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
"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)
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.
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.
This reminded me of the TV mini-series "The Holocaust" and reawakened my respect for the survivors and the heros in everyday life.
Her character voices and the accents.
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.
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.
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.
I'm not sure the narrator could've been better because her delivery made the story quite enjoyable.
Obviously Sara sticks out as it's her story but each person added a depth to the book that I appreciated.
Her commitment to accents and emotional delivery
Gah!... It's a recollection of the events surrounding the Holocaust in Hungary. Most moments were moving.
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.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
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.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
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.
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.
The very matter of fact way the Seren Tuval told her 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.
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.
Have not read the print.
Beautifully told story about a woman who was one of the very few who lived through Ravensbrck concentration camp
Could not have been better.
Could hardly put it down
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.
I love the out doors, and I love to read a good book outside in my hammock or on the water. Listening while gardening.
Oh I would definitely recommend this book. I was glued, so much she went through. She stayed through it and survived it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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