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I hesitated for over a year from writing a review of Gerda Weissmann Klein's -All But My Life- for the strange but simple reason that this book is my favorite book of the Holocaust and I simply could not put the phrase -favorite book of the holocaust- into print. The Holocaust is something beyond ordinary human experience and I lack the proper means to express the gravity with which I feel about it. I have listen to most everything Audible has on Holocaust literature: Night, Day, The Nazi Officer's Wife, Defying Hitler, Schindler's List, Anne Frank, and have read many more. Gerda's story appeals to me precisely because I cannot relate to her. She has a purity of soul and a set of survivor skills that I simply do not have. It also helps that she was rescued and had a good life in America after the war. Anything positive in these accounts is very welcome indeed to a reader. A word to the wise, at any one time, be careful how much Holocaust literature you read. Regarding the narration, I did not require authentic European accents or pronunciations, only that I understood what was being said, in English, and the narrator provided this in a dignified and attractive style. MB
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Compelling listen, excellently written, and superbly narrated. My parents lived through the holocaust and this book made me feel what my mother must have gone through. Grace Conlin does a superb rendition. Her voice is calm and controlled with the right touch of emotion so you believe that you are there through Gerda Weissmans eyes. I met and heard Gerda Weissmann, some time after she wrote this book, and although Mrs. Weissmann Klein has a mild European accent Grace Conlin manages to reflect her demeanor and outlook. I recommend it to everyone lest we forget.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This was a wonderful story of courage and stoicism and how the human spirit can endure. The author told her story with clarity and courage
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I think this book is fantastically written I could not put it down, it makes you realise how lucky you are and how strong a human can be.
I will miss this book and although it was heart breaking I did not want this book to end, I feel strangely close to Gerda although I am a million miles apart in every way.
I would highly recommend this book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes the part when Gerda was seporated from her parents.
Any additional comments?
other reviews say the narrator was monotone but I thought she was authentic and her tone and pitch was fitting to this story, if she had been more animated it would be disrespectful to the story and its harrowing events.