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We Were the Lucky Ones Audiobook

We Were the Lucky Ones

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2017 - WWII and its heartbreaking history have served as the backdrop to some of my all-time favorite novels (Code Name Verity, The Nightingale, to name a couple). It is in these dark times that we search most desperately for a person's humanity - and these stories all share incredibly brave yet incredibly human characters. Georgia Hunter's debut novel, We Were the Lucky Ones, was born of her childhood discovery that she descended from a family of Holocaust survivors and her years-long attempt to unravel her family's history. Rich in setting, poignant in delivery, and amplified by moving performances from Robert Fass and Kathleen Gati, Hunter's novel is set to enter the impressive canon of WWII literature that touches you at your core. —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

It is the spring of 1939, and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable, and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

A novel of breathtaking sweep and scope that spans five continents and six years and transports listeners from the jazz clubs of Paris to Krakow's most brutal prison to the ports of Northern Africa and the farthest reaches of the Siberian gulag, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the 20th century's darkest moment, the human spirit could find a way to survive and even triumph.

©2017 Georgia Hunter (P)2017 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Reading Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones is like being swung heart first into history.... A brave and mesmerizing debut, and a truly tremendous accomplishment." (Paula McLain, New York Times best-selling author of The Paris Wife)

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    Stephanne Dennis Southeastern US 02-21-17
    Stephanne Dennis Southeastern US 02-21-17 Member Since 2013

    A good story is something that makes life feel... enriched by having experienced it.

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    "the good from the bad"

    The story isn't new but it's a refreshing version that celebrates survivors and the emotional and physical turmoil that coincides with this war. There are a lot of names, and more often than not I had to wait for the story to develop around the character before figuring out which family member we were hearing about. But this didn't really detract from the overall experience. The narration is sharply articulated but it isn't unpleasant and the accents were well done... even some of the southern American dialect.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Phil L 03-29-17
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    "Exceptional story- written beautifully"

    I rarely walk around breathless as I listen to all the books I listen to. This book grabbed me and didn't let go. It's a families true story, their harrowing experiences and survival. Just amazing.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Proud Palisadian 03-14-17 Member Since 2017

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    "My Best Audible "Read" Ever"
    What made the experience of listening to We Were the Lucky Ones the most enjoyable?

    The story behind this book -- a TRUE story -- is compelling, suspenseful, terrifying, and joyous. It is a wonderful reminder of atrocities we should never forget, and of the way the human spirit can overcome even the most horrific of experiences. This is by far and away the best book I've ever listened to on Audible.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Judy L. Knaapen SC 02-19-17
    Judy L. Knaapen SC 02-19-17 Member Since 2016

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    Would you listen to We Were the Lucky Ones again? Why?

    Yes I certainly would listen again in as much that the story line is very well composed. It seems to flow much as if a symphonic piece of classical music. Certainly kept me listening and in such a way that I was disappointed once the last chapter had arrived. Family in my case is a vital part of life. Given the dire circumstances of the book, it was a blessing to see the family once again share their lives around the supper/dinner table.


    What does Kathleen Gati and Robert Fass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Enjoyed Kathleen's narrative. The accents and languages are very well done and a pleasure to listen to.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Joni 03-05-17
    Joni 03-05-17 Member Since 2011
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    "A tale of courage and determination"

    A truly amazing story of suffering, persistence and triumph. We are lucky to have you here and thank you for sharing such a difficult story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Gourdin 03-02-17
    J. Gourdin 03-02-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved This Book and the narrator"

    I enjoyed the story and it really made me think about what happened in WWII. Also loved hearing that it was the author's family history!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Gallagher 02-25-17 Member Since 2010
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    "An amazing part of our history beautifully told."

    I listened to the book over a several week period and found myself missing the family and wanting to get back to them to return to their lives and their story.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 04-23-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 04-23-17 Member Since 2016

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "We are the lucky ones -- listening to this gem!"

    Ms Hunter wrote the story of her exceptional family, who despite hardships and trials that few of us could come near to understanding let alone surviving, truly were the lucky ones. And they knew it. It seems they knew it even while living it. The story is extraordinary. The people were smart, funny, loving, and full of life. And Ms Hunter's portrayal of her family is filled with respect, compassion and humor. She allows the characters to be real -- sometimes frustrated or angry, sometimes a little too innocent. I found myself listening late at night in my quiet house wishing that they were all sitting there sharing the tales of their days and laughing loudly. It was a lovely book that let me experience some of the worst things of life in WWII and to learn more about the Polish Jewish experience, and yet leave the book with so much joy and gratitude. Yes, they were the lucky ones -- but now I am as well because she shared the story with me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 04-18-17
    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 04-18-17
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    "Captivating and Emotionally Gripping!"
    What did you love best about We Were the Lucky Ones?

    The narrator was fantastic and the family's story of perseverance and resilience were my favorite part of this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how hard the whole family pushed through and how much their faith and family meant to them all.


    What does Kathleen Gati and Robert Fass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her accents and pronunciation of all the different languages was perfect.


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

    Absolutely. The story gripped me right from the start and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book! Had me captivated the entire time! You can't even imagine what this family went through, but yet the story happened to many more people. This story is very important too and one that should be read to remind us of everything that has happened so that we don't repeat history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia M. Raymond 04-17-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Incredible and Inspiring"

    Gati is an amazing narrator of this beautifully told story of love, family and survival.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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