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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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  • 1982 Man Booker Prize Winner

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    Dona Hamilton, Australia 11-13-11
    Dona Hamilton, Australia 11-13-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Abridged books just don't cut it!"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    As my Wimsey takes me 11-03-11 Member Since 2008

    Words...words. Words.

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    "Would be perfect..."

    ... if unabridged! Kingsly blew this out of the water! Goose bumps, tears, pounding heart- he made me feel it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Oxford Mills, ON, Canada 04-26-05
    Ian Oxford Mills, ON, Canada 04-26-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Astounding"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-23-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "A True Hero"

    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor Bend, OR, United States 07-31-12
    Trevor Bend, OR, United States 07-31-12
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    "Not good"
    What disappointed you about Schindler's List?

    Its the abridged copy


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    his accent threw me off i could barely understand him


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

    book is a great one


    Any additional comments?

    I am very disappointed that this is the abridged copy so it skips throughout the whole book... it doesn't even tell the whole story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Penrith, Australia 04-24-12
    David Penrith, Australia 04-24-12

    I am legally blind and talking books are the way I survive.

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    "We are all capable of cruelty and compassion"

    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".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lloyd Waverly, Tennessee, United States 12-26-11
    Lloyd Waverly, Tennessee, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Abridged too far"
    What disappointed you about Schindler's List?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas Keneally? Why or why not?

    Yes, as long as it was not an abridged reading


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

    None really stand out above any other


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

    It was Schindler's List which is a fantastic story in itself.


    Any additional comments?

    This would have been a great listen unabridged

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marv Lowell, MI, USA 06-24-06
    Marv Lowell, MI, USA 06-24-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Powerful book, powerless audio book"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    W. Lee Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 10-12-14
    W. Lee Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 10-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the movie, didn't like the abridged book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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)


    Did Schindler's List inspire you to do anything?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    It is an important story and an important book

    ... but this abridged audio recording was too dry for me unfortunately

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    Tarisa 06-18-13
    Tarisa 06-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Sometimes, I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

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    "Wish it was Unabridged"

    This was an excellent book, though I wish there was more. I am surprised that the Unabridged version is not offered.

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    If you could sum up Schindler's List in three words, what would they be?

    Breathtaking, gritty, spellbinding


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact it is a true story you can visualise it happening


    What about Ben Kingsley’s performance did you like?

    His voice captures you


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Spell binding


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