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Schindler's List | [Thomas Keneally]

Schindler's List

In the century's darkest time, one man became the most unlikely of heroes. German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler used his wealth and influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews who would have otherwise died in the concentration camp at Plaszow. Here is the story on which Steven Spielberg based his powerful motion picture. If you like this, try Ursula Hegi's Stones from a River.

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Publisher's Summary

During the Holocaust at the German concentration camp near Plaszow, thousands of Jews lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis. More than a thousand others were spared thanks to a womanizing, heavy-drinking, German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member named Oskar Schindler. One of the most remarkable narratives of the Holocaust, Schindler's List masterfully recreates the daring exploits of Schindler, who used his enormous fortune to build a factory near the concentration camp and his influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews. It is an absorbing, suspenseful, and moving account of Schindler's legacy of life.

©1993 Serpentine Publishing Co. PTY LTD. All Rights Reserved; (P)1993 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    ilana 08-18-12
    ilana 08-18-12
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    If you could sum up Schindler's List in three words, what would they be?

    does not bring the full story- alltestimonials are missing


    What could Thomas Keneally have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It is not Thomas' Keneally's fault


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

    His personality. although he dos not pronounce right many German names and words


    Any additional comments?

    As I said - the grim details are missing. I am comparing it to Schindler's Ark - It is the same but the book includes testimonials and details that the audio version does not include. I wonder why this is.

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    marilyn watkins USA / Barbados 04-16-12
    marilyn watkins USA / Barbados 04-16-12
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    "Masterpiece"
    If you could sum up Schindler's List in three words, what would they be?

    Intense compassion crazy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Schindler's List?

    Schindler's acquiring the jews who were on the list to be sent to a consentration camp to work in his factory


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

    Passion


    If you could rename Schindler's List, what would you call it?

    The man who deified an empire


    Any additional comments?

    Not only go for history students but for anyone who wants to know about truly loving one's neighbour as oneself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DYMPNA BUCCAN, Australia 02-23-12
    DYMPNA BUCCAN, Australia 02-23-12
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    What did you love best about Schindler's List?

    The panache and risks that Oscar Schindler took to save as many people as he could from the Nazi concentration camps. His bravado.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How wonderful a human spirit Oscar Schindler was and his contribution to saving lives, albeit small in comparison to the gross atrocities that occurred. He truly is a lion-heart for all that he risked and accomplished.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Kingsley – was your favorite?

    Oscar - because he is portrayed as a worthwhile human being who was not swayed by the propaganda machine. In essence, he risked his life for the Jewish community. He didn't have to do that, but his compassion for justice was strong.


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

    Just made me sad that the world has to live with that event forever - may we never forget, and may we be ever on guard for it to ever happen again. I feel especially for all the


    Any additional comments?

    Great film. Great book. This is the first time I have read a book after having seen the film but I was never disappointed.

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    Serena little rock, AR, USA 03-15-04
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    "A great companion to the movie"

    Fills in the blanks from Spielberg's film and provides an excellent read.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Juan SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico 11-23-12
    Juan SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico 11-23-12
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    no more


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    nothing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was not able to download it. it is too complicated


    Any additional comments?

    Please cancel my subscription to Audible

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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