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Echoes | [Danielle Steel]

Echoes

For the Wittgenstein family, the summer of 1915 was a time of both prosperity and unease, as the guns of war sound in the distance. But for eldest daughter Beata, it was also a summer of awakening. By glimmering Lake Geneva, the quiet Jewish beauty met a young French officer and fell in love.
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Publisher's Summary

For the Wittgenstein family, the summer of 1915 was a time of both prosperity and unease, as the guns of war sound in the distance. But for eldest daughter Beata, it was also a summer of awakening. By glimmering Lake Geneva, the quiet Jewish beauty met a young French officer and fell in love. Knowing that her parents would never accept her marriage to a Catholic, Beata followed her heart anyway. As the two built a new life together, Beata's past would stay with her, and when Europe faces war once again, Beata must watch in horror as Hitler's terror threatens her family, even her daughter Amadea, who has taken on the vows of a Carmelite nun.

As family and friends are swept away without a trace, Amadea is forced into hiding. Thus begins a harrowing journey of survival, first in the Nazi death camps and then as she escapes into the heart of the French resistance and finds a renewed sense of purpose. In the darkest moments of fear, Amadea will feel her mother's loving strength as the voices of lost loved ones echo powerfully in her heart. Amadea will meet an extraordinary man, British secret agent Rupert Montgomery, who will help her discover her place in an unbreakable chain between generations...between her lost family and her future.

From the elegant rituals of Europe's prewar aristocracy to the brutal desperation of Germany's death camps, Danielle Steel draws us into a vanished world, weaving an intricate tapestry of a mother's love, a daughter's courage, and the unwavering faith that sustained them, even in history's darkest hour.

Bonus Feature: Fine Things by Danielle Steel, narrated by Richard Thomas
When Bernie Fine met 5-year-old Jane O'Reilly and her mother, Liz, he thought he had found love to last a lifetime. But when Liz is stricken with cancer shortly after the birth of their first child, time becomes painfully short. Bernie meets his fate with courage and humor, and learns some of life's hard but precious lessons as he does.

©2004 Danielle Steel; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    D. Hurley Gretna, Louisiana 03-16-09
    D. Hurley Gretna, Louisiana 03-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Story, Great Narrator"

    This is an gripping story, start to finish. The story is rich with detail and description about the times and attitudes of the time. Simon Prebble's narration is wonderful. The voices are really welldone and give you the voice of each character. I'll not only buy more Danielle Steele books but stories narrated by Simon Prebble.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 06-11-06
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 06-11-06 Member Since 2005

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Complete"

    This listen was complete for me. It is a saga that emcompasses family, romance, sacrifice, history, religion, tolerance, intolerance and so much more. The characters are very well developed. Keep in mind that it is a work of fiction and sometimes situations in the book have convenient and unrealistic outcomes, however it is still entertaining and interesting. Occasionaly Steel's books are light and can be a bit shallow for my taste, however this one was not one of those. It brought out emotion and had me looking forward to my walks so I could listen some more. I feel comfortable recommending this choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Mississauga, ON, Canada 02-07-05
    Judy Mississauga, ON, Canada 02-07-05
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    "My Best Audible Book So Far"

    I absolutely loved this one. I have not read Danielle Steel in years because I found her novels too predictable. This one was absolutely marvelous. There was not one slow minute in the book, I could not wait to drive somewhere, go to the gym, or clean my house so that I could listen to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Birmingham, N/A, United Kingdom 12-01-04
    Margaret Birmingham, N/A, United Kingdom 12-01-04
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    "This has Everything"

    A book with a beginning a middle and an end full of human interest wonderfully narrated and a very good story transports you back in time and entertains as well.

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    Darlene SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 02-23-11
    Darlene SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"

    I have read hundreds of Danielle Steel books, this one was different, I really loved it!! The reader was really, really good. At first I wasn't sure because he had a accent and I was worried about understanding him well, It was no problem, he kept me intrigued the entire time!! I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MarkandKathy Kindle Account Manakin Sabot, VA, US 10-25-05
    MarkandKathy Kindle Account Manakin Sabot, VA, US 10-25-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Sorry, I really didn't like this book."

    This book is incredibly shallow, and incredibly depressing. Virtually every character comes to a horrible end.

    The writing has no depth, and is terribly repetitive.

    This is the first negative review I've written in over 14 months of audible membership 'reading' at least 4 books a month.

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    Sue Galena , IL, USA 05-20-05
    Sue Galena , IL, USA 05-20-05
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    "Probably the best of Danielle Steel"

    This is, by far, our favorite Danielle Steel. In my opinion, she did a great job of developing characters with real depth. We listened to the book on a two day car trip. The story was so compelling that we actually stayed in the car at our destination to finish one of the chapters. My husband enjoyed it as much as I did!

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    Barry Delray beach, FL, USA 12-21-04
    Barry Delray beach, FL, USA 12-21-04 Member Since 2003
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    "echoes"

    A wonderful Danielle Steele book that even my husband will enjoy. Not her typical book by any means.

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    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 06-25-13
    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth Your Listening Time"

    Poignant storyline that intertwines the lives that existed during the horrors of Hiltler's regime. Story of history, love and faith.

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    Amy Lees Summit, MO, United States 04-01-13
    Amy Lees Summit, MO, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Echoes is an awesome reminder of our past!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Echoes to be better than the print version?

    I would imagine the print version would be just as good as the audio version and very hard to put down!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Behtta - a woman with class and dignity yet knows how to take a change. She knew how to love and be faithful to those she loved - no matter what.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Simon Prebble was a great narrator - I didn't have one favorite as he was able to do a great job on all the characters.


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

    I cried in the middle due to sadness and cried for joy at the end. A wonderful feel-good kind of cry.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful story of the Holocaust and the victims it targeted - no matter how small or far. This story will leave the reader wanting more...in a good way!

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