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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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Compelling story of an awful time

I had never read much about the concentration camps in Germany during World War II. This book was a good way to enter that horrible time as it was clearly written (though fictionalized history) but saved the reader from graphic, horrific details. What was recounted left the imagination open to fill in details of the mind blowing hatred that was left unspoken. I loved the thread of Hope that Rosenberg wove throughout the story. I highly recommend this book and I particularly enjoyed the audio version.

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Glad I chose this one!

This has probably been the best book (of many) that I've listened to since subscribing to Audible, which is why I'm writing this review. Based in a time when being Jewish was worse than any other crime one could have committed, young Jacob's future has been determined by a series of events, rather than a conscious choice. The narrator of this book has an amazing ability to switch between various accents, giving depth to each character. This was a terrifying time in history, and even though this book illustrates the intensity of the dehumanization of the Jews and political prisoners, it also portrays the importance of hope and compassion.

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Powerful book

Auschwitz Escape portrays the stark horror of the Nazi camps with intermittent individual stories of heroism by simple women and men whose nobility grew even as their bodies and minds were systematically pulverized. There is an astonishing spiritual current to the story which threads it's way through the degrading events of the characters. Hope and courage abound in spite of the efforts to dehumanize the inhabitants.
Though it is fiction it is a well documented historical picture of these brave people and their struggle.
Bottom line: I loved the book.

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narrator very good, powerful story

hard to stop listening sometimes and so sad when you understand it's based on so much that is true. We see history repeating itself with terrorists today that are bent on eliminating Jews and Christians among others. We pretend we don't see it because we are too politically correct to call things what they are. God help us if we fail to confront it honestly, directly and harshly. Time for Americans to demand we confront this evil before it comes here. We used to have strong leaders running our country, now most are nothing more than polititians, liars, sorry to repeat myself. anyway this is a book review so forgive me. it's a good book for sure. enjoy
Really enjoy this author. 3 of my last 4 were Joel books. He is obviously a Christian and i feel good listening because I am as well.

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  • Woody
  • APO, AE, United States
  • 01-21-15

Rosenberg's Very Best

I have read everything Joel Rosenberg has written ... and this is the best by far! A superb blending of tragic history and a wonderful story of hope and faith. Christopher Lane's narration is perfect for this book. His characterizations are believable and filled with emotion. Please read this book!

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Fantastic Audio book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Auschwitz Escape to be better than the print version?

The narrator has a engaging voice and his ability to speak with accents provides a greater depth to the story.

What other book might you compare The Auschwitz Escape to and why?

Escape from Sobibor, - story about the Holocaust, concentration camp, planning escapes, etc.

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

The way he used accents for the characters and that you always knew who was talking just by the tone and sound of his voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure

Any additional comments?

A very emotional, disturbing read yet at the same time it makes you feel inspired, appreciative to be living in the 21st century and awed by human endurance.

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Outstanding

What did you love best about The Auschwitz Escape?

I think everyone should read at least one book a year about the Holocaust to remind us of this terrible event in history. And this is a great one. Rosenberg does an outstanding job of mixing fact with fiction to make the story riveting. I was transfixed throughout the book. Very moving.

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  • W.
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 03-24-14

The Auschwitz Escape

This is an incredible novel! It is based on true historical facts of actual escapes from Auschwitz. I am at a loss for words to describe the depths of systematic genocide that were being performed in that era, but, as the author said in an interview about the book, the same types of crimes are possible today if we don't take a stand against evil when God calls us to move. For me when and how is up to the guidance of His Holy Spirit.

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INCREDIBLE! EYE OPENING!

One part that really hit me was how, although this is a fiction book, Joel Rosenberg has told a story that is true. There were some escapes from Auschwitz; the escapees tried desperately to get the news out about what was happening there and to keep more Jews from getting on the trains to death; and even that some people even in the camps sent letters trying to warn family members about the concentration camps. So many of the events in the book were factual and meticulously researched by the author. Yet the story he weaves is both fascinating and horrifying.

Excellent narrating by Christopher Lane!

Made me take another look at America and it's Allies on their treatment of the Jewish people. As an American I can see both sides but it does not excuse the past mistakes our leaders have made.

I enjoyed the tie that was made between the Christians and the Jews, and how at one point one character tells another that the “question shouldn’t be, ‘Why are you, a Christian, here in a death camp, condemned for trying to save Jews?’ The real question is, ‘Why aren’t all the Christians here?’” Later Jedrick says that he is helping them (escapees) “because the Bible teaches us to love the Jews.”

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Gripping and Amazing

Where does The Auschwitz Escape rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top, just behind The Shack

What other book might you compare The Auschwitz Escape to and why?

"Night" by E. Wiesel because of the horror and intensity of that time. The exception is that Rosenberg's book is a fictional account of four non-fiction escapees, whereas Wiesel's is first person.

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

Jacob by far. Lane does a wonderful job with all the accents, American, French, German, Russian... By far the best narrator I've ever heard.

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

Shock and horror. It's a true story that from every fiber in your bones you don't want it to be real. Given all the facts and the history, the death camps make it hard to grasp that was happening in the 20th century.

Any additional comments?

I wholeheartedly recommend this great book. Not just for the factual history but for the great story Rosenberg has woven into it. May we all be Jacob's.

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