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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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    Virginia 12-04-15
    Virginia 12-04-15
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    "WWII"

    An Interesting but painful story read in the two main characters' voices. Interesting author's note at the end offers insight to the real people and circumstances which inspired the novel.

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    K.Holzer West Des Moines, IA United States 11-25-15
    K.Holzer West Des Moines, IA United States 11-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing and lackluster"

    This book was not at all what I'd hoped based on other reviews. SPOILER ALERT (not major but some:)

    In the author's note at the end, she mentions that she had planned simply on writing a book about an artist who survived the holocaust. Then she was at a party and heard the story of the newlyweds whose grandparents ended up being husband and wife from before WWII. It seems she attempted to shoddily combine both ideas and neither got fully fleshed out. The very first chapter pulls a major punch and I could have lived with that had the book come back around full circle - but the ending is just a stop ... not an ENDing. I was left feeling as if I'd waded through all the rest of the book to be jilted at the end.

    I had recently listened to The Storyteller by Jody Piccoult. If you want a rich, deep, horrifyingly beautiful accounting of the holocaust across generations - go there. After that book this one just seemed too superficial.

    Finally, I found the female author's narration way too rough and brash for Lenka. Especially when she is narrating parts where men speak to Lenka she makes their voices loud and abrasive even at the softest moments. There is one part where Lenka's name is whispered "like a prayer" - and she all but shouted it. The male narration however was totally spot on and a delight to hear.

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    E. Calero Westchester NY 11-24-15
    E. Calero Westchester NY 11-24-15 Member Since 2015

    I believe books transport you to worlds only imaginable in your wildest dreams! I also enjoy self-help books. I love books!!!!

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    "Amazing Book!"

    This book made me cry through its clear and concise depiction of the horrors of the holocaust. It's amazing that so many people who lived and survived the concentration camps were resilient in rebuilding their lives; and in honoring the lives of those who perished. I enjoyed the love story being a theme in the story without taking away any of the raw pain and cruelties experienced by the Jewish people during WWII.


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    megan 11-17-15
    megan 11-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It was okay."

    A little disappointed by this book. Great and interesting concept, but I wish it had given more detail. The whole thing felt rushed.

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    AJ United States 11-13-15
    AJ United States 11-13-15 Member Since 2014

    I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)

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    "Power of First Love AND art history"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Wife the most enjoyable?

    The pace and my two FAVORITE narrators, George Guidall and Suzanne Toren.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is based on some truths about the history of paintings from the hand of prisoners of war in concentration camps and a beautiful love story.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Josef was my favorite


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    First love...Only love.


    Any additional comments?

    the narrators were so perfect...they could read a cereal box and i'd enjoy it. the author's detail was so exquisite; from the description of a face to the portrayal of an emotion. the ending was not as satisfying as i would have hoped; but that is the romantic in me. I will read Alyson Richman again! don't miss this book!

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    Baxter Central IL USA 11-12-15
    Baxter Central IL USA 11-12-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Heartbreaking and Hopeful"
    Would you listen to The Lost Wife again? Why?

    Yes. I loved the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lenka was my favorite character. Her strength and determination were inspiring.


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

    Having two narrators tell the story was very effective.


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

    The end was fabulous.


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    Kevin 11-12-15
    Kevin 11-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mesmerizing"

    Well written and performed. Hated to come to the end. Will look for more books by this author.

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    Amanda Winchester, TN, United States 11-05-15
    Amanda Winchester, TN, United States 11-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Poetic sadness saturated in art."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, it was too sad. I would recommend it to someone interested in reading a sad story about concentration camps during WWII.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the author intertwined everything into art. Every emotion and feeling was conveyed through different artistic media. The words were very well constructed to keep up this theme.


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

    I loved the narrators. They were believable in their sadness.


    If you could take any character from The Lost Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    All the people in the concentration camps. I just want to feed them.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this to anyone I actual know because I would not want them to have to endure the magnitude of sadness that this book contains. However, I would recommend it to someone who is looking for catharsis on such a level that the sadness would take days to go away. It was hard to get into at first, but the sadder it became, the more entranced I became.

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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 10-29-15
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 10-29-15 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

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    "Wow....I'm left speechless"

    What a wonderful concept...can a man find his "lost wife" over fifty years after World War II? Something we have to ponder as we learn the story of each in this book. Richman does a spectacular job of describing what life was like during the Holocaust. I'm left speechless as to the suffering that people had to endure, and the story is especially engrossing as told through the eyes of the artist Lenka. She has been torn away from her new husband Josef after the war begins and we are told of both their tragic stories. But will they be lucky enough to finally find each other at the end? You'll have to get the book to find out. The author weaves a wonderful love story amongst all the atrocities of the war. This is a story everyone should read!

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    Todd 10-24-15
    Todd 10-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved"

    Not qualified as book critic. This is only my 6th book, all have been good, but I loved this the most. I will listen to it for a second time.

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