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The Endless Steppe Audiobook

The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia

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Publisher's Summary

Poland, 1940. The Russian army invades the beautiful city streets of Vilna. Soldiers storm 10-year-old Esther Rudomin's house and arrest her entire family. The Rudomins, the soldiers say, are "capitalists - enemies of the people".

Forced from their home and friends, the Rudomins are herded onto crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia. For five years, Esther and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields and working in mines, fighting against all odds to stay alive. It is not an easy life. But through it all, Esther sustains the hope that one day she will return to Poland - and to freedom.

A National Book Award finalist, The Endless Steppe is the true story of Esther Rudomin Hautzig's girlhood in World War II Siberia. For over 25 years, this extraordinary book has touched the hearts of young people around the world with its vivid portrayal of life during World War II and its inspiring testament to the power of hope in the harshest conditions.

©1968 Esther Hautzig; (P)1995 Recorded Books

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    Slydoy209 02-10-12
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    "Not just a children's book! A+TRUE story&narrative"
    If you could sum up The Endless Steppe in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, poignant, enthralling


    What did you like best about this story?

    A story for the ages, based on the author's true
    deportation to Siberia, from her beloved Polish
    multigenerational house and garden. The Nazi invasion and occcupation of Poland, and evacuation of the Jewish people, is seen through
    the eyes of a bright, articulate,


    Any additional comments?

    Not too graphic, essential text. I preferred this Award winning book over

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jayne CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 11-24-13
    Jayne CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love true stories overcoming incredible hardships"
    What made the experience of listening to The Endless Steppe the most enjoyable?

    Well written-fabulously interesting- warm characters and loved the speaker


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ester


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Description of Siberia as it was
    Understanding the ominous beauty and silence of the Steppe


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

    A tragic blessing


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful story full of heart and reality

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray United States 05-26-17
    Ray United States 05-26-17 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the very best.."

    biographies I have ever read/listened to. It should be as popular as The Diary of Anne Frank.

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    thatonegirl 05-08-17
    thatonegirl 05-08-17
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    "Great story, narrator is hit and miss"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Being that this is a true story, no, I wouldn't change anything about it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Endless Steppe?

    One of the most striking moments of the novel occurs when Esther returns to Poland after the war ends and learns about almost all of her family having died due to the Holocaust.


    What three words best describe Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance?

    Slow, stale, stagnant.


    Any additional comments?

    The emotion lies hiding underneath the narrator's voice, but I do not feel her tone or pace change with the emotions of the book. Bresnahan could do more to differentiate character voices; all the males sound the same, and there is little to distinguish Mother from Esther when they have conversations. Her ability to pronounce the foreign words is quite helpful.

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    Paula Odom 05-01-17
    Paula Odom 05-01-17
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    "Book That Buffers"
    Would you try another book from Esther Hautzig and/or Alyssa Bresnahan?

    sure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    esther


    What didn’t you like about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance?

    it was a little slow


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    i loved the book


    Any additional comments?

    The ability to listen to the audio book is very limited at times. I have had to read aloud several days, because the system continues to experience "Buffering" for a major part of the school day.

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    ROBERT MURPHY 01-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    Excellent book! My whole family was hanging on every word. From the 17 year old to the 6 ye old. Amazing story of the human spirit through the life of a young girl during Ww11. Beautifully read.

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    shoesforcheap San Ramon, CA 06-17-15
    shoesforcheap San Ramon, CA 06-17-15
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    "Wonderful story"

    Read this book as a child and then with my kids in audio form. They enjoyed it as much as I did.

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