sarah's steadfastness to protect her sister and 2 other companions and her understanding of how to stay alive amid all the hardships.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone. The fake drama seen in our society today is disgusting when you think of WWII and the concentration camps.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amanda Kapcsos 04-23-14
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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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Oneal California 04-04-14
    C. Oneal California 04-04-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "Very good story and narration"

    I enjoyed the point of view. And though I keep trying to get away from this genre I am consistently pulled back. this was a nice perspective on a familiar though, can never be told often enough, story.

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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 03-24-14
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 03-24-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "A Wonderful Story of Survival in Hard Times!"

    This is the true story of Sara Tuvel during WWII.
    Saying these were hard times is putting it mildly according to Sara. She is a Jewish who tells us about her true story before, while and after World War II and how these were times of intense pain and suffering for Jews, and consequently for her family and herself.

    This story is told with richness of detail, and when possible, with a little wit (one knows how hard it is to be witty in times of danger, pain and suffering).

    Before I got my hands on this audiobook, I could not believe how one could be so intense and have such thirst for life. When I heard her narrative about everything she suffered during WWII I couldn't help but wonder if I would have given up on life or if I would have kept on going, hoping for the war to be over.

    I found myself crying so many times.

    Wanda McCaddon doesn't care much for doing voices of characters, but she does a wonderful job while portraing Sara's emotions and everyone else's too.

    If you would like to know more about how Jews suffered during the holocaust, this is the book to read, but prepare yourself for some very tough reading, because this is not for the soft-hearted.

    Other than that, I highly recommend this beautiful story of family, companionship, friendship and survival.

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    Elise SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 03-20-14
    Elise SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Holocaust Story"

    Perhaps I've read too many Holocaust stories, but this one was just another to add to the list. Sara Tuvel is an amazing human being with an exceptional strength of character, and it is amazing that she survived to tell her story and live a fulfilling life thereafter, as many of the few who survived. The reading, however, was not exceptional. McCaddon's accent was unconvincing and became rather annoying.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 12-28-13
    Karen HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Uplifting story!"
    What did you love best about The Seamstress?

    The very matter of fact way the Seren Tuval told her story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seren Tuval was a remarkable young woman who saved not only herself but two others from certain death. Her resourcefulness,survival skills, and refusal to give up were inspirational. Also fascinating were the attitudes and thoughts of the Hungarian people who couldn't really believe what was happening. It was eye opening for me how people continue to believe the best about society in the face of facts and experiences to the contrary.


    Any additional comments?

    I also enjoyed the comments from her daughter about her life after the war. Although I don't usually "enjoy" or read Holocaust books this one was special.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-23-13

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    "Beautifully read, absorbing tale of the Holocaust"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Seamstress to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Beautifully told story about a woman who was one of the very few who lived through Ravensbrck concentration camp


    What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

    Could not have been better.


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

    Could hardly put it down


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most personal accounts of the Holocaust I've come across. I haven't read the book, but rather listened to it . I could hardly take the earbuds out of my ears and yet, at times, it was so gut wrenching I wanted to craw under a quilt and hide from the hideous evil that pervaded Europe during WWII. In it, too, I see parallels to what is happening today with antisemitism growing by leaps and bounds in Europe again and Christians being tortured and murdered in the middle east. It will never end, that is for sure, but we must not forget nor fail to fight it at every turn, with every breath.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 11-17-13
    Kathy 11-17-13

    I love the out doors, and I love to read a good book outside in my hammock or on the water. Listening while gardening.

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    "shows you how much we can endure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh I would definitely recommend this book. I was glued, so much she went through. She stayed through it and survived it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unbelievable strength, courage and endurance through long suffering of this young woman. Always doing whatever it took just to live, and helping others to also.


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

    The main character. The seamstress. She was amazing. Not only did she survive but through her unselfishness she always shared what little food she could get with her friends and family.


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

    I did not want to stop. Many nights I would fall asleep listening to it and have to back it up and listen to that part again the next day. Every chance I had I was back in it. Couldn't wait to hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe every young lady should hear or read this novel. These days they just don't know what it's like to be unselfish and surviving through anything. It is also an excellent read for anyone young and old. I pray those days are long gone never to return in any form. Such heartlessness in the enemy. This was so sad how they could treat another human being.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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