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The Lost Wife Audiobook

The Lost Wife: A Novel

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.
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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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    Mary Sue Andeen Phoenix, AZ 05-18-14
    Mary Sue Andeen Phoenix, AZ 05-18-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Beautifully written and narrated!"

    This book is very well written and the narrators make it complete. I have read and listened to many books on the Jewish Holocaust, this one took my breath away. It is a love story and a courageous survival story. Make sure you listen to the authors comments at the end of the book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 05-11-14
    Kelly 05-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my favorite book."
    Would you try another book from Alyson Richman and/or George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ?

    Maybe.


    What was most disappointing about Alyson Richman’s story?

    Very slow moving book. I probably would've liked this book better 20 or 30 years ago when I found such undying love more believable. In addition, the female lead (Lenka) supposedly loved her family so much that she wouldn't leave them but after they got to the ghetto there was not much mention of them..especially her father...at least not until those characters were needed again to evoke more emotions.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance?

    I liked George Guidall's performance well enough but found Suzanne Toren's performance overly dramatic. Her intonations made EVERY sentence drip with import....and not ALL of the sentences needed to be that dramatic IMO.


    31 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    FanB14 08-26-14
    FanB14 08-26-14

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Not Stellar, but Solid"

    Joseph and Lanka fall in love during Nazi occupation in WWII. Told from alternating points of view, the two take divergent paths and most of the book is spent on their quest to find each other, meaning, and simply survival be it from atrocities or boredom. The characters are fairly well developed as are the backstories. Entertaining, enjoyable, just not engrossing. There are so many other titles during this time period to be placed at the top of your lists, but this one is solidly in the middle. Great purchase if on sale.

    37 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya Malta, ID, United States 05-27-14
    Tonya Malta, ID, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Learned much"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Wife the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book learned about WW II but also enjoyed the love story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joseph was my favorite


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

    Loved them they did a gread job


    Any additional comments?

    I was left wanting more.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 12-10-12
    Tom 12-10-12
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    "passive active"

    Well-written. The style is such that you don't notice it. The book has plenty of action, dealing with the Nazi's and concentration camp life, but it is more a love story than a tale of World War II.

    One learns in the opening pages that Lenka (sp) is the lost wife who Joseph finds at a wedding reception when they are in their 80s. Their stories proceed separately from that point with Lenka starting with her childhood in Prague and Joseph looking back at various events in his post-Prague life in the U.S. I stuck with the book, but I became impatient with Joseph's story. George Guidall does his typical superb narration but he can't really bring much life to Joseph who has the passive story, assessing his life from old age. Lenka's story is the active one, which is the larger part of the book and fairly interesting.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cookie Anacortes, WA, United States 10-29-12
    Cookie Anacortes, WA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2014

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    "so close."

    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...

    28 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 03-15-13
    Sher from Provo Utah 03-15-13 Member Since 2015

    tired teacher

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    "Incredible Story"

    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.

    20 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 12-14-15
    Jennifer 12-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it! wanted more"

    The book was wonderful but left me wanting more! It really was such a touching and emotional book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Milwaukee, WI, United States 09-28-15
    Richard Milwaukee, WI, United States 09-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Much Focus on the Wife"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 01-04-15
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 01-04-15 Member Since 2012

    romans55

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    "Would Read Again!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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