The Seamstress

  • by Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Biography and Memoir, 2013
Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

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What the Critics Say

"There are many recent accounts of Holocaust victims, but this work stands alone as a testimony to personal strength and an independent spirit." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Overcome with Emotion

My grandfather had a premonition and fled Germany before the war. My mother was ten when they emigrated to the United States. Our family lost a lot of family and friends.

When I listened to this memoir Wanda McCaddon's voice brought back memories of my grandmother's voice. My grandmother taught me to sew.

This is a truly riveting story of one woman and her family's survival during the Hitler regime. I've read a lot about the war. I have to keep reading about it. It's part of the fabric of my people. This history must be kept alive.

I am a seamstress and sewed the whole time I listened to this audiobook. My latest quilt got wet from all the tears I shed listening to Sara Turvel's story. I'm so glad she had her story finally published.

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- Meryl

Thankfully a happy ending to the nightmare

Would you consider the audio edition of The Seamstress to be better than the print version?

yes, because the narrator was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful and she could read it better to me than I could ever read it to myself!


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seamstress?

I guess it would be the end of the war right before the rescue


What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

her great voice and enthusiasm and expression
she gives the main character a personality and spunk


Any additional comments?

This book was published after the author died and I just wish she knew how many peoples lives she has touched with her writing. She had so much hope and endurance and positive attitude in the middle of a nightmare. She also went on and didn't dwell on her nightmare. She actually had a good life afterwards.

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- Karen "I've just gotten hooked on audio book this last year & I love them. Now I can "read" a book & do other things like walk or hobbies."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio