Eva's Story

A Survivor's Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank
Narrated by: Ann Richardson
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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Many know the tragic story of Anne Frank, the teen whose life ended at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. But most people don’t know about Eva Schloss, Anne’s playmate and stepsister. 

Though Eva, like Anne, was taken to Auschwitz at the age of 15, her story did not end there. 

This incredible memoir recounts - without bitterness or hatred - the horrors of war, the love between mother and daughter, and the strength and determination that helped a family overcome danger and tragedy.

©2010 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (P)2018 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

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Amazing Story! Listen to this audiobook.

I have studies and read so many things about Anne Frank. I never knew this part of the story. Let us never forget the horrors of the recent past. Wonderful narration by Richardson.

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Absolutely beautiful

I enjoyed Eva’s Story so much. Such a beautifully written detailed remembrance of a first hand account. The audio reading was very well done, flowed perfectly and put me there as I listened. This is an important piece of history. I am so glad I received this for my unbiased review, it will be on my top list of recommendations!

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Engrossing and heartbreaking

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by these authors.
This is a compelling, heartbreaking book. Eva, along with her family, were arrested and taken to the concentration camps created the Nazis. We get a bit of insight into their lives before the Nazi takeover, their flight into hiding, their unimaginable arrest and confinement, and the hardships endured each day until their release. They were among the “lucky” ones. The the book also gives us insight to those that died at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. There are moments where the kindness of strangers is evident. We also see a glimpse at the fear the Nazis instilled in the population of those they’d taken over. No matter how willing to help, often there was a line that was crossed into self-preservation.
I like how there were also a few chapters from Eva‘s mother’s perspective.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Ann Richardson ) and I would listen to another. I think she did a great job narrating this book. She instilled emotion and I was engrossed in the book from beginning to end.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessively described violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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Eva’s Story

Eva Schloss posthumously became Anne Frank’s stepsister in postwar years, when her mother married Otto Frank. And while that connection may be what draws us in as readers, “Eva’s Story” is very much its own story, quite different from Anne’s.
Anne herself shows up minimally in early chapters, and her diary shows up in the later chapters, but the bulk of the book is about Eva and her mother, as concentration camp prisoners.
The interesting thing about a memoir such as this is that even though it has similarities to other works, instead of seeming like a repeat it feels like a unique, rich, powerful addition to the bigger story of the Holocaust.
I received a free copy of the audiobook version of “Eva’s Story” from the publisher, in exchange for writing this review, and I can say that I am glad to have received it and to have listened to it.

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Fascinating

I highly enjoyed listening to this. I am an avid reader and usually feel I am missing something when I listen to a book. This one I did not feel that. It is a fascinating view of history. I highly recommend it to everyone.

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remembering history

those that fail to learn from history are doom to repeat it.
This story is a powerful reminder of the darkness of the human heart and the glimmers of hope that shine through.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Great Read

Eva's Story: A Survivor's Tale by the Step-Sister of Anne Frank was a good read by Eva Schloss and Evelyn Julia Kent. Eva and her family became refugees in 1938. This book followed Eva and her family as they escaped the Nazi's. Eva became Anne Frank's step-sister when her mom married Anne's father. This was a good read.

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Wonderful, sad, uplifting heartwarming story!

It's hard to know what to say about this story. When Eva is describing her family life, parts of it made me smile. However, when she described the horrors she went through, it made me cry knowing this was more than just a fictional story, but actually happened. The narrator was great, bringing the story to life, and narrating with emotion. Even though, it was horrible, and dreadful, Eva manages to inject some hope and be thankful for the little things that happened. I also thought the interview at the end was a wonderful touch. Will be reading her other book that's available in audio soon. I would highly recommend this book, and I hope people read this and learn something. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Eva's Story: A Survivor's Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank
: Eva Schloss, Evelyn Julia Kent

This audiobook is supposed to take up the Holocaust story where Anne Frank's diary ended. The author knew Anne as a child, then after the war her mother married Anne's father. That was something I didn't know. Very detailed descriptions of life during the war.



The narration was well done, by Ann Richardson.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A Unique and Moving Account of WWII

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Eva's Story is written by Eva Schloss and Evelyn Julia Kent, and it tells the story of Eva and her family during WWII. They were Austrian Jews who fled to Holland after the start of WWII. They managed to stay hidden for some time, but they are eventually captured by the Germans and sent to an internment camp. Eva tells her story in a revealing, intimate manner. She doesn't succumb to a despairing tone that oftentimes accompanies WWII memoirs. Instead she shares both the good times and the bad, and she delivers an engaging and uplifting story in the process.

Eva, her parents and her brother fled from Austria in 1938 after the Germans invaded the country. They traveled to Amsterdam to find refuge. When the Germans invaded Amsterdam in 1940, they hid in various homes. They were betrayed and given up to the Germans in 1944. The Germans sent them to Birkenau, where they were separate by gender and sent to separate camps. Eva and her mother tell of their struggles, fears and triumphs in the camp. They run into friends and family from their old life who help them survive. Eva's account isn't overly negative or despairing. She gives facts and details as they were, and she shares her emotions and reactions to each event. Although towards the end of the book Eva's explains that she experienced great bitterness after the war, that tone is not present in this novel. As a result, this work never grows overly sad or melancholic. The events were tragic indeed, but Eva shares them in a matter-of-fact way. Eva details some of her life after the war, which is a topic that's oftentimes neglected in works focused around WWII. Overall, she presents a sad but heartwarming tale of struggle and survival.

Ann Richardson does a fantastic job with her narration of Eva's story. Her voice and dialect perfectly fit that of a young woman. She's completely believable as Eva Schloss; she makes it easy to get lost in this story. Eva finds herself in many surprising and appalling events throughout the story, and Richardson narrates them in a convincing manner. She conveys just enough emotion and conviction to match each situation. And her voice is never grating or tiresome. She adds an extra level of of impact to this work that could've easily been lost with a lesser narrator.

Eva's Story is oftentimes a terrifying and gruesome book detailing one of the darkest times in human history. But it is also a story about overcoming adversity, prevailing through the most difficult situations and finding hope when there seems to be none. Eva is an inspiring person who overcame so much. She blessed the world with this work, and it should be experienced by everyone.

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