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Between Shades of Gray Audiobook

Between Shades of Gray

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Publisher's Summary

A powerful and haunting debut novel about a little-known slice of history.

Lina is just like any other 15-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys - until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously - and at great risk - documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.

Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

©2011 Ruta Sepetys (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    "A history everyone should know"

    This is a part of history that is not widely known, but should be. Especially for those who take advantage of the freedoms that they have, with no appreciation or respect for them. A beautiful and terribly sad story

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    Horrifying what the Baltic people went through. Beautifully written. I hope everyone reads this and remembers all of the innocent lives lost.

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    This book will be in my heart always. It was a Beautiful but sad story. The story captivated me and made me feel every emotion. I recommend you to read this book and feel the pain and joy to this story.

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    Anonymous 08-05-17
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    really an amazing book. It really opened up a different way of visualizing every perspective of life. 💜

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    Kathy 07-25-17
    Kathy 07-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Narrator's performance detracted from listening experience."

    I found the narrator very difficult to listen to. She over dramatized the performance so much sometimes that it distracted me from the story and ruined the mood the author was setting. The story itself was incredible. I had not known about the arctic camps. Just can't imagine what I would do if faced with the same circumstances.

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    Anonymous 06-07-17
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    "Tragic and beautiful"

    I have have never been so touched by a book. I feel as though I know the characters and have suffered with them. My hearts aches. I read the book in a little over 24 hours. Beautiful writing and beautiful characters. I would recommend this book.

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    "history should not b forgotten"

    This book will touch the deepest part of you. I could not put it down. please read it. you won't regret it.

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    Beatrice Barry 05-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    I absolutely loved listening to this book because it spiked so many emotions; it made me cry, laugh, feel anxious, scared, disgusted. But overall this book was probably one of the best books that I have ever read and audible helped me read it. The reader of this particular audible book put so much infection into what she was reading to describe all of the things that Ruta Sepetys' book.

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    Lorrie 03-30-17
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    "A must read"

    Millennials and the rest of us always tend to think the world revolves around us. We think our struggles are just unfathomable...this changes everything! My gosh! I needed this as a wake-up call! There are NO bad days, unless we lose a loved one or limb in today's world.

    These people suffered at a level I hope that I can never comprehend. We have seriously got to wake up and realize what precious people endured and also remember that HISTORY repeats itself. The author and wrote all the characters so beautifully. I did loathe the bald man... what a jerk. I also think the narrator had a super pleasant voice. Just excellent. I cried...a lot.

    Loved it.

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    Very boring not worth your time would not recommend for anybody such a waste of time

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