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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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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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    Carol 12-10-13
    Carol 12-10-13 Member Since 2010

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    "I was lost in the story of the lost wife"

    One of the most moving accountings of the Holocaust, this is a story that will haunt you with the depth of love against a backdrop of sheer cruelty. Beautifully read, I could hardly keep from crying, nor did I want the story to stop. This is a story everyone must hear. The narrations and the emotions within those narrations are incredibly real. I found myself wanting to go find out more about Lenka and Josef.
    Make sure you pay attention to the first chapter as it will carry you through the entire book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Houston, TX United States 04-12-14
    Daryl Houston, TX United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Lost and Found Revisited"

    This novel is based on actual events. The Holocaust provides the background to this story and it shows how so many millions of people were affected and those effects still condition our society today. I am sure that this story was repeated time and again as victims of the Nazis tried to reconnect to family members who were lost in chaos upon chaos at the end of the war and the following years. One thing that this novel has in it is art and how it was used as a weapon against the Nazis. If you are an artist or appreciate art and art history, this book provides an alternate path of interest for you other than the plot. I enjoyed this book as it reveals how our shared humanity forms a true bond with every person on the planet. There are two main characters who tell the story and the publisher wisely chose to use a male narrator for the man and a female narrator for the woman. This really aids in clarity to an audible book. If you're interested in the Holocaust and another "branch" of it, then this is a good book for you. I certainly enjoyed it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 01-27-14
    Sara 01-27-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Love, Strength & Survival"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is a beautifully written story of love and strength. The book spans 80 years in the lives of several families that intersect, separate and then join again over time. It is based on the lives of real people and speaks of deep familial love and struggles for survival in WWII Prague. The narrators each gave perfect voice to the characters they portrayed. At first I was concerned about the two alternating readers-- but it quickly made sense and added depth to the telling of the story. While the book speaks of desolation and destruction it also presents beauty, art, deep love and courage. A really wonderful recommended listen.

    54 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine SOUTHGATE, MI, United States 03-23-14
    Katherine SOUTHGATE, MI, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved every minute of it!"
    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    The story was superb and the narrations elevated it to another level. Almost as it you were watching the story in your mind!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The details and descriptions of the horrors endured at the camps.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I have not read the book in print I image it is better as an audible book. The accents and feelings portrayed by the narrators makes the characters come to life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Debra WEST SALEM, WI, United States 01-10-14
    Debra WEST SALEM, WI, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    This is a book that stays with me. I think about it off and on. It's a love story woven through the Holocaust. The narration is excellent. The emotions, the pain, the love, are raw. It is hard to believe that such atrocities could really happen. You can see tears streaming down a characters face through the narration. I like that the story was told from two points of view, and both narrators are great. The strength of the people is unfathomable. I wonder how we would fare as humanity today if such things were to take place. I don't think we have their resolve. It's hard to imagine that people could do such things to their fellow mankind but we also see cruel things happening every day. Although this books haunts me, I also feel such admiration for the people who went through this awful period of their lives and the strength they showed to survive. I don't want to say that the book was depressing; rather it shared a story of resiliency that captivates.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Mabry, Jr. 12-12-14 Member Since 2015

    An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.

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    "If you start it, It will not let you go."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 12-09-14
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 12-09-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A Beautiful Story"

    Such a heart-wrenching story and so beautifully written. I can't remember crying during a book since A Tale of Two Cities a few years ago; I did a bit for this one. The horrors of the Final Solution hit home. Though this story has some unusual twists, it seems so believable because some among the millions who suffered must have had similar experiences.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-01-12
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-01-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Never read a book so fast"
    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    Everything. I loved the way the two narrators wove the story of the star-crossed lovers chapter by chapter. I loved the character development and the way the accents were done.
    I enjoyed the epilogue and felt the ending was perfect. This is one of the most endearing books I've listed to and I was sorry to have it end.


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

    Josef's careful descriptions of his feelings are precious. I felt that when he burned his letters to Lenka, he was putting to rest his restless longing for her. His dreams of his family being happy for him are foreshadowing for what is to come. Don't want to spoil the book by saying much more.


    What does George Guidall and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The two narrators brought the characters to life and I could not possibly have gotten the same feeling I got listening to their voices. I was impressed by Mr. Guidall's recitation of the Kaddish prayer, which was very authentic. I would seek out more books narrated by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The meeting of the two grandparents at the end was memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Run don't walk to download this book. I don't think I've ever worn my earbuds for so long!

    46 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald S. Gold cleveland 06-21-14
    Gerald S. Gold cleveland 06-21-14 Member Since 2009

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    "A beatifully sad story well told and well acted."
    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    I liked the way the author wove the two young lovers into a pattern of separate life times. The lost wife lived through the most unimaginal horrors but was able to survive through her art. The story of what happened to Jewish Art during the holocaust is not often told.


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

    Sarah s Key


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

    I thought she was really special. He came across best when he described himself before his grandsons wedding


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

    I did .


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read this if you don't expect to cry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Elgin, IL, USA 06-05-14
    Barbara Elgin, IL, USA 06-05-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Listen"
    What did you like best about this story?

    while the story told of the personal tragedy of the period, the characters' own lives and story held my interest.


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

    Their voices seemed to "age" as time went by in the book.


    If you could take any character from The Lost Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lenka because she had experienced so much in her life, she would have a very unique perspective on life as a whole (I would think).


    Any additional comments?

    Great book about a very disturbing time in our history.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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