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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This is Jacob Weisz's (real person) story and experience with the Nazi Regime, Auschwitz and World War II.
This should be recommended reading for any high school student as time makes history more and more removed from those who were prisoners, those who fought and those who witnessed these atrocities. We must never forget.
There isn't really much to add to the publishers description, other than the eventual outcome – which we should know on the grand scale but as far as Jacob and those we meet along the way.
Joel C. Rosenberg writes in an excellent manner. I do not know where he found the strength or what journey he went through to write this book, but I am glad he did.
Christopher Lane did an excellent job narrating this book. His talent covers a broad spectrum of accents and both sexes. Phenomenal!
Notes: There are no words to describe the horror that these Jews and non-Aryans went through, so I won't try. I would recommend it to anyone 15 years or older (depending on his/her maturity level.)
Rating: R If it were in a movie theater
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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.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
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.
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I loved this book, inside out and backwards... I bought it not paying attention to the word "Novel" and because so many memoirs of the holocaust have been coming out recently... I read it thinking it was an exceptionally well done memoir.
It is heart breaking, horrible and at the same time uplifting. I loved Jacob Weisz and was sad when I searched for him on the internet and found him to be fictional. The book is well written, believable and I couldn't turn it off. The narration was perfect. It deserves the Audie!
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I was a little leery of this book because I find Holocaust books slightly depressing. Although this goes into depth about the horrors of Auschwitz, it is not the central focus of the book, As the name describes, it really about escaping from the death camp. Accordingly, it is decent thriller about planning and executing an escape from the camp by the lead character Jacob Stein. Prior to the chapters that take place in the concentration camp, about a third of the book is about the Jewish resistance., and the last third takes place after Jacob escapes. I am not giving anything away because based on title you kind of know he will. It is well written and the narration is fairly good. In summary if you like WW II books you will like this. Also you won't feel too badly just reading a "thriller" because there is some history.
Interestingly, much of the book focuses on preventing the prisoners in camp from escaping so the " word" wont get out about what is going on in camps. If 10 million people knew was in store for them, The Nazis would have a much more difficult time as they experienced in the Warsaw Ghetto. So a free and open press is required in any democracy. Without it you have tyranny.
I think everyone should read at least one book a year about the Holocaust to remind us of this terrible event in history. And this is a great one. Rosenberg does an outstanding job of mixing fact with fiction to make the story riveting. I was transfixed throughout the book. Very moving.
The story of the Holocaust and the horror of Auschwitz should never be simplified or sanitized and this book pays due respect to the people who suffered there. Nonetheless I could not rate the book 5 stars for the simple reason that the book is just too long. The story of Jacob would be much more compelling had an editor been more ruthless in cutting some pages. Contrarily I thought the author glossed over some parts that needed elaboration.
This story was very eye-opening for me. I wasn't sure I was even going to enjoy a story about the Holocaust, but I found the story moving and very impactful. I picked it because it was a cheaper book that was more than 10 hours. But it has definitely open my eyes to wanting to know more about what happened during the Holocaust. I found the narration very well done.
It wasn't enjoyable, it was riviting.
Somewhat, especially at the farm house.
I don't think so.
Um...no. It's over 14 hours long! That would be a darn long sitting!
What a great story!! And it shows the shameful attitude the world took even when confronted by proof of Nazi atrocities.
Fantastic story . The grimness of the time is offset by wonderful character development. The narrator is one of the best ever . Highly recommend !
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