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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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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 02-26-18

Engaging novel of Nazi horrors

This novel felt like three different novels, all with different feels. The first, and best, dealt with two characters in Nazi-occupied Europe. One was a German Jew, recruited into the resistance after his family is murdered. The other is a Christian pastor who hides Jews and smuggles them out of Nazi-occupied France. These stories were so intense and real-feeling. The next segment deals with Auschwitz. The horror continues. I was not sure how long I could handle it. And then the characters become part of the planning of an escape. The tone of the novel changed, and it felt like a typical POW escape story, removed from the awful things going on in the camp. This was interesting, but ordinary in many ways, and the reason I did not rate this book 5 stars. The final segment is the escape. This felt like an action novel, and a very good one. While some of the conversations about religion felt a little preachy, this book overall drew me in. It was both horrifying and inspiring. I very much liked this 4.5 star novel. The narrator was great.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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!

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 08-31-16

A Chilling & Deeply Thought-Provoking Story.

I really liked this book and listened to it in its entirety in two sittings. It is a deeply moving story set in a tragic and chilling period of this world's history. The protagonist is a young German Jew named Jacob who finds himself a prisoner in Auschwitz and Birkenau. Because most of the book takes place within the walls of the prison complex it takes a serious peek into the life of those held there. It allows the reader to reflect on the harrowing lives of the men and women imprisoned there, the disgusting behaviors of some very evil men, and the frightful display of human obscenity. This book serves as a reminder to look deeply at others, to think and act with love and respect, to refrain from judgment. This book serves as a reminder that dark and ignorant thought leads to angry, thoughtless, and wrong words which often provoke worse behaviors. That each step towards hatred and prejudice makes the following step look more acceptable instead of more horrendous. And eventually holocausts occur while others ignore it. This has happened many times and will likely happen again. Perhaps if more of us read books like this one regularly we could prevent future holocausts.

Christopher Lane embodies Jacob. He provides Jacob with a unique voice. He allows Jacob to be innocent and yet angry, intelligent and let judgmental. He allows Jacob to sound frightened when appropriate, sympathetic when the character would have been sympathetic, and shocked, angry and lost when he finds himself living in the horrific world of Auschwitz. He takes Mr Rosenberg's words and gives them life. Truly excellent narration.

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Recommend this

Wow, this is an amazing book. Read a lot of books about the holocaust, however this book takes it to a deeper level.
Couldn’t stop reading and made a lasting impression. Highly recommend this book!

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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.

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  • Ryan
  • Logan, Utah
  • 07-29-14

Horror and beauty in the same book

Any additional comments?

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.

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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.
How could a story with the title "The Auschwitz Escape" be so boring? The pace is painfully slow and the plot unbelievable.

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.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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!

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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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Captivating

Loved it. Very moving. My wife and I couldn't stop listening to it. It makes you thankful for the price others paid for your freedom.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful