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
Just your average bookworm.. love reading books physically, but with work and school, audiobooks are a great alternative. I host a book club, and I few of us are avid listeners. I listen while I clean, drive, and workout. Great hobby!
life's not fair.
Josef. His love for Lenka was relentless.
Josef and Lenka in their childhood, at his family's vacation home.
in a negative way, the whole narration of the Occupation
the premise is so far fetched as to be unbelievable, but the authors comments at the ending tell that is truth based....it would have been better to have her comments about the chance meeting in a prologue, which would have done nothing to reveal the ending since the ending was the beginning...
Yes, I very rarely reread a book, but I would this one!
Yes, love them both.
I could not put it down. The characters were very well developed, the story very believable, it probably happened, it led me to looking up pictures and stories of the camp the woman was in. Having had family killed in the holocaust myself, I had to stop doing that though. It is way too upsetting, but this was a beautiful story.
One of a kind love story with good second WW history. A very well written book, you always look forward to the next chapter. The story flows extremely well.
An eye opener.
The description of how the artwork was done and snuck out of the camp. How the Nazis changed the camp so that it appeared pleasant and then later turned back into it's horrible state.
Loved both of the characters. The narrators were perfect!
Lenke. I would want to show her all the compassion I had for her as I read about her.
This book was very well done. I cannot quit thinking about it.
The sense of a miracle about to unfold.
George Guidall is among my favorite narrators. I have listened to books narrated by him that I would never have had the fortitude to read. And I have thoroughly enjoyed his performance while experiencing books that I would have not experienced otherwise. I have not had the pleasure of listening to a narration by Suzanne Toren previous to this book but I will be sure to look for her as I was pleased with this narration.
There were emotional moments, to be sure. But, I feel that, the measure of this book is the lasting impression it had on me about the endurance of the human spirit under the most trying circumstances.
Thank you, Audible, for making so many wonderful books available for listening!
Yes - though the backdrop is a subject dealt with hundreds of times, the structure of the narration in first person singular of the two main characters was very interesting as was the style of narration and the voice modulation signifying the mood & the environment.
I can not pick one as there were many but some that stood out were Lenka's digging her heels on staying with her family and not going with Yosef unless the other 3 members of her family also come despite opposition from everyone.Then there was the resistance through the drawings & paintings - improvising with what was available and passing the skill to the children so that they could tell the world the truth.Gotlieb proposing to Lenka - taking her back and giving her a good complete life.After liberation Lenka going to Lutia's home and the exchange between Alichka & Lenka.
Just one word Excellent!
Somewhat like that. I finished it pretty quickly.
The depth, visulization, use of words, describing the moments, feelings, pain, suffering - superbly done.
This book gave me an insight to the plight of the Jews during the holocaust period which I did not have. I cared about the people involved, cried with them and wondered how they lived with the horror and meanness they had witnessed. Great book overall.
I thought Lenka's story was interesting but found Josef's a little boring. I also didn't find anything particularly likable about Josef and wasn't necessarily rooting for this characters to reconnect.
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