During the Holocaust at the German concentration camp near Plaszow, thousands of Jews lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis. More than a thousand others were spared thanks to a womanizing, heavy-drinking, German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member named Oskar Schindler. One of the most remarkable narratives of the Holocaust, Schindler's List masterfully recreates the daring exploits of Schindler, who used his enormous fortune to build a factory near the concentration camp and his influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews. It is an absorbing, suspenseful, and moving account of Schindler's legacy of life.
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Breathtaking, gritty, spellbinding
The fact it is a true story you can visualise it happening
His voice captures you
"Abridged books just don't cut it!"
Have met Schindler survivors and visited his grave, so was looking forward to listening to the book, but I should have known that I wouldn't get involved in an abridged book. Too much was left out. Will have to wait for an complete version of Schindler's Ark or have the time to read the book.
"Would be perfect..."
... if unabridged! Kingsly blew this out of the water! Goose bumps, tears, pounding heart- he made me feel it.
"A True Hero"
When confronted with danger, most people will shy away but Schindler did not and not only did he not shy away but he risked everything to save as many people as he could during the Holocaust and no matter how many times I hear this story I can't help but get goosebumps and chills. He was such a great hero and his deeds will forever be remembered by the entire families for every one of the thousands of people he saved. Making this book that much better, Kingsley does a great job as the narrator. It's hard to say this, but this book could actually be better than the classic movie starring Liam Neeson, who was nominated for an Oscar for his outstanding portrayal of the late great Oskar Schindler. Also, I really enjoyed the ending of this book and how Schindler made out following WW!!.Found that to be very interesting and something that I definitely did not know beforehand.
Two thumbs up and highly recommended!!
"Abridged too far"
Having read the actual book, the abridged version seems to have left out a considerable amount of story lines that were needed in my opinion to be left in.
Yes, as long as it was not an abridged reading
None really stand out above any other
It was Schindler's List which is a fantastic story in itself.
This would have been a great listen unabridged
I've not seen the movie so this was my first exposure to the story of Oscar Schindler and the Jews of Krakow. The story's slow buildup is what sticks in my mind. No one in Krakow new, of course, what was going to happen. Each new regulation (Jews can't have more than xxx marks in their bank account) was greeted with a kind of resignation -- maybe this one will be the last. The tale is told with a neutral tone that only increases the feelings in the reader of foreboding, shock, and sadness. This book, more than any other, reveals the beurocratic nature of the holocaust, and how it used the existing government and industrial system, of ordinay people, to follow an agenda of madness.
"We are all capable of cruelty and compassion"
Thomas Keneally always has a message and a challenge for his readers. The challenge here is to acknowledge that all of us are capable of cruelty and compassion. The challenge for all of us is to find that middle road so that at our death they may say of us "he was a good man".
"Powerful book, powerless audio book"
I had high hopes for this one as well, knowing the towering achievement of a movie based on this book. However, the reader, Ben Kingsley, should stick to acting and leave the audio books to someone who cares more about what he's doing. Simply put, I thought he did a terrible job reading this book. No vocal inflection to indicate changing moods and themes, very little personalization of individual characters, no vocal anything, just one monotone. I had to shut it off because it was making me so sleepy. I cannot recommend this audio book unless as a cure for insomnia.
Powerfully written. Perfect performance. I only wish there were an unabridged version available. The writing captures the horror and strength of the victims and the doggedness of Schindler's efforts to protect them.
"One of my all time favorites."
On my son's birthday, April 28, I am usually reminded the he shares a birthdays with Oskar Schindler who was born on April 28, 1908, and under the guise of a forced labor camp, was able to protect and feed at least 1200 Jews from almost certain death at the hands of the Nazi death camps. I reread this book about every two years, as a reminder of how powerful, hateful people can corrupt an entire society. Today we have seen this same type of hate rise with ISIS, in Africa, in Serbia and anywhere where good people allow themselves to be brainwashed into believing that building fences and defaming our less fortunate breathren will bring about a better world. It won't and the flames of the Nazi funeral pyres are a reminder, that even today, even in this country it can happen again.
Remember that Adolf Hitler was Elected by the people in a free election.
"it was better than Jurassic Park 2. aka it was ok."
naration was good for a book with little dialogue but still felt very boring. I recommend reading the book rather than just plain listening to it unless your lazy like me.
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