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Number one best-selling novel Last Words is where reality meets fiction and the lines in between are blurred by forbidden love.

Amelia - 1942: The inside of my closet held the last bit of my freedom before I was torn from my home and shoved onto a dark train. Our destination was even darker. "Women and children to the right. Men to the left," they shouted at us. Everything was taken from me, leaving only the smoke-filled air, piercing screams, and soul-burning cries. I was slowly starved and weakened to the bone, but there was a man - a Nazi - who brought me extra food. He called himself a prisoner too, but he scared me, and I wondered if he was the enemy I should fear the most.

Emma - current day: My grandmother hid her past in an old diary under her bed. The tattered, brown leather book sat there for years until she asked me to find it and read her unspoken words. Now, her stories and secrets are consuming every moment of my life.

She's dying...and asking for a man no one in our family has ever heard of. I never imagined a handwritten book could change my entire life, but it has. It opened my eyes to a new beginning, and I learned that love is not the unsaid word my grandmother has refused to speak. It's an action - it's longevity, taboo, and sometimes forbidden. Do we fight for what's wrong, or do we spend our lives searching for what's right? Last words were never spoken because love doesn't stop until a heart is no longer beating.

©2017 Shari J. Ryan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Entertaining. Educational. Hopeful.

Stephanie Willis, Susan Larkin, Chris Kayser narrated Last Words: A Diary of Survival, and they did an excellent job. The tone and pacing was excellent, the characters all sounded their age and the narration was packed with emotion. I was immersed from the start, and really, what else could you want from an audiobook?

Amelia’s story...well, what can you say? It’s heartbreaking, touching, moving. The story is not a comfortable one, but I can imagine the reality was much worse than described. As Amelia’s past is revealed, the book moves between the past and the present. In the present time, Amelia is a 92 year old woman who is dying. Her granddaughter Emma is tasked with reading Amelia’s secret diary about her experiences during WWII.

The present time is portrayed in a much lighter tone and includes a romance for Emma. As enjoyable as this part of the story was, it felt more of a “fluff piece” that took away from Amelia’s story. There just seemed to more there that we are not told.

Overall, I highly recommend this audiobook. It’s entertaining. It’s educational. It’s hopeful.

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Incredible!

This has been one of the best audibles I have ever listened to. The narrators were perfection. They fit the story line and felt so genuine.

In Last Words we get a taste of historical romance mixing with historical fiction mixing with a modern contemporary romance as the story is told in alternating POVs in present and past. Emma’s grandmother, Amelia, finally reveals the details of her time in the concentration camp in 1942. Through her grandmother’s journal, she sees the horror of Amelia being stripped of her family, her life, her humanity. It was devastating. But so wonderfully written. All while learning of Amelia’s past, seeing Emma learn what true love really is and that life isn’t worth settling for was amazing.

This book is truly amazing. I would recommend this in a heartbeat!

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Love Can Last a Lifetime.

I am COMPLETELY blown away by this story. I am a sobbing mess here.
What the heck did I just listen to? I mean... my god.... Although, this is a work of fiction... you realize that people actually endured this kind of life, and the strength and survival skills necessary to come out of those years alive. And it's sad as we really lose some of the last of them, that their stories will only be read and not told. A whole generation of people not getting to experience these survivors.

There are two love stories going on here. And while I really enjoyed Emma and Jackson, It was the old love story of a couple of what would be 90-year old lovebirds that held me captivated. They had been together through some of the worst things imaginable and torn apart before their real life together could even start, but never forgotten by Amelia over the rest of her life.

I was the thinking that the title might not speak to people if they were deciding on a book to read. Some people might see a story about The Holocaust and pass. You know, I might have been one of those people. Then the audiobook opportunity dropped into my lap and I figured... Why not?
I'm here to tell you that that title really means so much to the story and you might not really see how important it is until you get to the end. But, please don't pass on this book. It makes me sad to think that I might not have heard this story otherwise. Such a completely beautiful story. <3

The narrators were AMAZING. It really felt like you were listening to an actual movie. It never felt like they were reading to you. All of the accents were so realistic. They truly took my breath away.

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  • Sara
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  • 04-30-18

There are no words...

There really isn’t much I can say here. This book previously was amazing but this... this audiobook took this story to a whole level. It’s beautiful and devastating, it’s heartbreaking and real, it’s fiction and non-fiction living together. This is one of the most emotional audiobooks I have ever heard!
The narrators did a perfect job. All the accents were beautiful and strong. The emotion was vivid and completely captivating! I can’t recommend this book more... read or listen! It’s so worth it!!