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Rena's Promise Audiobook

Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz

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Publisher's Summary

"I do not hate. To hate is to let Hitler win." - Rena Kornreich Gelissen.

On March 26, 1942, the first mass transport of Jews - 999 young women - arrived in Auschwitz. Among them was Rena Kornreich, the 716th woman numbered in camp. A few days later, her sister Danka arrives and so begins a trial of love and courage that will last three years and 41 days, from the beginning Auschwitz death camp to the end of the war.

Rena's Promise stands out from other memoirs not only for the mere length of time she spent in the camps (no other survivor from the first transport has ever written about her experience) but for her dedication to honoring the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters, prisoners, and even guards. From her escape from Dr. Mengele's experiment detail to her surreal meetings with SS woman Irma Grese, Rena tells a dynamic tale of courage and compassion that reminds us of the resiliency of the human spirit, and the power of people to help one another in unimaginable circumstances, be they Gentile or Jew, German or Pole, kapo or prisoner.

©1994 Heather Dune Macadan and Rena Kornreich Gelissen (P)2013 Heather Dune Macadam and Rena Kornreich Gelissen

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    Simone 07-23-15
    Simone 07-23-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent Content / Horrible Production"

    You could fairly say I am addicted to Holocaust survival stories. I never tire hearing about people’s challenges and how they overcame the worst possible odds – it’s an amazing testament to human resilience. Always impressive.

    The production value of this audio book however is the pits! It’s as if it was recorded in 3 different rooms, and then spliced together to make one audio file. The sound is jumpy, the volume is inconsistent, I even thought the narrator had changed on occasion… it did the subject matter a huge disservice as the cuts were so jarring and distracting.

    I wish there was a way to rate this other then lumping it in with “performance” in Audible’s star rating system because this is not a critique of the narrator. Overall, it was great content, just a terrible assembly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Franktown, CO, United States 05-19-15
    Kindle Customer Franktown, CO, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Holocaust Story"
    Would you try another book from Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam and/or Heather Dune Macadam?

    Only if they fix the volume on the recording--this went up and down through the whole story.


    What other book might you compare Rena's Promise to and why?

    War and Rememberance--each book tells a different side to the Holocaust Also this book reminded me a lot of the Hiding Place


    Which character – as performed by Heather Dune Macadam – was your favorite?

    Rena


    Do you think Rena's Promise needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes I think it would be good to follow through the story


    Any additional comments?

    the only reason I gave this book a low rating in the overall category was the volume was not adjustable on the book..sometimes it was low and then other times it was too loud

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    Frosty 03-24-15
    Frosty 03-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing story!"

    Absolutely remarkable story! This was such an engaging story. Did not want to take a break from listening. Narrator did an excellent job.

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    Jewel Story Walton bountiful utah usa 02-08-15
    Jewel Story Walton bountiful utah usa 02-08-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Good story, god aweful narration"

    Oh I wish they would have sprung for a professional narrator. The authors voice and her impression
    of a polish accent is enough to make your ears bleed. Is was practically unlistenable. And the way the author insinuates herself into the importance of this story is enough to make you wretch.
    Really horrible performance. If there is ever a book on knitting or casserole making,
    the author maybe could read that outloud to her stupid cat. But that's about all I would grant her.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth M. McIntyre 11-02-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Holocaust Memoir Overshadowed by Poor Organization"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes; although hard to follow this book shows how the love, mutual commitment, and wit of two sisters helped them to survive years in a concentration camp.


    Would you recommend Rena's Promise to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, see above.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Was Rena's Promise worth the listening time?

    Well … yes. The biography is compelling although I am not likely to re-read it because the book's organization between the past and present makes it too difficult to follow. It could have benefitted from another round of editing before it went to print.


    Any additional comments?

    The substance of the book would make a good movie.

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 10-29-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 10-29-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story of sisters"
    Would you listen to Rena's Promise again? Why?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the sisters stayed together always.


    Did Heather Dune Macadam do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not my favorite. I didn't like her voice because it didn't vary much and wasn't very convincing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No because I've listened to several. The narrator took away from the story, thus the emotions.


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    S. Blackburn USA 09-11-14
    S. Blackburn USA 09-11-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Narration very bad, but nice story"
    What disappointed you about Rena's Promise?

    The narration was awful! Author narrated and it sounds like she is sitting in her kitchen. Strange decision that will, unfortunately, cost the author money and future readers.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam ? Why or why not?

    No. While their writing is commendable, choices for narration are not.


    What didn’t you like about Heather Dune Macadam’s performance?

    Very unprofessional. It is disappointing because she made Rena sound very whiny and a little spoiled - which is ridiculous. Rena is the heroine and the narrator's interpretation of her voice ruined it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The actual story (i.e. what happened to
    Rena and others) is nice.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Jillian 05-09-14
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    "Loved!!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I Loved Rena. Her story was amazing and I can not believe just how strong she was and how much she cared for her family and friends!


    What about Heather Dune Macadam’s performance did you like?

    I thought she did a great job, and I enjoyed the way she sounded


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved the book, i felt as though I was attached to the characters and thought the story was real and a true of what it was like in the camps. I also really enjoyed the facts they provided which just proved how real the story really was!


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    Simon Worrall London 11-07-13
    Simon Worrall London 11-07-13

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    "Finally! A masterpiece comes to Audible"
    What made the experience of listening to Rena's Promise the most enjoyable?

    It's simply a wonderful book . And the author, Heather Macadam, is the perfect reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rena's Promise?

    The scene where Danka is nearly taken by Mengele. I had my heart in my mouth.


    Have you listened to any of Heather Dune Macadam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It's my first. But I hope she does more. Soon.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An inspiring story of human courage and the transformative power of love.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have ever read - I can't wait to hear this audio version.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • S. Bowman
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    1/21/15
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    "Wonderful story but awful reader"

    The story is very inspiring if you can endure the reader. I think the author recorded it at home on her personal computer without any guidance and it shows. Her vocal inflections are forced and annoying. I would love to hear this story performed by a professional with some experience!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • miss lj lawley
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    "Awful annoying narrator and co-author but persevere Rena's promise is an amazing story of hope and courage"

    The recording of this audio book is awful the narrator has self edited and recorded over her recording, the audio jumps and repeats itself which is annoying. All through the book there is back ground noise and a bell and it turns out it is the narrators cat! Unbelievable. The story was the only thing that kept me going as I would have requested a refund because the audio quality was so bad. An amazing story of human strength and courage in the face of adversity. Thank you for sharing your story Rena.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    7/18/15
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    "Honest and emotional story ruined by narrator"

    The story is important and worthy of a listen but the performance is awful. Apart from the accent and the style of the reader, it is as if she has recorded it at home. You can hear whirring and noises in the background and this is abrasive. A real disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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