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.
The performance is amazing with all the European accents he did. Excellent! The details in the story brought the Auschwitz experience to life and was very sobering to ponder. I loved that it was based on many facts and real events, yet the story was very captivating.
Jean-luc. He was such a good man. An example for all of us.
He did a fantastic job with the voices and brought the characters to life.
There were too many.
I love Joel Rosenberg's writing and have read many of his books.
My first audio book in 20 years. Picked up as part of my Read Harder 2016 Challenge, listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award.
Christopher Lane narrated wonderfully. His ability to bring each character to life through voice was excellent.
The story itself is based on one of the most disturbing chapters in human history and Joel Rosenberg retold the story in a manner that was very credible and moving.
This book is one of my top 10 favorites.
I would definitely read the print version as it is a very long and complex novel that requires focus.
I loved Abby and Jean-Luc
It was a moving and extremely well told story. With complex stories, I typically prefer to read them as oppose to listen as it is sometimes hard to capture all the details and developments when I am driving or cleaning; however the performance of this audio was stellar.
Realistic, horrifying, saddening...
I felt that the best part of the book was from the beginning to the time of the escape. The account of life in Auschwitz I appears to me to have been spot on. After the escape, the story became somewhat predictable and less engaging.
Pretty well over all, but sometimes the accent seemed a bit overplayed.
I visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination campus on October 23, 2015. I chose to read this book to learn more about the Nazi death camps. This book had a tremendous sense of realism following my visit. I could see each scene in my mind's eye. It was therefore a difficult read. I don't believe that I have ever visited a sadder place in my life. I was deeply touched by this experience - one I will never forget. I think that it would be good if everyone had - in some minor way - a better understanding of the holocaust. We would be less prone to making mistakes in dealing with people who are different from us. These lessons would be quite applicable to the current Syrian refugee problem.
I felt that the presentation was somewhat irregular in terms of what life must have been like in the two campus. Perhaps this was necessary due to the changing perspectives of the protagonist in Auschwitz I and then Birkenau.
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.
I had never read much about the concentration camps in Germany during World War II. This book was a good way to enter that horrible time as it was clearly written (though fictionalized history) but saved the reader from graphic, horrific details. What was recounted left the imagination open to fill in details of the mind blowing hatred that was left unspoken. I loved the thread of Hope that Rosenberg wove throughout the story. I highly recommend this book and I particularly enjoyed the audio version.
This has probably been the best book (of many) that I've listened to since subscribing to Audible, which is why I'm writing this review. Based in a time when being Jewish was worse than any other crime one could have committed, young Jacob's future has been determined by a series of events, rather than a conscious choice. The narrator of this book has an amazing ability to switch between various accents, giving depth to each character. This was a terrifying time in history, and even though this book illustrates the intensity of the dehumanization of the Jews and political prisoners, it also portrays the importance of hope and compassion.
Auschwitz Escape portrays the stark horror of the Nazi camps with intermittent individual stories of heroism by simple women and men whose nobility grew even as their bodies and minds were systematically pulverized. There is an astonishing spiritual current to the story which threads it's way through the degrading events of the characters. Hope and courage abound in spite of the efforts to dehumanize the inhabitants.
Though it is fiction it is a well documented historical picture of these brave people and their struggle.
Bottom line: I loved the book.
hard to stop listening sometimes and so sad when you understand it's based on so much that is true. We see history repeating itself with terrorists today that are bent on eliminating Jews and Christians among others. We pretend we don't see it because we are too politically correct to call things what they are. God help us if we fail to confront it honestly, directly and harshly. Time for Americans to demand we confront this evil before it comes here. We used to have strong leaders running our country, now most are nothing more than polititians, liars, sorry to repeat myself. anyway this is a book review so forgive me. it's a good book for sure. enjoy
Really enjoy this author. 3 of my last 4 were Joel books. He is obviously a Christian and i feel good listening because I am as well.
I have read everything Joel Rosenberg has written ... and this is the best by far! A superb blending of tragic history and a wonderful story of hope and faith. Christopher Lane's narration is perfect for this book. His characterizations are believable and filled with emotion. Please read this book!
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