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Publisher's Summary

The gripping story of Gracianna - a French-Basque girl forced to make impossible decisions after being recruited into the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris.

Gracianna is inspired by true events in the life of Trini Amador’s great-grandmother, Gracianna Lasaga. As an adult, Amador was haunted by the vivid memory of finding a loaded German Luger tucked away in a nightstand while wandering his great-grandmother’s home in Southern California. He was only four years old at the time, but the memory remained and he knew he had to explore the story behind the gun.

Decades later, Amador would delve into the remarkable odyssey of his Gracianna’s past, a road that led him to an incredible surprise. In Gracianna, Amador weaves fact and fiction to tell his great-grandmother’s story.

Gracianna bravely sets off to Paris in the early 1940s - on her way to America, she hopes - but is soon swept into the escalation of the war and the Nazi occupation of Paris. After chilling life-and-death struggles, she discovers that her missing sister has surfaced as a laborer in Auschwitz. When she finds an opportunity to fight back against the Nazis to try to free her sister, she takes it - even if it means using lethal force.

As Amador tells the imagined story of how his great-grandmother risked it all, he delivers richly drawn characters and a heart-wrenching pause-resister that listeners won’t soon forget.

©2013 by Jose Trinidad Amador III (P)2020 Jose Trinidad Amador III

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Different Narration

I don't normally right a review, but for this one I decided I would. I thought the story itself was really interesting, however, very slow to start. My biggest hurdle to finishing it was the narrator. I know the author narrarated his own story but I think it would have been much much better if he had someone else do it. A woman perhaps. I have listened to books where men narrated a book that was mostly about a women and they have done pretty well, this one isn't one of those at all. The inflection in his voice never changed at all for different characters. They all sounded like the voice he used for Gracianna. In fact, as a man I would think that when he read the words one of the men characters spoke his voice even got an octave higher. The narrator is a man! Use a man's voice for men! This irritated me throughout the book. It was very hard to tell what character was speaking because they were all the same. The story itself was good, but I'm sorry to say the narrator ruined it for the most part. I also wish he had said what year it was at the beginning of each chapter or somewhere during the story. it wasn't until the end that they were in the states that he said it was 1950 when Constance visited her sister on their ranch. When telling a story that takes place during the war it helps to know how far into the war it is so you can gage about then their trials will come to an end. I actually give the whole book an average of 3.5 stars and not 4. The story saves it from less. Thank you!

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Strong Woman

The story started out slowly for me and I almost gave up but it got much better. The main character is a strong, independent woman which I enjoyed but I never developed much empathy for her considering the circumstances of the times. I think maybe it was the reader’s lack of conviction when dialogue was used. It didn’t ring true or convincing to my ear. I’m not a writer or profess to know the ins and outs of writing styles but often times I felt like I was listening to a child’s book. When an author repeats the same word over and over I think of a child’s story…an example being when he says, “bang, bang, bang.” There were other examples throughout the story. I think on a whole I would have given this book a better rating if I had read it and not listened to it.

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Try to stay with it...

OMG, starts off soooo slow. It didn't start getting good until about 3.5 hours in. I was about ready to give up.

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I really tried

I got through part of chapter 1 and didn't think I could go any further but I persevered. The storyline is scattered and uninteresting to me. The performance is either over the top melodramatic or very boring. I wish I could say better.

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A Little Too Fictional

Though the story had some interesting elements that kept the reader engaged, I found the events and interactions with Nazi Germany officers in occupied France a little too fictional and unrealistic. In terms of performance, since there was no change in voices between different characters it was sometimes a little hard to follow which character was speaking.

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It was good

The only reason for me giving it 4 stars is because the the beginning of the book was hard to follow and to figure out why they were talking about different people. He never tied them together until much later.

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Could have been a good story

This book could have been great, but lacked detail and failed to give the characters any personality. It is also proof that an author should never be the narrator. Delivery waz flat and droning, with sudden spurts of fake emotion., that sounded more comical than sad. I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't do justice to what should have been a good story.

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Beautiful story but the narration was flat and hard to follow

The story was capturing and beautiful! The narrator however was unfortunate. It was flat, unnatural and hard to follow.

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Incredibly Moving

I loved this book. I started listening to it without realizing it was based on a true story. I can't even imagine the struggles that Gracianna, and everyone in this book, encountered. A must for everyone to read or listen to.

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Good story

The story is good. The overall experience would have been better with a female reader.

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