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The Lost Wife Audiobook

The Lost Wife: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

©2011 Alyson Richman (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Sara 01-27-14
    Sara 01-27-14

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    "Love, Strength & Survival"
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    This book is a beautifully written story of love and strength. The book spans 80 years in the lives of several families that intersect, separate and then join again over time. It is based on the lives of real people and speaks of deep familial love and struggles for survival in WWII Prague. The narrators each gave perfect voice to the characters they portrayed. At first I was concerned about the two alternating readers-- but it quickly made sense and added depth to the telling of the story. While the book speaks of desolation and destruction it also presents beauty, art, deep love and courage. A really wonderful recommended listen.

    60 of 68 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 12-09-14
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 12-09-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A Beautiful Story"

    Such a heart-wrenching story and so beautifully written. I can't remember crying during a book since A Tale of Two Cities a few years ago; I did a bit for this one. The horrors of the Final Solution hit home. Though this story has some unusual twists, it seems so believable because some among the millions who suffered must have had similar experiences.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald S. Gold cleveland 06-21-14
    Gerald S. Gold cleveland 06-21-14 Member Since 2009

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    "A beatifully sad story well told and well acted."
    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    I liked the way the author wove the two young lovers into a pattern of separate life times. The lost wife lived through the most unimaginal horrors but was able to survive through her art. The story of what happened to Jewish Art during the holocaust is not often told.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Wife to and why?

    Sarah s Key


    What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    I thought she was really special. He came across best when he described himself before his grandsons wedding


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did .


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read this if you don't expect to cry.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Mabry, Jr. 12-12-14 Member Since 2015

    An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.

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    "If you start it, It will not let you go."

    The Lost Wife is a poignant and powerful story of love, personal strength, and hardship in war torn Czechoslovakia. Told from two voices, one a Jewish doctor who escapes the holocaust and the other his young wife who is sent to a concentration camp. Their separate stories cover over sixty years. This powerful book is not to be missed.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne 02-12-14
    Lynne 02-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "So much, and yet - not too much!"

    This book found the important balance between tragedy and evil on the one side and strength and character to overcome it all on the other side. Sometimes an author can create a story about losing everything without losing oneself. In these stories the characters, while you mourn with them for their loses and for the impact of those loses on their lives, you still experience the resiliency of human spirit to make a life in the wake of it all. This book was so good I bought it for others as a gift.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 12-27-13
    Trish Virginia 12-27-13 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "A Wonderful Listen!!"

    This was a very good story, but in my opinion, the narration was exceptional and made the book. The story unfolds from the perspectives of the two main characters, both narrated individually. You live through their tragedies and triumphs, the whole time willing them back to a life together. It has some very sad moments, but considering the setting, it could have been much worse.

    My one very small issue with the storyline is one side of the story seemed rushed at the end--I would loved to have had more of the story filled in before it ended. But that does not keep me from rating it highly and recommending the book--especially this audio version.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine SOUTHGATE, MI, United States 03-23-14
    Katherine SOUTHGATE, MI, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved every minute of it!"
    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    The story was superb and the narrations elevated it to another level. Almost as it you were watching the story in your mind!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The details and descriptions of the horrors endured at the camps.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I have not read the book in print I image it is better as an audible book. The accents and feelings portrayed by the narrators makes the characters come to life.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-01-12
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-01-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Never read a book so fast"
    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    Everything. I loved the way the two narrators wove the story of the star-crossed lovers chapter by chapter. I loved the character development and the way the accents were done.
    I enjoyed the epilogue and felt the ending was perfect. This is one of the most endearing books I've listed to and I was sorry to have it end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

    Josef's careful descriptions of his feelings are precious. I felt that when he burned his letters to Lenka, he was putting to rest his restless longing for her. His dreams of his family being happy for him are foreshadowing for what is to come. Don't want to spoil the book by saying much more.


    What does George Guidall and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The two narrators brought the characters to life and I could not possibly have gotten the same feeling I got listening to their voices. I was impressed by Mr. Guidall's recitation of the Kaddish prayer, which was very authentic. I would seek out more books narrated by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The meeting of the two grandparents at the end was memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Run don't walk to download this book. I don't think I've ever worn my earbuds for so long!

    51 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Anna E Key. 02-03-16
    Anna E Key. 02-03-16
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    "A long journey I gladly followed"

    Excellent production, the story covered so much... life before, during, and after the war. I loved getting to know the characters and glimpsing what it must be like to have survived the holocaust. I think back upon friends' parents I knew with a deeper appreciation for how they managed their new lives in the US. While listening to the audio book I couldn't help think that if only some of Donald Trump's supporters could hear this story and learn a little history, they wouldn't be so quick to condemn another solely based on a person's religion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Todd United States 02-26-14
    Todd United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely and heartbreaking."
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Wife the most enjoyable?

    This book captured me from the start.


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

    I sat in my car and cried at the end.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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