Our Crime Was Being Jewish contains 576 vivid memories of 358 Holocaust survivors. These are the true, insider stories of victims, told in their own words....
The Long Night is Ernst Israel Bornstein's first-hand account of what he witnessed in seven concentration camps....
An extraordinary and gripping true account of Irena Sendler - the "female Oskar Schindler" - who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland....
When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz....
Quickly becoming a cornerstone of Holocaust historiography, this is a devastatingly stark memoir from one of the lone survivors of Treblinka....
The Holocaust didn't really end in 1945. Not for everyone. Even after the war, survivors' lives were influenced by their terrifying experiences. Some of them were never able....
In 1941, newlyweds William and Rosalie Schiff are forcibly separated and sent on their individual odysseys through a surreal maze of hate....
The first-hand account of the life, career, and the practices of horror at Auschwitz....
This is the memoir of Elli Friedmann, who was 13 years old in March 1944, when the Nazis invaded Hungary. It describes her descent into the hell of the Auschwitz concentration camp....
For half a century, a terrible secret lay hidden, locked in a trunk in an attic... photos, official documents, and scraps of a diary written by a young girl....
Laurence Rees has spent 25 years meeting the survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust....
Europe, 1944: Three women believe they are pregnant, but are torn from their husbands before they can be certain. Rachel is sent to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot....
Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime....
I Shall Live tells the gripping true story of a Jewish family in Germany and Russia as the Nazi party gained power in Germany....
This pause-resister will keep you riveted to your seat as you discover how Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor....
Night is an unmistakably autobiographical account of the author's own gruesome experiences in Nazi Germany's death camps....
Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are simple, ordinary people until 1939, when the Nazis invade their homeland....
"I do not hate. To hate is to let Hitler win." - Rena Kornreich Gelissen....
Have met Schindler survivors and visited his grave, so was looking forward to listening to the book, but I should have known that I wouldn't get involved in an abridged book. Too much was left out. Will have to wait for an complete version of Schindler's Ark or have the time to read the book.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
... if unabridged! Kingsly blew this out of the water! Goose bumps, tears, pounding heart- he made me feel it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Schindler's List?
Having read the actual book, the abridged version seems to have left out a considerable amount of story lines that were needed in my opinion to be left in.
Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas Keneally? Why or why not?
Yes, as long as it was not an abridged reading
Which character – as performed by Ben Kingsley – was your favorite?
None really stand out above any other
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It was Schindler's List which is a fantastic story in itself.
Any additional comments?
This would have been a great listen unabridged
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
When confronted with danger, most people will shy away but Schindler did not and not only did he not shy away but he risked everything to save as many people as he could during the Holocaust and no matter how many times I hear this story I can't help but get goosebumps and chills. He was such a great hero and his deeds will forever be remembered by the entire families for every one of the thousands of people he saved. Making this book that much better, Kingsley does a great job as the narrator. It's hard to say this, but this book could actually be better than the classic movie starring Liam Neeson, who was nominated for an Oscar for his outstanding portrayal of the late great Oskar Schindler. Also, I really enjoyed the ending of this book and how Schindler made out following WW!!.Found that to be very interesting and something that I definitely did not know beforehand.
Two thumbs up and highly recommended!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I've not seen the movie so this was my first exposure to the story of Oscar Schindler and the Jews of Krakow. The story's slow buildup is what sticks in my mind. No one in Krakow new, of course, what was going to happen. Each new regulation (Jews can't have more than xxx marks in their bank account) was greeted with a kind of resignation -- maybe this one will be the last. The tale is told with a neutral tone that only increases the feelings in the reader of foreboding, shock, and sadness. This book, more than any other, reveals the beurocratic nature of the holocaust, and how it used the existing government and industrial system, of ordinay people, to follow an agenda of madness.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Thomas Keneally always has a message and a challenge for his readers. The challenge here is to acknowledge that all of us are capable of cruelty and compassion. The challenge for all of us is to find that middle road so that at our death they may say of us "he was a good man".
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I had high hopes for this one as well, knowing the towering achievement of a movie based on this book. However, the reader, Ben Kingsley, should stick to acting and leave the audio books to someone who cares more about what he's doing. Simply put, I thought he did a terrible job reading this book. No vocal inflection to indicate changing moods and themes, very little personalization of individual characters, no vocal anything, just one monotone. I had to shut it off because it was making me so sleepy. I cannot recommend this audio book unless as a cure for insomnia.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The shortened book doesn't flesh out this amazing story. It's a shadow of the entire book.
I saw the movie, now I wanted to hear the book. It was cut far too short without mentioning it was abridged. Not enough detail.
Schindler list was a great book. I really loved to listen to this audible. book an movie are both great.
Excellent, good story telling by the narrator, but spoilt by being abridged.could not find unabridged version.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The more audiobooks I listen to the more I realise the quality of the reader is key. Ben Kingsley is ace - he does the voices for each character and everything!!
What a book.
what a story
what a man
what a hero.
I salute you.
great book a must read.
If you could sum up Schindler's List in three words, what would they be?
Breathtaking, gritty, spellbinding
What did you like best about this story?
The fact it is a true story you can visualise it happening
What about Ben Kingsley’s performance did you like?
His voice captures you
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
It is not the full book, a huge amount of the story is skipped. I want a refund.
Tom Keneally has truly written a masterpiece. In the main it is an unforgettable portrait of Oscar Schindler. Yet, the story uniquely presents scenes of essential viewing for those of us who live in the world that stood witness to the Holocaust. Keneally's abilities for historical fiction are stunning, painting a hard but not indulgent canvass of events difficult to comprehend. The evils of the concentration camps, and the hope bought by Schindler -- himself not flawless -- is the kind of story that even confounds the reader, and at many turns inclines one to consider one's own understanding of human nature and the solution to the evil unearthed in the human heart.