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Richard Hallum

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Detailed

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

If you already have an extensive knowledge of WWII and concentration camps in this period you will love this because of the detailed nature. But if this is one of the first books you have read about the subject you should try something more generalized like KL or Night, the story of one man’s account.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Must read

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I think everyone should read this book so as to at least have some knowledge of what happened to those in the concentration camps of the war.
I have read countless books, mostly non fiction, of this terrible tragedy and this is one of the best because it’s a real true firsthand account of what life was like for the slaves of that era.
Not only that but it’s well written. Not drawn out with details. If anything I would love to hear more of what this young man was feeling during his brutal experience.
The first time I heard this book it was difficult to get into. I listened again but still couldn’t put my finger on why this story just didn’t seem true, accurate or as bad as the words implied. It was the narrator.
This is probably the most famous reader of audible books but his voice didn’t match the story. Mainly it’s because he sounds American. The boy in the story is not. How can a reader tell a first person story who is American tell a story of a boy from Transylvania?
Unfortunately the narrator it has kind of a happy voice. Maybe I’m just relating his voice to a book he had read earlier.
The Frenchman who reads the essay at the end would have been perfect for the telling of this story. It would have added so much.

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3.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

The story has a lot to like. But there is a lot that is needless. The descriptions are odd.

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The book isn’t always better

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

This is one instance where the movie is better than the book. The author and narrator are both so “extra”. Describing the love, his muscles, etc. Too much. Not a romance book like a Harlequin. But close. Not worth the read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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So disappointed

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

I picked up a Stephen King book, Carrie, on the way home from school in the back of a car. I was catching a ride home with my friend’s buddy. I mention this because it changed my life.
I became a King disciple that day. I have read every book he has had published except “On Writing”. Most of them twice. Several more than that.
So it really saddens me to write this review. I actually had to speed up the reading to 1.25 to get through it.
It’s a story of women falling asleep and staying asleep. There is no depth. There were so many cliches and predictable moments.
The depth of the characters was minimal. There was a time when I felt King bring his characters to life.
He is known for his horror books but The Dark Tower was more Fantasy. And it is amazing. The whole series.
I’m not sure if it’s his age or writing thar forgettable crime drama trilogy. Maybe it was writing with his son. But his latest work has been a waste of time used better for other things. Even his movie “The Dark Tower” was horrible. Granted that has little to do with him.
All I’m saying is his work isn’t something I’m going to add to the top of my To Read list.
As a matter of fact “On Writing” probably won’t be his only book I won’t have read when they lay me in my final resting place.
But for anyone who hasn’t read his books, read them all. Up to Dr. Sleep. Then you can say you’ve read all of Mr. King’s readable books. :(

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Born Survivors
  • Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope
  • By: Wendy Holden
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley

Dry as dirt

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

Writing a biography and making it interesting is a difficult challenge. This author was not up to the challenge.
There was nothing new revealed about the concentration camps or the Holocaust if you know anything at all about either. The author was too specific about things that did not matter and too generalized about things that did.
The way the story is broke down between the three women is confusing. She gave so much history of their lives beforehand. Too much detail. So much that it was hard to differentiate between the three.
The end was probably the most unnecessary. Describing who each one married, what their occupation was, the names of relatives and how many grandkids, nieces and nephews made it a chore to finish.
This work could have been better if only one person's story was told without unnecessary details. It was like the author needed to express how much research she had done in the book.
With all the books about survivors, this would be my last to suggest to a person interested in the people who went through this hell.
No matter how many books I read on this subject, my heart breaks for all those who lived it and those who perished. This book is no different. The difference is this one is poorly written.

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Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

This is not what I always thought about this pair. It brings to light the true story of their entire lives. A bio has to be well written to keep my attention. It's not the greatest but it's thorough and will read another of his bios.

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One blemish

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

The production is off. But then again it's like someone reading you the story because of it.
Ms. Tartt doesn't do a lot of voices but I like the way she reads.
The story is a must read. I do not rate many books 5*. But this one deserves it. I have a feeling I will listen again very soon.

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Would give a sky full of stars

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

This is not your ordinary lawyer book. Or crime drama book. Nothing like that. It's about reading a book that makes you feel as close to being in horrible situations and how people may react. That doesn't give it justice. It's a really good book and well worth the time and money.

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Unique

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

This tale describes the time period very well. I enjoyed the history and information the author shares of the era.
The story is good but misses something that would make it great.
Narrative was fine and did a good job of keeping it interesting.