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The Auschwitz Escape | [Joel C. Rosenberg]

The Auschwitz Escape

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Audrey K. Morrison 07-08-14
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    "Incredibly moving!"
    Would you listen to The Auschwitz Escape again? Why?

    Though the Holocaust is a terrible, terrible scar in history, the stories need to be told over and over again, so that we do not forget. Rosenberg has taken that terrible chapter and reminded us why we must never forget. And because he has, it has deepened my love for the apple of God's eye.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He did not try to mask the atrocities or put lipstick on the reality. And I loved his protagonists, their depth, the true humanity and courage displayed by ordinary people, made extraordinary by their response to the atrocities committed against them.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He enables me to easily differentiate between characters because of his vocal talent and his linguistic ability.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was hard to stop listening to go to sleep at night because the story was so compelling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susannah Williams Thornton, CO 07-03-14
    Susannah Williams Thornton, CO 07-03-14
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    "Outstanding story based on true events..."
    Would you listen to The Auschwitz Escape again? Why?

    Absolutely!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tragic yet overcoming nature of the book. The thought that nothing is impossible.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Christopher Lane has given the best performance I have ever heard! Seriously, I was very impressed!


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

    Nothing is impossible


    Any additional comments?

    Send more books by Christopher Lane!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 05-26-14
    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2013

    Giving out fewer stars because I was inflating my start in a way that did not differentiate the mediocre and the fantastic.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Friend and enemy should read this book. It is a powerful story based on powerful reality. It is very well written and very well read. It is a great book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abby was my favorite character as I fell in love with her because of her actions, and her description.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so very many, but the very first few paragraphs describing Luke. A single man that saw the truth of the coming storm, but he could not get people to see the reality around them. He felt like a small man in a huge world that he had no control over. This is as I feel today.


    Any additional comments?

    I really cannot tell you enough how great this book was, and at the price it is a steal. It has love, action, humor, sorrow. It touched my soul.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 05-13-14
    John S MA 05-13-14 Member Since 2005

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Good WWII story with historical theme."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Twila 05-07-14
    Twila 05-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Absoluting AMAZING!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Auschwitz Escape the most enjoyable?

    It made you feels as if you were there in sight, sound, and smell.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Auschwitz Escape?

    Jacob's actual escape.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jacob seeing his parents parish.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to alot of WWII/Holocost books, and I mean alot!!! This is my all time favorite!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 05-03-14
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2007

    Joel Szerlip

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    "Incredible Tale"

    Going into any book about The Holocaust you know your in for an emotional roller-coaster. The Auschwitz Escape follows the fictional tale of Jacob Weisz a German Jew who ends up in the worst of all of the death camps, Auschwitz. The novel is beautifully written. It keeps a very steady pace while taking the necessary time to build up characters and give us even more to cry about later.

    Like many other books on The Holocaust, this will absolutely pull a few tears out of anyone that reads it. The brutality of these camps and all that the Jews had to endure were horrific. It's a tough read and there were a few days that I just couldn't get myself to listen to the book. There are some scenes during Jake's time at Auschwitz that are a level of brutality that is hard to even listen to.

    For all the excellent writing there were some plot elements that get in the way from this being a truly stellar book. The last quarter of the book turns Jake away from the character we read about for the first three quarters of the book and makes him more of an action hero. It didn't fit his character nor his personality which made it seem out of place. There were also a few times where things seemed to work out to perfectly for Jake just to help move the story forward.

    All in all I would still highly recommend this novel. Even with its few faults this is still one of the best novels I've read in 2014. Not to mention the last couple of chapters were a beautiful way to finish off what is a great story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Northfield, MN, United States 05-02-14
    Brad Northfield, MN, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about The Auschwitz Escape?

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Reeda Levelland, TX, United States 04-26-14
    Reeda Levelland, TX, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Riveting from the first sentence!"

    Christopher Lane's narration of this book is nothing short of astounding.I was transported to that awful time in our world's history when Hitler tried to destroy the Jewish race. This should be required reading for everyone! History forgotten is History repeated.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maja wozniak 05-20-14
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    "Amazing story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Auschwitz Escape to be better than the print version?

    yes, Christopher Lane does a fantastic job narrating.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job with the different accents, and doesn't over-do any of them.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa L Stables 04-06-14
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    "Joel C. Rosenberg writes another must read book"
    What did you love best about The Auschwitz Escape?

    It is a true story about hope and courage in the most deplorable conditions man can experience.


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

    Obviously any story about the Holocaust makes one want to cry. How mankind can do this to their own is horror beyond words.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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