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Milton Gold is a fringe operating "hustling lawyer", barely making it in the cutthroat chaos of 1970s New York City. His world is suddenly turned inside out when he meets the mysterious and beautiful Karla Smith, a Polish-American woman, who approaches him with an assignment that will test his skills beyond anything he has ever experienced. Karla hires him to find what he thinks will lead to his biggest payout yet: her inheritance of 100 million dollars in gold coins hidden by her banker father from the Nazis during World War II.
Despite his skepticism, he joins Karla in a fantastic, dangerous, and adventurous trek through communist-dominated Europe to Auschwitz where the treasure has been hidden in an unsuspecting place. Milton and Karla discover things along the way that profoundly change their relationship and ultimately test their moral view of the world and society. Balanced with humor and tragedy, Heart of Gold explores the brutality of life behind the iron curtain and the boundaries of morality during the darkest days of the Cold War.
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By Kimberly Smith on 08-08-17
It took a few chapters for me to get involved in this book. It got better once the action picked up but I still didn't find either of the main characters all that likable. It's a good book but IMO doesn't hold a candle to "The War of the Roses".
Steve Ogden's performance is SUPERB! I don't think I would've finished the book if it hadn't been for his absolutely outstanding narration. I will definitely pick up anything he narrates!
I received a free review audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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By Bill Beaulac on 08-05-17
International intrigue at its best
Here is an example of book in which the audible version has to be better than reading the printed version. The narration by Steve Ogden is incredible as he nails so many different foreign accents. In a story full of international intrigue, spanning 3 continents and numerous countries, and characters from all walks of life from spies, to inn-keepers, to holocaust survivors, to innocent passersby; Ogden gives them all individual voices. In fact, there is an in-depth interview at the conclusion of the novel with the narrator where he explains the intricacies of the performance; in and of itself it is worth the listen.
As for the content of the story, the publisher's summary in spot on in describing what the tale is about. The characters and plot are well developed and, to the best of my recollection, there are no loose ends come the end of the listen. Although this is a fictional account going back to the days of the Cold War and further to Nazi Germany, this is a historically accurate account of the scenarios faced by a couple of different generations. The fact is that the story is not very far off from being able to be an actual accounting of real scenario. Without spoiling the story, there is a portion of the book where the main characters end up touring Auschwitz that is led by a survivor of the camp and the description of events are well documented. Although horrifying, they serve to explain why the significance of the search by one woman into her father's memories.
I would highly recommend this listen to all that enjoy the genre of international intrigue and suspense. Those that have never delved into such books would be well served by listening to this one to get started. As for any the enjoy post WWII and Cold War novels I would say this is a MUST have; well worth the credit or purchase price. I dare say that this is one of the few books that I will be listening to again as the story and especially the narration really work.
A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
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By MCR. on 07-28-17
When I started to listen to this audio book I had no idea it was about the holocaust. As a second generation jewess who lost all her family except her mother this story is very meaningful. Warren Adler has written an amazing powerful and very disturbing story. Steve Ogden did an amazing job of bringing the character's to life. His portrayal of a secular Yiddish speaking Jew was amazingly accurate if he is not one of us. I commend him and thank him for his sensitivity. As an Orthodox Jew myself I think choosing a non observant character for Milton was absolutely the right choice, it really worked. He looked and acted like everyone else so he fitted in. Karla was hard to like, even at the end I still felt that way. I never could fathom what Milton saw in her? Her father sickened me and made me ashamed. I loathed all the players in this end game except Milton who I felt was a soft touch, a "Nebech" all still hating my people as if no time at all had passed. No spoilers from me, but the outcome pleased me. I am very glad I listened to this story even with a heavy heart because it really is memorable and the author is outstanding.