In this sweeping novel, James A. Michener chronicles eight tumultuous centuries as three Polish families live out their destinies. The Counts Lubonski, the petty nobles Bukowksi, and the peasants Buk are at times fiercely united, at others tragically divided. With an inspiring tradition of resistance to brutal invaders, from the barbarians to the Nazis, and a heritage of pride that burns through eras of romantic passion and courageous solidarity, their common story reaches a breathtaking culmination in the historic showdown between the ruthless Communists and rebellious farmers of the modern age. Like the heroic land that is its subject, Poland teems with vivid events, unforgettable characters, and the unfolding drama of an entire nation.
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"Engrossing.... A page-turner in the grand Michener tradition." (The Washington Post)
"A Michener epic is far more than a bedtime reader, it's an experience. Poland is a monumental effort, a magnificent guide to a better understanding of the country's tribulations." (Chicago Tribune)
I was very glad I listened to the book, but I found it incredibly tedious. I learned more than I expected, but longer for an emotional connection.
Ultimately I couldn't put it down but listened to it on double time. And now I want to go to Poland by way of Vienna.
I originally read this book back in the 90's. It's a magnificent read and I couldn't wait to hear the audible version after all this time. However, the performance is lacking; too mechanical and dull. The characters have no life and the store overall is presented at a single tone, Disappointed in the performance not in the store or in Michener.
The most profoundly moving book I have read in a long time. It has gained me so much more understanding of the Polish people and their culture. A pity the narrator didn't check who to pronounce Polish words like Wrocław.
So much I did not know. Poland Has endured so much injustice. While hard to hear sad events, important to realize what has happened.
A great storyteller, Michener takes you through almost a thousand years of Polish History via the families living along the Vistula river.
Possibly not, but only because it's really long and I have a lot of books in my queue. I might if I take another trip to Poland, just to brush up.
The scene in which two concentration camp survivors are discussing their feelings of guilt over things they did to survive, as well as their discussion of Holocaust deniers, was very powerful.
This book is long but very engaging. Though there were portions that were a little slow, I routinely found myself laughing out loud while listening. Michener is a masterful storyteller on a very broad scale, and McKeever has a very pleasing voice (and does great with all the difficult Polish pronunciations!). A great book overall, especially for someone who wants to get at least a taste of Polish history and culture.
Once again the author brings you into another place, another time and another well researched novel.
With that said it did take me a few extra chapters to fully get involved with the characters and the back ground, but don't give up it's a fantastic novel.
Loved this book and despite others who criticize the narration I loved it. Mitchners books are mainly historical with characters immersed through out that tell the story and facts of what the book is about.
if you have trouble with the narration dial the speed up a notch.
This narrator worried me at first. He sounded like a robot. When I first got the book I even played a few seconds for my kids asking them if this was a robot. They said yes. I listened all the way through. Mostly while driving. I like the narrator now very much for this story. Either he warms up as we go or I adjust; probably a little of both. His flat delivery becomes an asset as he delivers subtle inflections during the various parts. Interesting effect. Does not tire me out overacting.
The story is a sweep through centuries but as a son of a father from the Gdansk area, details of the long history of the country of Poland are fascinating to me. The intro stating Michener's extensive research for this book provided most impressive credentials, giving a nice confidence to the listener. If one is interested in this part of the world's history, then it is highly recommended.
Fascinating stories in fascinating past of astonishing country. The book itself, created in hot beginning of the 1980s is a witness of this time. Disadvantage of the audiobook is incorrect pronounciation of Polish names - even alter explanation how to pronounce, which is part of story in chapter six Eg. there is no mute 'c' in '-ck' but sound similar to 'tsk' - it is esp. annoing in names like Potocki or Branicki. The exception is name of the forrest 'Szczęk' which is correct, regardless it Include specific Polish letter 'ę'.
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