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
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
What a surprise to find that this story is based on things that really happened. I loved this story, I loved the writing, the narration, and the incredible ending. Please listen to this one. It will restore your faith in mankind.
I am writing a bad review about a book I loved. Here is an author who could have, and should have gone the extra step. That is take on the impossible challenge of writing the rest of the story, but she didn't.
There are so many books out there covering the same ground, and even the great (War and Remembrance comes to mind, The Seamstress, even the Hiding Place) didn't handle the what happened next very well. But I feel like I made it though all that and I wanted an ending.
Alyson Richmond has the ability to make her characters hold on to your heart, they may be you grandmother /father, you love them. I really feel cheated of the rest of the story, this is one author who could have done it, but didn't. I guess I feel like pouting, sorry but this was an epic missed opportunity, and it just makes me sad. The narrators are transcendent , awesome writing and perfect narration, just needed the last three chapters...
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
The story as told by two separate people was wonderful. Their story was well written and was not so far out it would be called dreaming. I loved the detail and emotion of their lives as it unfolded through WW2. The Holocaust was a traumatic event and this story captured the daily life of what some would have lived through. I was so impressed and felt this author has a good skill in story telling. I will look for her again, as well as read this again.
Haunting, beautiful, and wonderfully read. Don't miss this one. The kind of audio book that has you walking your dog in the dark just so you can keep listening!
Nurse Anesthetist. Love audiobooks!
This is a a great book but is so heart breaking! The author relates at the end of the book that the book was about some fictional characters and some real people and their experiences during WW2 and the attempted extermination of Jews.
The book is the story of 2 young people who fall in love and get married just as the worst of the roundup of the Jewish population in neighboring countries starts. It's told from the point of view of both the boy/man Josef and the girl/woman Lenka. It takes them from young adolescence to old age. The author does a wonderful job of fleshing out the main characters as well as their close family and their friends. Having read a number of books set during the Holocaust, I found myself holding my breath hoping against hope that these kind, compassionate people would somehow find a way out before it was too late. I feel like I knew them and their family and get a pain in my heart when I think of what their lives were like. I don't think I could survive for very long under the conditions that this book describes in graphic detail. It's not gratuitous detail, though, because it did happen!
Every book I have read that is set during the World War II, makes me search and search my mind for what would make seemingly ordinary citizens of a town turn on other members of their community the way the people in Germany as well as other surrounding countries did. I find it terrifying that this could and has happened since that time. It happened in Kosovo and is happening right now in the Middle East. What possible reason could someone who considers themselves to be a "good" person, give for allowing the horrific things that were done to all these people. I wonder if I would be strong enough to risk my life and the lives of my family to stand against someone like Hitler. How could someone who we see now, looking back, was a psychopath, enlist reasonable human beings to turn into monsters. Were the people just weak or was he just that seductive?
This is not a comfortable book to read. Nor is it a enjoyable book to read, but it is a really, really good book. It happens that I listened to this book over the Christmas holiday. I hadn't planned it that way, but it just turned out that way. I usually listen to books that are interesting and enjoyable to read. This book had me on the verge of sobbing the entire time. I really wanted to not have started it, but I had to find out what happened to these particular people. I recommend this book highly but not as light reading, because it will break your heart!
The holocaust experience is so well-documented that the wife's story at the camps was repetitive. Touring Yad Vashem or even the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is a better way to understand the history than a novel.
The experience of survivors is less well-documented and made a much more interesting story. More focus on the post-war experience, already the most powerful part of the story, would have made the book much better.
That's the best compliment I could give a book. Even knowing the entire story, I would listen to this book again. So "real" as many have said. The human perspectives come across believable and natural. It reminds me that many paths cross and lives intersect in amazing ways. Don't miss this one!
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
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.
I am a lover of history and the fantastic tales of human achievement (or folly). Sometimes, a grand author captures my imagination.
This was another recommendation based on my reading history on Audible. Specifically I think it was based on my love for ‘Beautiful Ruins’ which was a spectacular novel. There is so much to grasp in this novel which floats between two human beings, Lenka and Josef, forever joined through love in a tumultuous time. Separated and lost, they continue their lives into the future still longing for the times they had spent together during the early part of WWII. Remarkable research on the Theresienstadt concentration camp is embedded in the novel where Lenka suffers through the Nazi occupation. Both believe the other has perished and only a chance encounter many decades ahead will fulfill their eternal love. The story is very believable since millions were separated through anguish, hatred and circumstance during WWII. The author specifically mentions that she was inspired by a similar event that was conveyed to her. It is a beautiful story and well written. Sadly, the narration is so so. But it is worth a listen.
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