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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,735

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Great story with perfect narration.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Very much enjoyed this book. I do recommend it but with a word of warning. It is partial fiction. Only loosely based on the actual story.

If you are looking for a great and true story about WWII and/or The Holocaust, there are many great options.

  • A Promise at Sobibor

  • A Jewish Boy's Story of Revolt and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland
  • By: Philip "Fiszel" Bialowitz, Joseph Bialowitz
  • Narrated by: Jim Tedder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

A Promise at Sobibór is the story of Fiszel Bialowitz, a teenaged Polish Jew who escaped the Nazi gas chambers. Between April 1942 and October 1943, about 250,000 Jews from European countries and the Soviet Union were sent to the Nazi death camp at Sobibór in occupied Poland. Sobibór was not a transit camp or work camp: Its sole purpose was efficient mass murder. On October 14, 1943, approximately half of the 650 or so prisoners still alive at Sobibór undertook a daring and precisely planned revolt, killing SS officers and fleeing through minefields and machine-gun fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic story!

  • By Jfm on 05-13-17

fantastic story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-17

loved it. I would have liked to hear more about what exactly happened to his fiance but maybe he never found out. most Holocaust memoirs include the search for loved ones after liberation. this one didn't really touch on that. however everything else was fantastic.

  • Rena's Promise

  • A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
  • By: Rena Kornreich Gelissen, Heather Dune Macadam
  • Narrated by: Heather Dune Macadam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

"I do not hate. To hate is to let Hitler win." - Rena Kornreich Gelissen. On March 26, 1942, the first mass transport of Jews - 999 young women - arrived in Auschwitz. Among them was Rena Kornreich, the 716th woman numbered in camp. A few days later, her sister Danka arrives and so begins a trial of love and courage that will last three years and 41 days, from the beginning Auschwitz death camp to the end of the war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Content / Horrible Production

  • By Simone on 07-23-15

Wow what a great book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

I enjoyed this book very much. I caught myself being choked up more than once while listening. if you have ever read Holocaust Memoirs, then you know pretty much what to expect. But I do think this one goes above and beyond. I have read over 10 Holocaust Memoirs and this is probably my favorite or at least in the top 3. The narrator does a great job but I only gave 4 stars because there's some background noise that can get irritating at times but not too bad.

  • Holocaust

  • A Jewish Survivor Testimony
  • By: Dan Myers, Regina Weinkratz
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

In Holocaust: A Jewish Survivor Testimony, you'll meet Regina, a Polish woman who lived through the Holocaust during World War II. She was only a young girl of 22 when she was captured by German soldiers, and the events of her life since then provide a picture of what it was like to experience the horror of the Holocaust first hand.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good not great.

  • By Jfm on 01-12-17

good not great.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-17

if you are looking to get into reading Holocaust Memoirs, this would probably be a good start. But if you have already read quite a few and have heard a lot of the atrocities the Nazis committed in detail, this might not be the best book for you. It's very generalized and many parts are glossed over and it skips ahead carelessly. Some of the stuff in this book is very graphic which is expected with a memoir like this. the Nazis committed many many terrible atrocities, but it is very difficult to keep up with the story or picture of the story happening in your mind because of how much it skips around and skips over time lines. The performance from the narrator is subpar because it's very light-hearted and does not sound like a serious book when it's read.

  • Auschwitz #34207

  • The Joe Rubinstein Story
  • By: Nancy Sprowell Geise
  • Narrated by: Richard Rieman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 345

Shortly before dawn on a frigid morning in Radom, Poland, twenty-one year-old Joe answered a knock at the door of the cottage he shared with his widowed mother and siblings. German soldiers forced him onto a crowded open-air truck. Wearing only an undershirt and shorts, Joe was left on the truck with no protection from the cold. By the next morning, several around him would be dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe, much worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life changing read

  • By mwatt on 03-26-16

Good story but it's a bit random.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-16

I'm not a writer. So maybe the writing style is lost on me. It seems to jump around and have what seem like pointless bits that do not add to the story. Perhaps if I listen again it will make more sense.

The story itself is good. What this man has seen hurts me just to hear. I have read almost every holocaust memoir book on Audible I think. This one is on the high side of average. Worth a listen if you like holocaust memoirs.

