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Publisher's Summary

During the Holocaust at the German concentration camp near Plaszow, thousands of Jews lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis. More than a thousand others were spared thanks to a womanizing, heavy-drinking, German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member named Oskar Schindler. One of the most remarkable narratives of the Holocaust, Schindler's List masterfully recreates the daring exploits of Schindler, who used his enormous fortune to build a factory near the concentration camp and his influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews. It is an absorbing, suspenseful, and moving account of Schindler's legacy of life.
©1993 Serpentine Publishing Co. PTY LTD. All Rights Reserved; (P)1993 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Great Read!

Interesting Story with dynamic characters and unexpected events. Written very well, although at times it is hard to follow along.

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bad

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The audio skips every other sentence,

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ben Kingsley?

if the whole audio was available

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

i only listened to the first chapter

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DONT BUY THIS

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  • Rob
  • Canada
  • 08-08-16

Powerful

Powerfully written. Perfect performance. I only wish there were an unabridged version available. The writing captures the horror and strength of the victims and the doggedness of Schindler's efforts to protect them.

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One of my all time favorites.

On my son's birthday, April 28, I am usually reminded the he shares a birthdays with Oskar Schindler who was born on April 28, 1908, and under the guise of a forced labor camp, was able to protect and feed at least 1200 Jews from almost certain death at the hands of the Nazi death camps. I reread this book about every two years, as a reminder of how powerful, hateful people can corrupt an entire society. Today we have seen this same type of hate rise with ISIS, in Africa, in Serbia and anywhere where good people allow themselves to be brainwashed into believing that building fences and defaming our less fortunate breathren will bring about a better world. It won't and the flames of the Nazi funeral pyres are a reminder, that even today, even in this country it can happen again.
Remember that Adolf Hitler was Elected by the people in a free election.

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it was better than Jurassic Park 2. aka it was ok.

naration was good for a book with little dialogue but still felt very boring. I recommend reading the book rather than just plain listening to it unless your lazy like me.

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Unabridged would be better

I would probably rate an unabridged version 5 star. Much was cut in the abridged.

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  • Nou
  • Midlothian, TX, United States
  • 01-14-15

One of the greatest stories of humanity!

I've always loved this story. Too bad it's abridged for audio but I have the hard copy.

As we see time and time again throughout history, it only takes one voice, the rest will follow.

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Loved the movie, didn't like the abridged book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I must admit I didn't see that it was an abridged audiobook ... <br/><br/>I wanted to follow on with my paper copy of the book.After I realised I could not follow along with the book, I simply tried to listen to the story. <br/><br/>I found that the way the author writes is like a series of facts. No doubt Keneally wants to make sure that he presents a true accurate account of what happened, so maybe that is why he writes that way, but I found that there was little suspense in the book, unlike the movie where I genuinely on the edge of my seats. <br/><br/>Instead what I felt we got was a series of dry facts ... <br/><br/>I loved the important message of both this book, audiobook and the film <br/><br/>... for me I don't think this abridged audiobook tells the story in as clear or as compelling a way as the film unfortunately. <br/><br/>(perhaps an unabridged version would have done better, I'm not sure)

Did Schindler's List inspire you to do anything?

Perhaps watch the movie again ... it made me realise what a fantastic job they did with the movie to make it a cohesive and suspenseful story

Any additional comments?

It is an important story and an important book <br/><br/>... but this abridged audio recording was too dry for me unfortunately

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Wish it was Unabridged

This was an excellent book, though I wish there was more. I am surprised that the Unabridged version is not offered.

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Very moving story

The narrator's voice is very nice to listen to and his pronunciations are right on. The story is compelling and inspiring.