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Publisher's Summary

A classic of Holocaust literature, Gerda Weissmann Klein's celebrated memoir tells the moving story of a young woman's 3 frightful years as a slave laborer of the Nazis and her miraculous liberation. All But My Life stands as the ultimate lesson in humanity, hope, and friendship. Klein's memoir is the basis for the HBO Academy Award-winning best documentary short, One Survivor Remembers.
©1995 by Gerda Weissmann Klein; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Soul-searching and human...A moving personal testament to courage." (The New York Times)
"...as sensitive and 'disturbing' a story as The Diary of Anne Frank." (Library Journal)

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Exceptional

I know people who were friends with Gerda and Kurt. What remarkable people and story of pure endurance and perseverance. I read a lot of this time period and forever am deeply touched by the cruelty of humans to humans, but also the opposite. This story will stay with me always.

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Very Good

Would you consider the audio edition of All But My Life to be better than the print version?

N/A

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gertrude

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably when Gertrude met the American man who became her husband. She spoke of him with such pride. It made me as a listener happy to feel her relief that she was saved.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Surviving Hitler's Rule

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  • B Rose
  • Ivins, UT USA
  • 10-12-14

Horrible narration!

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

Maybe someone new to audible who hasn't heard the terrific narrators on here.

Would you recommend All But My Life to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe reading the book since it has such great reviews but not on audible with this narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grace Conlin?

Almost anyone else

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment since I couldn't stand listening to it, so couldn't finish the book. Only made it through the first 45 mins or so.

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  • Tracy H.
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 06-01-14

An old audio book converted with mixed results

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

This is an old audio book that was converted to a digital file, with mixed results. Save you rmoney.

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Wonderful bio from teen/young adult perspective

If you could sum up All But My Life in three words, what would they be?

Tragic, youth, friendship

What other book might you compare All But My Life to and why?

The Seamtress (very good!)

What about Grace Conlin’s performance did you like?

The accents

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she lost her best friend.

Any additional comments?

This true story is through the eyes of Gerda as a teen to young adult during the Holocaust. It is very frank about her beliefs and feelings, for instance the man who wanted to marry her but she did not love. This was almost a tragedy within a tragedy. I enjoyed Gerda sharing her life, especially marrying the US soldier that liberated her. I also liked the last part of the book describing how Gerda coped with her past. A wonderfully strong woman who knew herself well.

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Poignant

I never cease to be impressed by the stories and memoirs of people’s survival during the horrific times of WWII.

This is another book in a very long list of poignant stories set in that time – on some level I think it’s important to read them, it’s like honouring their struggles somehow… does that make any sence?

The recoding quality however is very poor, and only for that reason I would not recommend it because it’s very distracting. Skip it and move on to another one.

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Great truthful book. Loved it

Would you listen to All But My Life again? Why?

yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of All But My Life?

all of it

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I understand how the jewish people felt during war, I would like to know how the average German person felt. Does anyone know of a book that shares these feelings?

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The Good Earth

If you could sum up All But My Life in three words, what would they be?

Historical novel at it's best...

What was one of the most memorable moments of All But My Life?

The heroine's rescue.

Which scene was your favorite?

The heroine's visits from her husband to be.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

cry...The Haulocast was a shamefully sad time in world history.

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Fascinating and rewarding

Inspiring and gripping story. I loved the author's personal style, weaving emotion with detail into a beautiful piece. I don't understand the complaints about the reader - she was fine. Not exceptionally good, or anything, but not distracting. Listen to the sample to reassure yourself - then get this book! I admit I've been obsessed with the holocaust for the last few months. We visited relatives in Wroclaw Poland this summer and visited Auschwitz. The experience was almost indescribable. I've been reading all I can find from survivors ever since - I am so moved by the idea of overcoming that heinous place and time. We need to remember these people and the crimes committed against them. Gerda's story isn't bitter or hateful, it is just poignantly honest. You will love it.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Highland Park, NJ, United States
  • 05-12-05

Concentrate and you will be moved

Readers are a very subjective matter. I happened not to pay too much attention to the reader because the content, quite frankly, is one of the most genuine, compelling and movings accounts I have ever heard from a survivor. Not a light book, but an important one to listen and think about.

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