Cilka's Journey

Narrated by: Louise Brealey
Series: The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (2,035 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Louise Brealey is an excellent reader who gives Cilka a thoughtful, sympathetic voice." (Jersey's Best)

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author. 

From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience. 

Her beauty saved her - and condemned her.

Cilka is just 16-years-old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival. When the war is over and the camp is liberated, freedom is not granted to Cilka: She is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a Siberian prison camp. But did she really have a choice? And where do the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was send to Auschwitz when she was still a child? 

In Siberia, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she meets a kind female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions. 

Confronting death and terror daily, Cilka discovers a strength she never knew she had. And when she begins to tentatively form bonds and relationships in this harsh, new reality, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love. 

From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka's journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit - and the will we have to survive.

©2019 Heather Morris (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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YOU MUST LISTEN TO THIS BOOK

I have listened to many Audible books. This one took my breath away. I have not left a review before, but thought that anyone who read the Tatooist of Auschwitz must read this. Kudos to the author and to the narrator.

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awesome stuff

such a sad story of human cruelty. but the will to live and end up being able to love another. the fact that this is a true story of events that really happened is mind boggling.

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Spellbinding

I loved this book. The narrator's voice was mesmerizing and it was easy to fall right into the story, having just read The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Stay till the very end on this one. There's an interview with Heather and it was delightful to hear her story in her own voice. I just want to sit and listen to her for hours.

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Great from beginning to end!

When I don’t want a book to end, I know it is a great book! Cilka’s Journey is one of those books!

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History

Interesting time in history. I knew very little of the Russian Gulag. If you like historical fiction this a good choice

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Remarkable story!!!!

After reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz I couldn’t wait to “read” Cilka’s Journey. This story had big shoes to fill and succeeded. I only wished we learned even more about her life after her prison term. I hope Heather Morris continues to find fascinating stories about truly heroic people. I want more from this author!!!!

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Ready to listen again

What an incredible journey this book will take you on. So incredibly well written with characters you will love and characters you will despise. The heart wrenching emotions I felt the whole time left me feeling drained, humbled, and oddly satisfied. The life this brave woman was forced to lead reminds how incredibly lucky we are to live freely today. Cilka’s unwavering determination and care for others makes me wish I could have known her in this life. A brave soul. A hero.

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Narration inconsistent with the story

the book was well written and researched. the narrator's use of a Cockney type accent detracted from the story and was annoying.

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Better read

The story was fascinating and the writing excellent but I definitely would have preferred to read it. I felt at times the narrators voice tedious and at other times over dramatic. I would definitely encourage reading it.

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A must read touching & horrifying at the same time

This is truly a inspiring story of horrible truths. The courage shown is incredible. Wow

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