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
I don't remember why I chose this book but it sat in my queue for some time. It is hard to listen to the suffering the characters have to endure. But it is never maudlin or sentimental. George Guidell nearly brought me to tears and Suzanne Toren is excellent. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a good, engaging story. I think the only negative is the title, could not have been the authors first choice.
I've read many Holocaust novels. They are all painful to read, but I continue to believe it's crucial that we be aware that there is something in human nature that makes far to easy for us to slip into cruelty - especially when we see people as different or less than we are. I especially appreciated this authors descriptions of what the two main characters felt in the 60 years that the novel covered.
This book started with one of the most spectacular plot lines I've ever heard. The story built from there, and then . . . nothing. The ending had nothing to do with the beginning. What happened? Is this the first in a series?
The ending, or lack of one.
They both gave wonderful performances.
I wouldn't cut one scene, but I sure would have demanded an ending!
Hard story to listen to but I had to find out how they found each other again. Once they find each other again it would of been nice to have a little more at the end of the love they once again found and what happened Their is a sequel there.
The artistry of the words. The author's ability to "paint" portraits, characters, and situations in such a way that they are felt as much as heard.
The depth of emotion.
As far as I know, this is the first time that I've heard them. I enjoyed their performance.
What a strange question. I really don't have an answer.
When the book ended, I actually sat up saying, "no, no, no, it can't be over!"
I really like the interplay of the main characters stories from their own points of view. I do wish there was more of Josef's story. I think both narrators did a great job.
Professor at Federal University of Uberlândia (Brazil). I love romances and thrillers. Feel free to send me e-books suggestions!
I have no words to express the emotion that this book awakened on me. It pulled me in from the very beginning, I wanted to know what fate has prepared for each of the characters and I really wanted their safety! I usually listen to books when I'm running, in this book I often had to stop to cry a little. Beautiful, exciting! I was delighted with the performance of the narrators, I felt like I was one of the characters in the book. I was wrong when I thought I knew a lot about the Second World War, this book taught me new things like, for example, the importance of art in the concentration camps to spread what was happening with the jews.
Knowing that they came together after so many years.
The history factor was great and narration wonderful. Sad history but very real.
Wonderfully powerful story beautifully told. My heart aches for all those this story is meant to encapsulate. I'm grateful to have read this story and hope that if it is in fact turn to film, they can do it justice.
The author has a great talent. The story is lovely and heartwarming. The scenes from the camps are hard to bare. Thank you for writing this!
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