The narration was perfect in my opinion.

  • First They Killed My Father

  • A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
  • By: Loung Ung
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal, Heartbreaking

  • By Gillian on 01-27-15

I'm not sure what to say.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-16

This book is certainly an incredible story. I did some research online and Luong Ung is well known. I am not sure if I believe this story 100% however. Perhaps it is the fault of the light, cheerful voice of the narrator, but this reads like a fiction. It left me questioning a number of parts.

The story itself is good and I do think it's worth a listen, but as someone who has read countless holocaust books and other memoirs, this one left me questioning the validity of many parts.

They really should have chosen a narrator with a more serious tone.

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  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

  • By: Irene Gut Opdyke, Jennifer Armstrong - contributor
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 129

Irene Gut was just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Memoir

  • By Simone on 10-04-16

Great story. But....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-16

I always like to give fair and honest reviews of all of the books I listen to. This story is such a great story. And it is read very well by the narrator. That being said, this story is very tame in comparison to other holocaust era memoirs I've read.

Keep in mind that the main character is not Jewish, but a Polish national who did have issues with both the Russian and German military, but did not encounter nearly the same amount of trials and tribulations that Jews did during this period.

The numerous situations the mak character goes through make for a very interesting story and I listened in maybe 3 sittings.

Finally it is read very well in my opinion. The narrator does not have any displeasing traits in her voice that distracts you from the story. If you are like me and have read most holocaust memoirs already, give this a shot. It is interesting to hear it told from this point of view.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The 23rd Psalm

  • A Holocaust Memoir
  • By: George Lucius Salton
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103

In September, 1939, George Lucius Salton's boyhood in Tyczyn, Poland, was shattered by escalating violence and terror under German occupation. His father, a lawyer, was forbidden to work, but 11-year-old George dug potatoes, split wood, and resourcefully helped his family. They suffered hunger and deprivation, a forced march to the Rzeszow ghetto, then eternal separation when 14-year-old George and his brother were left behind to labor in work camps while their parents were deported in boxcars to die in Belzec. For the next three years, George slaved and barely survived in 10 concentration camps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gift to All of Us

  • By Susie on 10-16-13

Great Holocaust memoir

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-16

I have read a number of books relating to the holocaust. This one is really good. The things this man had endured at such a young age is enough to make your eyes water.

The narrator does a great job and I would definitely listen to him narrate again.

  • Stars Between the Sun and Moon

  • One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom
  • By: Lucia Jang, Susan McClelland
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Born in 1970s North Korea, Lucia Jang grew up in a typical household - her parents worked in the factories, and the family scraped by on rations. Nightly she bowed to her photo of Kim Il-Sung. It was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine. Jang married an abusive man who sold their baby. She left him and went home to help her family by illegally crossing the river to China to trade goods. She was caught and imprisoned twice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story. Well read.

  • By Jfm on 02-20-16

Fantastic story. Well read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-16

I have now read 4 books about North Korean Refugees. While this is not my favorite, it is definitely near the top (Yeonmi Park's book is by far the best imo).

The reading is clear and very easily understood. The story itself will keep you so interested you won't want to stop listening. Give this book a chance and you will not regret it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • In Order to Live

  • A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
  • By: Yeonmi Park
  • Narrated by: Eji Kim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 524

In Order to Live is the story of Yeonmi Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape to South Korea through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, insightful, inspiring

  • By Janis Creason on 09-05-16

Wow. What a story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-16

Please do not shy away from this book based on the part that audible lets you listen to as a sample. While the reader does speak with an accent, the story flows so nicely and is so captivating that once you listen to even half of one chapter you will not even think of the accent. It's very understandable and I think it helps relate to the writer even more because you are hearing it in an Asian accent.

This story is honestly one of the most incredible, sad, captivating, amazing stories I have ever heard in my life. It is a real emotional roller coaster. Yeonmi Park is now a personal hero of mine and I wish there were more chapters in this book to read because I did not want to finish listening. I have been browsing YouTube and listening to her speeches. What an absolutely amazing young girl. I cannot imagine anyone going through what she has gone through.

Definitely listen to this book. You will not regret it. This story needs to be heard by every single person in the world.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful