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Tremendous book. One of the most gripping Holocaust books I have read. Perfect blend of history, memoir and legal analysis.
How Philippe Sands put this book together is beyond belief, the amount of research - historical documentation and family history - knits together like an, enormous, sometimes horrific and melancholic word quilt. Beautifully read tremendously moving it is a work of great importance.
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So I have over 140 audio books on Audible and this is the first time I have been moved to write a review. This book is a staggering achievement. In turns it's a brilliantly researched history, a compelling memoir, a collection of incredible short stories and a compelling narrative of incredible scope. All of these elements are seemlessly weaved together into a compelling whole.
It's a book of sorrow and hope. Some passages left me close to tears, and yet others were uplifting and inspiring. Given that the Holocaust is the story underpinning the book its no surprise that it is a deeply moving. It's fitting that the book which explores the relationship between the individual and the group chooses to tell the story of the Holocaust through a collection of individual stories.
The narration is well done. The author narrates some elements, which give the book personality and authenticity. Long passages are given over to David Rintoul, who is a very adept narrator and allows the narrative to progress smoothly.
I can not recommend this book highly enough.
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This was not my usual type of book but the story is so interesting. The history is shocking and I was alternately listening to other books on the topic with less factual information so this helped me understand them too. I think it is important to remind ourselves of these events so that we are forever vigilant to bigotry and racism. I had to listen in small sections as it is complex. Brilliant research.. loved his perseverance.