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A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs.

When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

As World War II rages and Hitler begins implementing his "final solution" to systematically and ruthlessly exterminate the Jewish people, Jacob must rely on his wits and a God he’s not sure he believes in to somehow escape from Auschwitz and alert the world to the Nazi’s atrocities before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance.

©2014 Joel C. Rosenberg (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!

What did you love best about The Auschwitz Escape?

I loved the entire book! But, my favorite would have to be the end of the book. I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but I found my eyes welling up with tears and a smile on my face.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

At times I actually found myself talking out loud as if Jacob could hear me. After saying, "Oh no, don't go that way!" My son actually asked me, "What are you talking about? There is only one way to the back yard."

Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

Christopher Lane gave each character their own unique sound. He did such a wonderful job. One reviewer said people who speak french only have accents when they speak English. I don't speak french, but when a friend of mine, who is french speaks french, she has a definite accent. I hate it when narrators try to do the opposite sex and end up sounding like they have an awful head cold, or are being strangled. Christopher Lane did a wonderful job!

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

Unfortunately I began the book late in the afternoon and had to force myself to stop and go to bed. That being said, as soon as I got up the next day, my headset was the first thing I picked up.

Any additional comments?

I can't say enough about this book. It is so worth the read!

49 of 54 people found this review helpful

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dbrown

I am surprised by this book. I is a very good story and the narrator delivered an attractive performance. this I a must read for all so we may never forget what can happen if we the people don't pay attention.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A sense realism following Auschwitz-Birkenau visit

If you could sum up The Auschwitz Escape in three words, what would they be?

Realistic, horrifying, saddening...

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I felt that the best part of the book was from the beginning to the time of the escape. The account of life in Auschwitz I appears to me to have been spot on. After the escape, the story became somewhat predictable and less engaging.

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

Pretty well over all, but sometimes the accent seemed a bit overplayed.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination campus on October 23, 2015. I chose to read this book to learn more about the Nazi death camps. This book had a tremendous sense of realism following my visit. I could see each scene in my mind's eye. It was therefore a difficult read. I don't believe that I have ever visited a sadder place in my life. I was deeply touched by this experience - one I will never forget. I think that it would be good if everyone had - in some minor way - a better understanding of the holocaust. We would be less prone to making mistakes in dealing with people who are different from us. These lessons would be quite applicable to the current Syrian refugee problem.

Any additional comments?

I felt that the presentation was somewhat irregular in terms of what life must have been like in the two campus. Perhaps this was necessary due to the changing perspectives of the protagonist in Auschwitz I and then Birkenau.

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Questionable accuracy and dicey performance

Really disliked this. The basics for the background were not there and the narrator was not the best at multiple voices. Hard to finish

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there are much better books of its type

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

no, because the story was composed of stereotypical characters . sometimes I felt that the author had a check list of events that had to take place.

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Eh...

It was alright. Worth the read, but I never really felt engrossed in the story. I guess it wasn't very engaging for me. It felt kind of shallow and written at an arm's-length from reality. I really didn't love the narrator, but it didn't ruin it for me. His attempts at all the different accents felt contrived instead of helpful. Just eh....

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I love Historical Fiction. I hate History Books. More books should be written about the Holocaust. We should never should be allowed to forget. On the other hand these books should be well written. Most importantly the emotion and feelings of the time should come through the writing. JR fails for me in this attempt. The words are there, but no emotion do they emote. This is my second JR book and I have yet to be impressed. He is a best selling writer, so maybe it is me.

Two really good books about this era among many are Night by Elie Wiesel and Black Cross by Greg Isles.

The narrator was no help.

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  • Ryan
  • Logan, Utah
  • 07-29-14

Horror and beauty in the same book

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I can't say anything about this book that hasn't already been said. It was fantastic and horrifying, tragic and redemptive. It was men and women of true merit and courage that overcame the unspeakable evil of Nazi Germany, and books like that bring them to life.

23 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • United States
  • 04-10-14

Unforgettable and very moving...

It's a book like this that reminds me of why I love Audible so much. The book was well written but what really puts it at the top of my top Audible books of all time was the narration.

If I had just read this book it would not have been the same. The narrator did an OUTSTANDING job. He brought the characters to life and the narration made the story so much more meaningful to me.

No audio book has ever brought tears to my eyes except this one. This book is not to be missed!

27 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • SteveK
  • The Woodlands, Texas
  • 05-16-17

Disappointing- Couldn't Finish

Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Christopher Lane?

There are much better historic fictions in this genre out there.

What was most disappointing about Joel C. Rosenberg’s story?

I was really moved by Kristin Hannah's "The Nightingale" and wanted more. This book isn't even close.<br/>How could a story with the title "The Auschwitz Escape" be so boring? The pace is painfully slow and the plot unbelievable. <br/>

What character would you cut from The Auschwitz Escape?

I really wanted to at least like the protagonists, but found Jacob to be a blundering idiot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful