©2005 Jenna Blum; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC
"Blum's spare imagery is nightmarish and intimate, imbuing familiar panoramas of Nazi atrocity with stark new power. This is a poised, hair-raising debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"An absorbing tale of two women's struggles with the burdens and responsibilities of remembrance." (The Boston Globe)
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful story. The characters were very well developed and the readings by Francisco Rivela were excellent- great accents and just a great story. A disturbing but enlightening insight into the role of German women during Nazi Germany. Would highly recommend this book.
I enjoyed this book because it offered yet another perspective which is becoming much more prevalent in these types of stories and, thus, more interesting. I read quite a bit in this genre of WWII, Holocaust, Germany and the viewpoint of a German woman's past life and daughter's current life is unique. It is not easy to read the flash back forward, but I think this author pulled it off without causing too much confusion. However, I really did like the memoir and it is a great book about WWII from the German side in portraying that not all Germans were despicable during the war. One likes to think that is true, and this story was yet another way of letting that be known as a possibility
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GAH! This is getting heavy! About half way through and I think some of this will linger...
Done and loved it! great story!
This is one of the few books whose narrator has kept me awake while driving hours and hours late at night. Usually I start dozing and switch to music, but I couldn't stop listening to this book, and was sad was it had ended.
I have read quite a few nonfiction Holocaust/Nazi Germany books and am usually leery of fictitious books concerning the Holocaust. However, this book was rather 'enjoyable'. It is, of course, a very heavy book and not a "fun" read, but it is enjoyable! It not only felt real (I constantly had to remind myself not to discuss what went on in this book so that I would not get it confused with reality), but it had me on the edge of my seat.
Typically Holocaust stories are about the Holocaust victims and most people shy away from the topic of what the Germans went through (guilty/not guilty/etc...). I thought that the author was able to bring about this topic beautifully and even mentioned several books that "Trudy" is reading and that I myself have read ("Hitler's Willing Executioners", etc...) and that are wonderful resources for anyone to read that wants to know more about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
I highly recommend this book!
Addicted to Audible!
I was hooked on this book from the beginning. It delt with two major topics, that of survivors guilt and of judging others. It was interesting to see this horrible time in history tackled in a different way. The character development was excellent and the story kept me anxiously waiting to see when and if Anna would finally tell Trudie about her past. I highly recommend it!
Sensitively written. Excellent development of characters... they came alive and touched my heart. I gained a deeper understanding of what the German people experienced in and after the war. Highly recommended.
As I said I read it because of bookclub but would have picked it to read on my own!
I find the WWII time period so interesting and half of the book was set then.
She was easy to listen to.
The second half was about the relationship between a mother who had lived through WWII & her daughter who was born out of a forbidden love! Since I am a daughter of a mother who also lived through WWII, I could relate to what the daughter in the book was going through with the mother.
Since I have lost my mother just a few years ago, I understand how the daughter in the book was feeling, losing her mother!
The well written history was remarkable in its detail of this family.
Continued to learn what happened during the war.
It was an easy listen. It is a great story with much education about the holocaust. The story really puts you back in that time frame and you are able to feel and sympathize with what how Germans felt during the war....do you just put your head down and ignore what is going on or do you risk your own life and help your Jewish neighbors?
When Anna came home to find the
There is a lot of German spoken in the book. It was nice to have the correct pronunciation and enunciation so that it flowed well with the story.
More than anything I felt frustration and sadness for the characters. Frustration for Anna during the war and her time with
I wish the story would have ended with a little more explaination. Did Trudy find out everything from Anna?
"Brilliant from start to finish."
Great read, great story, great narration. Would recommend to anyone interested in war time drama behind the scenes.
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