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  • The Package: A Tale of the Holocaust

  • By: Ms Ellen Elizabeth Dudley
  • Narrated by: Veleka Gray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

This tragic tale concerns two Jewish women living in Hamburg in Nazi Germany before WW2, Ellen Kaempfer and Betty Holstein, and a non-Jewish woman, Elfriede Mollenhauer, who tried to help them. Ellen and Betty were to be deported by cattle train, which meant standing room only, a journey that would take days. They were to be taken from Hamburg to a work camp in Poland, a journey without food or drink, with only a bucket for a toilet.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart Wrenching and Wonderfully Performed

  • By Audio Gal on 09-07-18

True Holocaust story brought back to life

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Reviewed: 08-26-18

I think it's difficult for people today to believe how anyone could be as odious as the leaders of Nazi Germany, but historical accounts like this one remind one that it was true and must never be allowed to happen again. For those who don't want to admit that human nature can be so repulsive, I invite you to look no further than to what is happening right now in North Korea, then recall George Santayana's words: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

I was deeply moved by the events suffered by the real people in this book. My gratitude to Ellen Dudley for bringing this story to light with such sensitivity. Also kudos to narrator Veleka Gray for her heartfelt rendering of such tragic circumstances.

  • Taking Out the Trash

  • The Estelle Watkins Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Tristi Pinkston
  • Narrated by: Veleka Gray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
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    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Murder is rotten. Genteel Southern lady Estelle Watkins didn't expect to find a little surprise in her trash can, and she certainly didn't expect her son to get accused of murder. Determined to save him from spending the rest of his life on death row - or worse - she's thrown into the middle of an investigation along with Vera, her next-door neighbor and faithful sidekick. Their methods are a bit unusual, but never underestimate a woman on a mission to protect her son.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-26-18

Hilarious cozy mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I loved this book. It was cozy mystery at its best with two inept senior citizens trying to solve a murder to keep the son of the heroine, Estelle Watkins, out of prison. The writing was laced with laugh-out-loud humor, delivered brilliantly and with obvious delight by Veleka Gray.