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In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

©2011 Alyson Richman (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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Great Listen

What did you like best about this story?

while the story told of the personal tragedy of the period, the characters' own lives and story held my interest.

What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

Their voices seemed to "age" as time went by in the book.

If you could take any character from The Lost Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Lenka because she had experienced so much in her life, she would have a very unique perspective on life as a whole (I would think).

Any additional comments?

Great book about a very disturbing time in our history.

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Riveting with remarkable characterizations.

A pleasant surprise, with a depth of characterization and great sensitivity in dealing with the material. very worthwhile listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not a love story but a story of love

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Wife the most enjoyable?

The poignant delivery by the narrators

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

Liesel's denial that the smoke stacks at Auschwitz were anything other than "industry"

What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

For a story that spanned 70 years they were always true to the ages of their characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no - but never do

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended, poignant, sometimes chilling but never melodramatic

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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LOVED IT!

If you could sum up The Lost Wife in three words, what would they be?

I never wanted it to end. Wonderful reading. Excellent story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favorite..I loved Linka and Joseph..Sweet story.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

Can't choose

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he realizes who she is.

Any additional comments?

Read...listen to it their voices make the book. I cannot imagine it being any better..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • Farmington Hills, MI, United States
  • 02-09-14

An unforgettable experience

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One of the best audio books I've come across. A beautifully written story with two amazing reading performances. The subject matter was not always an easy listen, but it was always engrossing. The events at Terezin had a realistic feel, so I was not surprised to learn that many characters in the story had actually existed. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good audio book

Would you listen to The Lost Wife again? Why?

If I had no other audio book I wanted to listen to, yes I would listen to it again. Hopefully there will a lot of books I want to listen too!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The character read by Suzanne Toren(forgot the name of character!), because she was loyal to her family and very brave.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

Probably Character performed by Suzanne Toren was my favorite .

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, because some of the story takes place in a Concentration Camp, and that is easy to quit listening to. I needed a break.

Any additional comments?

It really is a well done audio presentation .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandy
  • Orlando, FL
  • 12-17-13

EXCELLANT, MOVING, SO WONDERFUL!!

The narration couldn't be better and made this wonderful story so much more emotional.
It's a must listen. Sit back and enjoy. And yes, I couldn't put this aside for very long. I finished this in just a few days.

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  • Linda
  • Wilmington, DE, United States
  • 12-17-13

Couldn't stop listening. Finished in two days !

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Wife to be better than the print version?

The audio version is FAR superior to the book and who has time to snuggle up alone with a book? I drove and handled my busy life and enjoyed this book all at the same time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I was lost in the story of the lost wife

One of the most moving accountings of the Holocaust, this is a story that will haunt you with the depth of love against a backdrop of sheer cruelty. Beautifully read, I could hardly keep from crying, nor did I want the story to stop. This is a story everyone must hear. The narrations and the emotions within those narrations are incredibly real. I found myself wanting to go find out more about Lenka and Josef.
Make sure you pay attention to the first chapter as it will carry you through the entire book.

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Hamilton, OH, United States
  • 11-12-13

Did not like at all

What disappointed you about The Lost Wife?

I bought this on the reviews but I. Found it to be repetitive and dragged on.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

the women's voice was very monotone with little inflection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful