Stephen 'Pista' Nasser was 13 years old when the Nazis whisked him and his family away from their home in Hungary to Auschwitz. His memories of that terrifying experience are still vivid, and his love for his brother Andris still brings a husky tone to his voice when he remembers the terrible ordeal they endured together. Stephen's account of the Holocaust, told in the refreshingly direct and optimistic language of a young boy, will help every listener to understand that the Holocaust was real, and that, if you have enough love, determination, and will power, there is always a better tomorrow!
©2003 Stephen Nasser, Sherry Rosenthal, and Stephens Press (P)2013 Stephens Press
Holistic Health Coach and Teacher
I loved how the story was written. But I didn't always like the narrator's voice in the dialogues. And I would have like him to actually know how words are pronounced in Hungarian. And especially the names of the people and the city of Budapest.
I don't normally give 5 stars as that would make the book perfect. However, this is one of the few narrative stories I just could not put down, so is deserving 5 stars? In 1943 the Nazis invaded Hungary. This true story tells of how a13 year old survived hard labour, starvation, brutality, seeing family murdered and his hero brothers death. Using inner strength and his brother voice he managed to move on with his life to tell his story.
I don't like how the story is narrated. It feels like west side story style acting which doesn't fit this book at all.
Haven't finished it unfortunately
Perhaps for a lighthearted story
After reading many holocaust memoirs, I'm sure the that the story itself is a worthy read
I didn't enjoy the author interview at the end of the book.
Only if the subject was interesting enough to overcome my preference to avoid this narrator.
Yes. I'm always reading as much as I can about this period in history and enjoy hearing from all perspectives. However, this is not a title I would read again.
It is not for me to make any form of judgement about the story presented. However, some parts of the story appeared to me to be rather incredible. I realise that it was an extroadinary time and situation.
I'm afraid I grew weary of the repeated Self-praise.
"Heartbreaking Journey through a Survival Story..."
I can't say enough about this book. Sad that it takes a story like this to put life into perspective....but my toughest days do not come close. I find it especially heartwarming to hear Mr. Nasser's comments about the United States and how he wants to emigrate here. It makes me especially proud and very thankful to have been fortunate to be born in a country where I am free by all accounts of the word. No regrets in purchasing this audio book and highly recommend it.
This was an incredible story. The emotion, yet the emphasis on positive in such a hard time. Loved it!!
"Deeply moving account of a Holocaust survivor"
I think I would say this is the BEST biography I have ever EVER read. Absolutely awe inspiring account of a young boy during the Holocaust. I have read and reread and listened to it on audible. I have passed it around and those who have read it say similar things
My son's father an Hungarian Jew he lost his entire family in wwii in Auswich . This is a very graphic true story; I had to put it down sometimes because it's so sad.
"A good book ruined by terrible narration."
I can't think of anyone to whom I would recommend this book through Audible. As is to be expected of any book detailing personal experience in the Holocaust, this one is painful and very disturbing. Its downfall is completely in the narrator. This man simply did not have a feel for the content. I tried to listen to it several times, and finally just gave up, because I could not get past the narrator's poor inflection and general interpretation of the text. His intonation and expression were completely and perpetually out of sync with the words he was reading. I would have exchanged the book if I could have, but it was not eligible for return. Therefore, I must consider this as $$ lost, and will get the book from the library to read. Don't waste your $$ on it here.
The narrator of a book with such heavy subject matter needs to have a feel for what he is reading. Tragic occurrences and very painful experiences should be read only by someone who has empathy for the plight of the writer.
"Important story but written without details"
No. The story was written like a TV serial - very episodic with no details to knit the story together. The best part of the entire audiobook was the 15 minute interview with the author at the end. However, the person interviewing seemed inept but Stephen Nasser was great. The narrator was reading the book like it was a Lassie episode - full of exclamations, child-like not conveying the serious side of the holocaust. I thought at first the narrator was a woman and was confused as to the main characters gender.
Not the right book for him to narrate.
I would choose another holocaust survivor book - there are many wonderful ones.
I wasn't able to get past the narrator's voice! Otherwise, it was a truly harrowing story worth the listen.
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