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
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.
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.
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.
Sarah s Key
I thought she was really special. He came across best when he described himself before his grandsons wedding
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Don't read this if you don't expect to cry.
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
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.
This book found the important balance between tragedy and evil on the one side and strength and character to overcome it all on the other side. Sometimes an author can create a story about losing everything without losing oneself. In these stories the characters, while you mourn with them for their loses and for the impact of those loses on their lives, you still experience the resiliency of human spirit to make a life in the wake of it all. This book was so good I bought it for others as a gift.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
This was a very good story, but in my opinion, the narration was exceptional and made the book. The story unfolds from the perspectives of the two main characters, both narrated individually. You live through their tragedies and triumphs, the whole time willing them back to a life together. It has some very sad moments, but considering the setting, it could have been much worse.
My one very small issue with the storyline is one side of the story seemed rushed at the end--I would loved to have had more of the story filled in before it ended. But that does not keep me from rating it highly and recommending the book--especially this audio version.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
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.
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.
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.
The meeting of the two grandparents at the end was memorable.
Run don't walk to download this book. I don't think I've ever worn my earbuds for so long!
This book captured me from the start.
I sat in my car and cried at the end.
Kudos to author Alyson Richman, and narrators George Guidall and Suszanne Toren for the most heart rendering book I've read on audible. I will be thinking about this story for a long time to come. I love the narrators' depiction of the characters and their story . I am overwhelmed and never read a book so quickly.
I don't want to write any spoilers, but want to say that you MUST read this book. The story is happy, sad, heart-wrenching, satisfying, well written, etc. Just make sure to have a box of tissues handy - I cried through the whole last hour of this book. The author did an amazing job with this story, the chapters changing between the stories of Josep and Lenka. The narrators did a fantastic job. I highly recommend this book.
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