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.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
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!
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (historical fiction) - I didn't want to put this book down. Yes, Auschwitz was a horrible place and you will hear some awful things, but I didn't find it depressing. From the very beginning you will become invested in the characters and their lives. You will learn how Jacob, the main character, is captured and sent to Auschwitz, and you will hear his reactions to the atrocities he finds there. Existence at Auschwitz was not living-- it was barely surviving -- but a small group of exceptional characters develop relationships and manage to keep each other strong. Needless to say, this book is about an escape. It's fascinating to listen as the characters plan and make their preparations, and you will be on the edge of your seat as they are actually carried out!
PERFORMANCE - Good job with French and German accents.
OVERALL - I highly recommend this story for all adults. There's no profanity, but lots of death and suffering. Be prepared for an emotional ride.
"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.
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.
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.
At the top, just behind The Shack
"Night" by E. Wiesel because of the horror and intensity of that time. The exception is that Rosenberg's book is a fictional account of four non-fiction escapees, whereas Wiesel's is first person.
Jacob by far. Lane does a wonderful job with all the accents, American, French, German, Russian... By far the best narrator I've ever heard.
Shock and horror. It's a true story that from every fiber in your bones you don't want it to be real. Given all the facts and the history, the death camps make it hard to grasp that was happening in the 20th century.
I wholeheartedly recommend this great book. Not just for the factual history but for the great story Rosenberg has woven into it. May we all be Jacob's.
Great true story.
None that I can think of. Probably why its a great read or listen. The Narrator was great. He truly brought the book to life.
This book brought me as close to tears as i have been in years, and not all of it was sad. It had a wonderful ending.
Any Christian looking for a truly powerful read this is your book. In fact you do not need to be a Christian to enjoy the wonderful story telling in this book.
The story is special compared to other holocaust stories.
There were many.
The two escapes/hidings are of course obvious peak moments, but I also liked the fight in the barn and many others.
Very good narrator on different national accents.
Most holocaust stories are about "how I survived" and "life in the camps". This is about a rather succesfull escape. That makes it quite different.
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