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
Yes. I loved the characters.
Lenka was my favorite character. Her strength and determination were inspiring.
Having two narrators tell the story was very effective.
The end was fabulous.
No, it was too sad. I would recommend it to someone interested in reading a sad story about concentration camps during WWII.
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.
I loved the narrators. They were believable in their sadness.
All the people in the concentration camps. I just want to feed them.
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.
Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
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!
I could not stop listening to the story wanting this young couple to find each other but Their journey haunted me for the inhuman acts and torture that occurred during the Holocaust.
Narration was excellent. I first heard George Guidall in The Golhm and the Jinn. He was perfect in that narration and Suzanne Toren was just as good. The Arthur's analogies to Art were brilliant.
At first I wasn't sure of this reading. Both narrators I've heard so many times I thought I would hate it. But it is an excellent novel and the narrators ended up being so good for the roles, it's hard to believe I doubted them.
I LOVE historical fiction - especially of the WWII era. This is a great story (parts of which are true) intertwined with historical facts. My 2 favorite narrators make this an even better listen.
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