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 love to read. In high school I read a book a night; I was too exhausted to write the book reports!
I thought this was an excellent book. Lucky for me, I had visited Prague a few years back so I could truly envision the surroundings. My family was from Prague and Budapest. Quite a few never left the camps.
I was into the story on page one. The reader was excellent adding to the drama, accents, and descriptions. You are right beside the heroine. I wanted more when I finished the book.
The book opened beautifully -- George Guidall was narrating, and he is one of my favorites. I wanted to know what would happen next! But instead of going forward, the whole book told the back story. The basic story line was fine, and I'm sure it was historically correct, but it was so repetitious. I got tired of hearing how the two characters kept remembering their first kiss and their wedding night for 60 years. These scenes were told from her point of view, then repeated again from his point of view several times. There were many good parts, but the book could have been a lot shorter. As for narration -- George Guidall is amazing -- just perfect. I thought Suzanne Toren was too slow. I had to keep speeding her parts up to 1.25x, then going back to 1.00x for his parts. Overall -- no, I wouldn't listen to this one again, except for maybe the first chapter.
This book is spectacular. Within just a few minutes, I literally gasped and was immediately sucked into the story. It's an emotional rollercoaster full of heartbreak that will bring you to tears. A few times, I found myself sitting in the driveway, sobbing.
Heartwarming and heartbreaking. You might cry but you won't be disappointed. Truly one of the best books I've ever read and I read about 5 books a month.
The performances were stellar.
first time I've read a story about the concentration camps and the mistreatment of the Jewish people during World War II. how very sad and poignant at the same time!!
I like the backstory and how the characters developed. The historical aspects were good, so much so that I even looked up the camp, and understood the references as the female character encountered aspects of history that actually happened at the camp. But I was disappointed that the story ended so abruptly. While I didn't expect them to have to explain the lost years, weaving in his mother's personal item for her granddaughter, or some further interaction once reunited, would have been nice, since the whole book was about them finding each other again.
This is a wonderfully woven story, well researched, good characters. Loved it. historical ly accurate and compassionate.
Denise....love to listen.....favorites are alternative history and long complicated plots!
One of the best
I read this on a whim. Best whim I've had in a long time.
The fact that they narrated in gender specific voices brings such life to the characters
epic love story for the ages
I did not want this book to end. It drew me in from the beginning. I learnt things about the Holocaust that I did not know.
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