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This was a memorable book & the 3 stories were very interesting & well-written. Don't be tempted to read the author's note at the end of the book first. Spoilers! I'm glad the author included it. I wanted to know more about actual events. I'm inspired to read more about the "rabbits."
The book seemed to drag a few times, but that's probably because I wanted things to happen that didn't. The book is long, but I don't think it needed editing (& I'm a former proofreader/copy editor).
Each narrator was excellent! I would be surprised if anyone dislikes the narrators. Even when each does other accents, I didn't find it jarring or dissonant.
There are a few places where it's quite sad & grim. But that's part of the book's purpose; it's about the Holocaust, after all.
Overall, an interesting, moving book from a new author. I'll be watching for her next book!
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What did you love best about Lilac Girls?
I am a retired history teacher and have read many books on WW2. I was not aware of this bit of WW2 history. Survivors of the concentration camps endured unspeakable horror, yet their determination to live at all costs gave them the soul to make it.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager who takes on the undeserved guilt of being Hitler's victim.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I really liked that each of the main characters were narrated by a different person. It made it sound like individual stories.
Who was the most memorable character of Lilac Girls and why?
the medical code is - First do no harm- I don't know if this in true in Hitler's Germany, but she struggles with sexism while denying her own prejudices.
Any additional comments?
The author combines just enough fiction with historical facts to provide depth to the story. I really liked the author's notes about the real "Rabbits."
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
This book is unputdownable. It is based on facts. The author really has a great insight into the lives of prisoners in the different camps. Overall a brilliant story, well told.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This could have been a brilliant book but for me Caroline's narrations let it down. I found her story dull and her character selfish and boring.
Especailly compared to the other two - Herta and Kasia- who's stories were compelling and in depth.
The performance of the book can not be faulted. The German and Polish accents were terrific and I think I definitely benefited from listening to it rather than reading it myself.
Worth the read.
Having first thought this was purely fictional I was blown away by the truth. Harrowing, haunting and inspirational, this story captures all of ones emotions.
The girls of ravensbruck must always be remembered for their sheer will to survive.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, such a great book.Sad but beautiful story
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
They make you feel you are listening to the characters in the book.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
My heart broke at times, but such strong women
1 of 1 people found this review helpful