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Have met Schindler survivors and visited his grave, so was looking forward to listening to the book, but I should have known that I wouldn't get involved in an abridged book. Too much was left out. Will have to wait for an complete version of Schindler's Ark or have the time to read the book.
... if unabridged! Kingsly blew this out of the water! Goose bumps, tears, pounding heart- he made me feel it.
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When confronted with danger, most people will shy away but Schindler did not and not only did he not shy away but he risked everything to save as many people as he could during the Holocaust and no matter how many times I hear this story I can't help but get goosebumps and chills. He was such a great hero and his deeds will forever be remembered by the entire families for every one of the thousands of people he saved. Making this book that much better, Kingsley does a great job as the narrator. It's hard to say this, but this book could actually be better than the classic movie starring Liam Neeson, who was nominated for an Oscar for his outstanding portrayal of the late great Oskar Schindler. Also, I really enjoyed the ending of this book and how Schindler made out following WW!!.Found that to be very interesting and something that I definitely did not know beforehand.
Two thumbs up and highly recommended!!
I've not seen the movie so this was my first exposure to the story of Oscar Schindler and the Jews of Krakow. The story's slow buildup is what sticks in my mind. No one in Krakow new, of course, what was going to happen. Each new regulation (Jews can't have more than xxx marks in their bank account) was greeted with a kind of resignation -- maybe this one will be the last. The tale is told with a neutral tone that only increases the feelings in the reader of foreboding, shock, and sadness. This book, more than any other, reveals the beurocratic nature of the holocaust, and how it used the existing government and industrial system, of ordinay people, to follow an agenda of madness.
I am legally blind and talking books are the way I survive.
Thomas Keneally always has a message and a challenge for his readers. The challenge here is to acknowledge that all of us are capable of cruelty and compassion. The challenge for all of us is to find that middle road so that at our death they may say of us "he was a good man".
Having read the actual book, the abridged version seems to have left out a considerable amount of story lines that were needed in my opinion to be left in.
Yes, as long as it was not an abridged reading
None really stand out above any other
It was Schindler's List which is a fantastic story in itself.
This would have been a great listen unabridged
I had high hopes for this one as well, knowing the towering achievement of a movie based on this book. However, the reader, Ben Kingsley, should stick to acting and leave the audio books to someone who cares more about what he's doing. Simply put, I thought he did a terrible job reading this book. No vocal inflection to indicate changing moods and themes, very little personalization of individual characters, no vocal anything, just one monotone. I had to shut it off because it was making me so sleepy. I cannot recommend this audio book unless as a cure for insomnia.
As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.
I've always loved this story. Too bad it's abridged for audio but I have the hard copy.
As we see time and time again throughout history, it only takes one voice, the rest will follow.
I must admit I didn't see that it was an abridged audiobook ...
I wanted to follow on with my paper copy of the book.After I realised I could not follow along with the book, I simply tried to listen to the story.
I found that the way the author writes is like a series of facts. No doubt Keneally wants to make sure that he presents a true accurate account of what happened, so maybe that is why he writes that way, but I found that there was little suspense in the book, unlike the movie where I genuinely on the edge of my seats.
Instead what I felt we got was a series of dry facts ...
I loved the important message of both this book, audiobook and the film
... for me I don't think this abridged audiobook tells the story in as clear or as compelling a way as the film unfortunately.
(perhaps an unabridged version would have done better, I'm not sure)
Perhaps watch the movie again ... it made me realise what a fantastic job they did with the movie to make it a cohesive and suspenseful story
It is an important story and an important book
... but this abridged audio recording was too dry for me unfortunately
Sometimes, I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
This was an excellent book, though I wish there was more. I am surprised that the Unabridged version is not offered.
Breathtaking, gritty, spellbinding
The fact it is a true story you can visualise it happening
His voice captures you
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