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  • The Last Palace

  • Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House
  • By: Norman Eisen
  • Narrated by: Jeff Goldblum
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

When Norman Eisen moved into the US ambassador’s residence in Prague, returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust, he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture in his new home. These symbols of Nazi Germany were remnants of the residence’s forgotten history, and evidence that we never live far from the past. From that discovery unspooled the twisting, captivating tale of four of the remarkable people who had called this palace home. Their story is Europe’s....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The arc of history in a great curve...

  • By Laurel Hostak on 01-02-19

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

However I did not appreciate the voice of the narrator trying to imitate a woman, a child, singing etc. Beneath the narrator’s ability and our intelligence. We understand a book narrator cannot be expected to sound like a child or a woman so why try! Annoying and distracting!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anya

  • By: Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 29 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Anya Savikin lived among well-to-do Russian Jews in Poland, in a world more like Tolstoy's than our own, until the first bombing of Warsaw and the chaos that ensued. Her story incarnates the strength and love of Eastern European Jewry, before and after their decimation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like a good strong cup of coffee

  • By Daryl on 06-19-13

Short Review Long Book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Hard to imagine who may enjoy this book, as I found it extremely long winded. If you are person who enjoys exacting and tedious irrevelant details you may enjoy this book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kathe Mazur’s performances?

Questionable

Any additional comments?

I have never written a review and will likely not write many more, but found this book extremely painful to listen to.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful