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
I only selected this story because of my appreciation for the narration of George Guidall. I now have a newfound respect for Suzanne Toren and Alyson Richman.
A superbly crafted tale of love lost and found set amidst the horrors of the second world war.
I highly recommend this novel.
The richness of the writing compared with the authenticity of the narrators was amazing.
It's hard to pick one, just pick a book that ripped your heart out and add in heartache and suffering.
Their pronunciations were on point - I really felt like they were the characters.
I would take lenka, just because I liked her the best.
It was so enjoyable to listen to, I couldn't stop. It was like watching a movie with my brain and ears instead of my eyes. Gorgeous in every way.
From the first pages to the end I loved this book. The narrators carefully painted a vivid picture for me, keeping me deeply immersed in the book.
After listening to the first few chapters, I've recommended this book to many friends. It's a wonderful story and I was sad it the book was over.
It was a beautiful story but quite disturbing.
Many books written about the Jews during the Holocaust.
Josef - he struggled with the loss of his wife and child only to come to the United States and struggle to obtain an education and raise a family.
THE LOST LIVES
I don't remember why I chose this book but it sat in my queue for some time. It is hard to listen to the suffering the characters have to endure. But it is never maudlin or sentimental. George Guidell nearly brought me to tears and Suzanne Toren is excellent. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a good, engaging story. I think the only negative is the title, could not have been the authors first choice.
I've read many Holocaust novels. They are all painful to read, but I continue to believe it's crucial that we be aware that there is something in human nature that makes far to easy for us to slip into cruelty - especially when we see people as different or less than we are. I especially appreciated this authors descriptions of what the two main characters felt in the 60 years that the novel covered.
This book started with one of the most spectacular plot lines I've ever heard. The story built from there, and then . . . nothing. The ending had nothing to do with the beginning. What happened? Is this the first in a series?
The ending, or lack of one.
They both gave wonderful performances.
I wouldn't cut one scene, but I sure would have demanded an ending!
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