A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs.
When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.
As World War II rages and Hitler begins implementing his "final solution" to systematically and ruthlessly exterminate the Jewish people, Jacob must rely on his wits and a God he’s not sure he believes in to somehow escape from Auschwitz and alert the world to the Nazi’s atrocities before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance.
©2014 Joel C. Rosenberg (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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I loved the entire book! But, my favorite would have to be the end of the book. I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but I found my eyes welling up with tears and a smile on my face.
At times I actually found myself talking out loud as if Jacob could hear me. After saying, "Oh no, don't go that way!" My son actually asked me, "What are you talking about? There is only one way to the back yard."
Christopher Lane gave each character their own unique sound. He did such a wonderful job. One reviewer said people who speak french only have accents when they speak English. I don't speak french, but when a friend of mine, who is french speaks french, she has a definite accent. I hate it when narrators try to do the opposite sex and end up sounding like they have an awful head cold, or are being strangled. Christopher Lane did a wonderful job!
Unfortunately I began the book late in the afternoon and had to force myself to stop and go to bed. That being said, as soon as I got up the next day, my headset was the first thing I picked up.
I can't say enough about this book. It is so worth the read!
This book is equal to Uncle Tom's cabin in it's revelation of the fullest extent of evil in this world. So many people were brainwashed into thinking the Jews were not Human, which opened the doors to unspeakable atrocities, much like slaves were deemed less than human which led to atrocities in that age, and today, it's the unborn child that is seen as being less than human (hopefully that book will come soon).unfortunately, no matter how civilized we think we are, evil continues to manifest itself in new and creative ways, all the while with great justifications, even from Christians.
I am surprised by this book. I is a very good story and the narrator delivered an attractive performance. this I a must read for all so we may never forget what can happen if we the people don't pay attention.
"The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain
I can't say anything about this book that hasn't already been said. It was fantastic and horrifying, tragic and redemptive. It was men and women of true merit and courage that overcame the unspeakable evil of Nazi Germany, and books like that bring them to life.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
I love Historical Fiction. I hate History Books. More books should be written about the Holocaust. We should never should be allowed to forget. On the other hand these books should be well written. Most importantly the emotion and feelings of the time should come through the writing. JR fails for me in this attempt. The words are there, but no emotion do they emote. This is my second JR book and I have yet to be impressed. He is a best selling writer, so maybe it is me.
Two really good books about this era among many are Night by Elie Wiesel and Black Cross by Greg Isles.
The narrator was no help.
It's a book like this that reminds me of why I love Audible so much. The book was well written but what really puts it at the top of my top Audible books of all time was the narration.
If I had just read this book it would not have been the same. The narrator did an OUTSTANDING job. He brought the characters to life and the narration made the story so much more meaningful to me.
No audio book has ever brought tears to my eyes except this one. This book is not to be missed!
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I've listened to at least a dozen Holocaust books and this by far the best so far.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
This story, about the concentration camps during WWII is one of struggle, fear, hatred, escape and death. It illuminates the facts of the reality of the concentration camps during WWII and how the camps impacted on the lives of the millions of Jews who were left behind to remember the members of their race being systematically walked, pushed or shoved into the gas chambers to be murdered. The corpses were then removed and put into the ovens to be cremated to try and hide the German's atrocities to one people of humankind, the Jews. Hitler's insanity tried to eliminate a whole sect of people from this earth.
Jacob was one of many who attempted to illustrate just how difficult it was to convince the powers who lived and worked in the White House that what was written in the affidavit and put into words by Jacob needed immediate action.
The concentration camps were placed very far behind enemy lines so as to hide them from the allies. The time finally came when the allies were forced to understand that the atrocities of the Jews was a reality and needed their only hope for freedom, the allies, to set them free.
The narration by Christopher Lane was excellent. I pondered over the purchase of this book and I am certainly convinced that it was the right thing to do. The novel compels you to keep reading from the beginning. The book is well written and explains to listeners in words that are written for all to understand. I wanted to sit and listen so that I would be able to absorb the author's words. I wanted no distractions. The book was not a one day listen because I wanted to remember the story of Jacob. When I am asked if I have read, The Auschwitz Escape, I will be able to say yes and remember its impact on me.
Magnificent -- Moving -- Memorable
The author tells the story through the life of one man whose experiences in Auschwitz, and escape from it, make it more real. It was like listening to "the other side" of what happened to the Jews who were not rescued by Oscar Schindler.
His performance was outstanding. His mastery of so many accents and characters, his nuanced reading and his measured pace were brilliant.
It made me pray for those who didn't escape, for those who allowed it to happen, for the survivors, and for the millions of people all around the world who continue to suffer tyranny on a smaller scale, but just as cruel. The question of why nothing was done to stop the mass killing of millions of Jews even after the truth was known continues to trouble me.
This is not a 'typical' book by Joel Rosenberg in that it doesn't have a lot of action. It is a book to listen to and contemplate. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to understand how terrible the Nazi philosophy really was.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I really liked this book and listened to it in its entirety in two sittings. It is a deeply moving story set in a tragic and chilling period of this world's history. The protagonist is a young German Jew named Jacob who finds himself a prisoner in Auschwitz and Birkenau. Because most of the book takes place within the walls of the prison complex it takes a serious peek into the life of those held there. It allows the reader to reflect on the harrowing lives of the men and women imprisoned there, the disgusting behaviors of some very evil men, and the frightful display of human obscenity. This book serves as a reminder to look deeply at others, to think and act with love and respect, to refrain from judgment. This book serves as a reminder that dark and ignorant thought leads to angry, thoughtless, and wrong words which often provoke worse behaviors. That each step towards hatred and prejudice makes the following step look more acceptable instead of more horrendous. And eventually holocausts occur while others ignore it. This has happened many times and will likely happen again. Perhaps if more of us read books like this one regularly we could prevent future holocausts.
Christopher Lane embodies Jacob. He provides Jacob with a unique voice. He allows Jacob to be innocent and yet angry, intelligent and let judgmental. He allows Jacob to sound frightened when appropriate, sympathetic when the character would have been sympathetic, and shocked, angry and lost when he finds himself living in the horrific world of Auschwitz. He takes Mr Rosenberg's words and gives them life. Truly excellent narration.
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