"Bloom where you're planted," is the advice Christine Bolz receives from her beloved Oma. But 17-year-old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village. It's a world she's begun to glimpse through music, books - and through Isaac Bauerman, the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish family she works for.
Yet the future she and Isaac dream of sharing faces greater challenges than their difference in stations. In the fall of 1938, Germany is changing rapidly under Hitler's regime. Anti-Jewish posters are everywhere, dissenting talk is silenced, and a new law forbids Christine from returning to her job - and from having any relationship with Isaac. In the months and years that follow, Christine will confront the Gestapo's wrath and the horrors of Dachau, desperate to be with the man she loves, to survive - and finally, to speak out.
Set against the backdrop of the German homefront, this is an unforgettable novel of courage and resolve, of the inhumanity of war, and the heartbreak and hope left in its wake.
©2013 Ellen Marie Wiseman (P)2013 Tantor
"The Holocaust was a horrendous time in world history, and Wiseman has added a personal touch on this era." (VOYA)
I appreciated the story. However the narration was incredibly distracting. I felt like I was listening to announcements being shouted over an intercom. A few of the voices sounded off as well. The story was good enough for me to push through and finish listening, but I wish I would have bought the ebook instead.
A different voice used for the narration would have made it much better.
I listened to this while wincing. The narrator does an excellent job of destroying the weight of the story. It is a good story - maybe even an excellent story - but the narration is not to be born.
I enjoy Audible Books because I can accomplish other tasks while listening... this narrator is pushing me to the bookstore to READ the book. It is as bad theatrical act.
The STORY is EXCELLENT! A good read, not listen.
A different narrator, one with a softer voice.
I felt the narrator was not reading to me, but yelling at me.
I purchased the Kindle edition of the book, so I could read it--couldn't listen to the audiobook. I haven't yet finished the Kindle book, but so far I find it not expertly crafted. I wanted to see the other side of the story, but I may not, even after finishing the book.
I can barely get through this story. The narration is so very bad. The German pronunciations are excruciating to listen to. The tempo is fast when it should be slow and slow when it should be fast. The intensity of voice is always at the level of YELLING. Please... record this story with a new narrator so that it is treated with the respect it deserves. NEIN Madeleine Lambert NEIN
This book is superficial with minimal character development. Quite a disappointment. Narration was at times mechanical and somewhat rigid in delivery. It was uninspired.
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