Inspired by a true incident that took place in Poland in 1941 but was concealed for 60 years, Diane Armstrong's gripping novel is a detective story that is part mystery, part history, and part forensic investigation. It is also a tale of love, loss, and unimaginable sacrifice.
©2005 Diana Armstrong; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"The best and worst of the human spirit are dredged up in this profoundly moving, compelling, and superbly written story." (Australian Women's Weekly)
I too enjoyed the narrator and appreciated the recounting of this important story. I kept having to check historical events, as the protagonist mentions contemporary happenings, such as the Pope's visit to Poland. That made me place the age of the storyteller at 70 or more, much too old for some of the adventures and romantic interludes described. But maybe not? Or maybe it was written ten years ago, or more. Otherwise, a great book and narrator.
This story is mesmerizing from start to finish. It captures a horrific piece of history in such a human way and helps the reader to experience it as it happens. The characters are well drawn and so human as to make the reader feel he or she is in the same room with them. A must read for everyone.
Starts off okay but then it gets very predictable and a bit over the top. I was engaged for the first half, but then I just couldn't take it any more and had to put it down
While I agree that the age of the main character did not jive with the timeline, the storytelling was strong and moving.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
HIS VOICE WAS AS DARK AND MELLOW AS THE BRANDY SHE HAD BEEN DRINKING
This is so not what I thought I was getting. This is chick lit. Women issues takes center stage. Nothing happens without us looking at it in how it affects women. The writing is often disjointed and stilted. One minute we are in Cambodia, the next we are in court. The only time the book flows well is in court and when the main character is having sex with her married boyfriend. I gave it a little over three hours and I would have liked to have known what happened in Poland, but not enough to listen to a documentary for hours. Most of the sentences are statements. Huge periods are put at the end of most sentences. There is an audience for this book, but it is not for anyone with a beard.
I could not stop listening. The first few chapters were a bit of a slog, as the story took a while to develop. However, as the plot progressed (or, perhaps, regressed), I found myself to be involved into the soul of the book. Does good triumph over evil in the end? Can tears and confessions ever erase the pain of the past? I found this not to be the case. Time only dims memories, not pain.
After the first 15 minutes, I was not able to listen to the rest of this book. It probably is well written and compelling, but the horrendous Nazi crimes (with Polish assistance) about to be detailed was more than I could bear.
Honest protrayal of main character very believeable. Well woven fictional story, using some of the truths of life during World War II and after.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I really enjoyed this book it was wrtten excellently, interesting subject matter and well researched actual events. Very moving.
First, the reader gets 5 stars. She was wonderful. The burning of the Jews in the barn was a very sad event and I am glad the author wrote a book about it. The world needs to know about it. However, while listening to the book, there were times that I just wanted to hit the fast forward button. Parts of the book were so melodramatic and half way into the book, you know the truth about the main character. The book would have been better with some abridgement. Also, parts of the book (not related to the burning) were unbelievable.
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