Five Chimneys

A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz
Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Olga Lengyel tells, frankly and without compromise, one of the most horrifying stories of all time. This true, documented chronicle is the intimate, day-to-day record of a beautiful woman who survived the nightmare of Auschwitz and Birchenau. This book is a necessary reminder of one of the ugliest chapters in the history of human civilization.

It was a shocking experience. It is a shocking book.

©2018 Chicago Review Press (P)2018 Chicago Review Press
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Five Chimneys

Struggled to listen. The fake accent of the narrator was very annoying. She could have read the book without trying to affect a European accent. I imagine the story was good. I feel great empathy for the Holocaust survivors. I have finished this book. What a terrible tale. Heart breaking. Once again I stress the affected accent was very annoying. She should have narrated the book in her natural accent.

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Interesting facts

It has some interesting facts but the writer isn't a natural at storytelling. It's hard to follow and jumps around chronologically and geographically. The Narrator didn't help. She was hard to listen to trying to give everything a German accent

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great story

i loved this book. my only problem was the narrator changed accents mid sentences. at one time it was Jamaican. it was not necessary.

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Incredible story! OK performance.

For those who seek out memoirs of the Holocaust, this book is a MUST READ! The performance of this audio book is only “OK”; the fake accents were badly rendered. Dear listeners: please don’t let the performance take away from this INCREDIBLE story of perseverance and inspiration.

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Great detail of camp workings...Outstanding !

I loved it and would refer it to anyone looking for more information about details of the camp.

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five chimneys

to believe is to have known some one or been told a true history of what happened in those terrible years. A country so small to raise up to such awful hate toward human beings and clam they didn't know... We must all hear, read, and learn all we can so thus doesn't happen again, or it will even worse.

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good story but bad performance

The narrator struggled with the eastern european accent in the beginning of the book and overall mainly abandoned it throughout. At one point she was reading with a Brittish accent although it was still the same main character speaking. She also read most of the story in the same angry tone. This performance made the story difficult to get through. It would have been better if the narrator had been able to portray a range of emotions and had not used the fake eastern european accent. The story was very good but it would have probably been better if i had read it from a tangible book rather than listen to this recording.

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amazing

great I listen to it all the time. It is very educational and historical. Great

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Unbelievable story of a very strong woman. So much hardship and suffering. I encourage everyone to listen to this book. Much to learn. Outstanding performance by the narrator.

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Heart-breaking but so amazing

It’s hard to wrap my mind around the details of this story. Simply amazing yet so sad.

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  • crazy caz
  • 01-13-19

A honest account of events

An honest and raw account of events. The unimaginable suffering of thousands, and to realise that it was not that long ago is hard to comprehend.

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  • Aileen Reidy
  • 01-25-19

So Sad

what a brave wonderful person Olga was. My heart broke for her for the loss of all her family and friends...and for all the poor souls that were treated so badly. A great book and should be read by everyone ❤❤

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  • ania
  • 07-18-19

Tragic and very sad but dull writing

Tragic and very sad but dull writing, difficult to get a reader involved. Narration was terrible and over dramatic and spoiled the book for me. Interesting how some already oppressed Jews can happily participate in oppressing gay people by calling them 'perverts'. It did not even occur to the author to question the common back then assumption that gay means pervert. Exactly like large portion of german society accepted that Jews were not humans.

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  • Kathcolours33
  • 03-07-19

Good book, bad narrator

A sad, gripping book that deserved a decent narrator rather than an American trying to do a Romanian accent. You do get used to her over the top 'Count Dracula' impression though and it's worth sticking with it because this book is excellent.

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  • Rose
  • 01-13-20

I really shouldn’t read on a sunday

I began this book on a sunday night and didn’t complete it until monday morning which is to say I did it in one sitting which means I’m goood for nothing today. There have een many books written about the holocaust some fact and others fiction. I prefer the factual ones at least for accuracy. The more of them I read the more convinced I am that you’d really hav to have beeen there to experience the true horrors of what really went on in the camps. However, this book paints a pretty vivid picture not just of the layout of the camp but the atrocities committed there. There are facts in this book which I have never read in any other and they are awful to read. My only criticism is the narrator. Oh sure her rendering of the book isn’t bad but really, why couldn’t she have just read it in her normal accent instead of trying to put one on? It’s rather annoying though you do get used to it after a time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-19

The ultimate account

this book covers everything and though you're with the character it really adds depth as to the sheer amount of people, humans that were exterminated by other humans. if you're going to read any book and what can happen went extremists come to power this is the book. As they start to creep into power around the globe in 2019 you can't help but think how long before this all repeats itself.

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  • smarty
  • 06-07-20

very informative read

could not stop listening to it a very good read
in memory to those poor souls

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  • Rebecca Piek
  • 02-08-20

Perspective

This book gave me a very different perspective of Auschwitz. Especially as it was a non-Jewish viewpoint. It is very descriptive and rich in detail of a desperate situation

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  • JeanetteDL
  • 07-31-19

Incredible

I have read this book 4 or 5 times but this is the first audio I have used.

The book is remarkable, cruelty, compassion, hate and love, life and death all exude from the pages.

What I didn’t like about the audio version was the attempts at accents. I was distracted by it and also found it a little patronising. It did nothing to had any credibility to the story which actually speaks for itself.

The subject of this book deserves the highest accolades and deserves the highest level of respect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-24-19

Harrowing but touching

A Harrowing tale, which is a real eye opener as to the events in Auschwitz

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-19

Struggled to get through it

This is one of the first ww2 books I just couldn't get through it... The narrator just ruined it... I found it really hard to follow..