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The Lost Wife: A Novel | [Alyson Richman]

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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    Shelfish IL, United States 10-23-14
    Shelfish IL, United States 10-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful story"

    This is fictional history, which is what I enjoy most. The story is beautifully told from two different points of view. It is set in Prague, pre-WW11. There are a lot of stories written about this time period and this one is very nicely told. Although it depicts the horrendous events people went through in concentration camps, it is not too difficult to read. The narrators did a wonderful job and I found myself not wanting to stop listening. The story will break your heart, it is very emotional, but it is definitely worth the listen.

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-14-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-14-14
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    "Unforgetable Love Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Wife to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. The narrators were wonderful choices for the characters, depicting the dreams and fears and memories of two people who survived war and love and loss long ago, their marriages to each other and others, the longing... I can't even begin to describe how thrilled I am with these narrator choices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

    The depiction of the concentration camps and some of the resistance work... the deprivation... it is not happy reading, but it is unforgetable.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, both... and this one shines above them all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not an easy read... depicting with an artist's precision the love and loss and anger and pain experienced by the main characters. I purchased this book on sale, but it would be well worth the credit.
    This is not just a love story, but a story of war, of family, of unforgetable tenderness.

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    Debi 10-02-14
    Debi 10-02-14
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    "Loved It!!"

    I need to read more books like this to remind me what the Jews went through! I wasn't born when this happened, so for us to not repeat something like this we need to study the history of it. I'm still amazed at the fact that average people stood by and let this happen! Would we do this again? Have we learned our lesson? Would we allow a government to do something like this?

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    J. Diamond NJ 09-28-14
    J. Diamond NJ 09-28-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Captivating story"
    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    The story was engrossing, the narration wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subject matter is one of interest to me, so of course it held my attention, but the prose was so beautifully written that it held my attention even through sections that I normally would pass through.


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

    Their voices were age-appropriate and their inflections were perfect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book in audio version.

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    Camilla 09-25-14
    Camilla 09-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A very good story that's well read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole book


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could rename The Lost Wife, what would you call it?

    The title is already good and wouldn't change it.


    Any additional comments?

    I will look for additional books by both reader and writer

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    Kitty Kat CA 09-07-14
    Kitty Kat CA 09-07-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Great reminder of WWII Atrocities"
    If you could sum up The Lost Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Very memorable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

    When Lannie finally meets her first husband.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    I cannot choose one. They were all well performed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You will never forget this story.


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    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 08-30-14
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 08-30-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

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    "A New All Time Favorite"
    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    The writing is superb. Full of important detail and emotion. The story is so believable and some what true.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters are my favorite but the writer makes it to where you are just routing for everyone to be ok.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same, "The Lost Wife". It fits.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just had such a great story and I had a hard time every time I had to stop listening. It is sad but it has such history to it that it makes it such a great listening.

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    Christina 08-30-14
    Christina 08-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully written, beautifully narrated"

    This story focuses on love and hope. Alyson Richman's elegant writing style combined with heart-touching moments made me smile and, several times, nearly brought me to tears. I love the fact that the book is inspired by true-life stories of several people, combined into one heart-felt novel.

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    Lauri 08-24-14
    Lauri 08-24-14

    I love to be totally immersed in a good story. I love the thrill of the middle of a great book. Thinking about it all day... wondering what will happen and then enjoying the conclusion. Nothing frustrates me more than an author who weaves an intense story line, builds interesting characters and then dumps me into despair by ending it all abruptly. Just hate that. I relish the "ahhhhh" at the end of a great story.

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    "Powerfully moving love story rich with history!"
    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    The masterful way the author told each of the stories so that I did not lose track of the characters or time was artful.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Wife to and why?

    The Book Thief is the same time period.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed each of these readers. I thought that Ms Toren was so believable without overly dramatizing so that I lost sight of the fact this was a book being read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.... it was moving, interesting and insightful but it was also hard. The story line of WWII of course is so hard but must be told. I found that at times I just needed a lightness of heart so I would take a break.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the way that the book framed around an art theme. I really enjoyed this. How precious all those works are because they were a glimpse into the tragedy of what mankind is capable of.

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    Bev CLINTON, NY, United States 08-04-14
    Bev CLINTON, NY, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Own a small business and took up listening to books so I could multi-task. Am now hooked and only read when I can get whisper-sync.

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    "Moving Story"

    The story of two people, caught up in a war that destroyed, not only their future together, but the lives of their families as well. The narration carried you along on a current of joy, sadness, discovery and resignation. Told through the main characters, Lenka and Joseph, you follow their lives from youth to old age. Wonderfully written and filled with emotion. Love everything about it until the last few minutes of the story. I would have given the story 5 starts as well, but the ending fell a bit flat for me.

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