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Fiction or Nonfiction?!

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Reviewed: 31-05-20

A really good story and with so many apparently authentic references it was difficult to imagine how much was fiction and how much reality!!

Good story but Contrived End.

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Reviewed: 19-05-20

I liked the story and got into it from the start, but I felt the end was very contrived and disappointingly obvious!

A story that needs to be told.

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Reviewed: 26-01-20

Moving and many times almost too painful to listen to but a wonderful recording of history that we must hear and learn, wrapped in some fiction to aid in our listening and in our remembering.

It needed more than one narrator I feel.

The best story on the subject I have ever heard.

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Reviewed: 26-01-20

I have heard and read many books on the suject of the second World War and in particular what happend to the Jewish people, but I have never heard it from an Italian perspective.
This story, on a true life, was the best I have ever heard. It was so well presented from the start when the main character was described, enjoying his carefree teenage life and having little care for what was to come upon his country.
As he was faced with the horrors of war and death I felt we were taken with him through that cruel awaking to life's realities in all their harshness and saw the development of a man and a hero.
It was written beautifully with great descriptions of both wonder and horror, love and hatred, that clearly conveyed the complexity of the human struggle in a conflicted situation.
It was thrilling and tense, exciting and at times funny, poignant and movingly passionate and of course in places very sad.
Thank-you Mark Sullivan for writing such a masterpiece and to Will Damron for bringing it alive.

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 26-12-19

Ive seen the film and I thought hearing the audible version would be a bit of a let down...but no such thing!
It was wonderfully enacted through the voices of the characters bringing them and the story to life and taking the listener to the deep South of 60's America.
I felt every feeling! Disgust at the attiudes of the white women, anguish at the pain and suffering of the black people, fearing with them in case their bravery was discovered and cheering with them in tears as they dared to stand with truth and began to triumph.

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 23-10-19

All the way through this book was excellent listening. An original well constructed story.

A work of harrowing brilliance.

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Reviewed: 11-09-19

I have just finished this book and feel bereft and yet relieved to have done so. I feel bereft of the characters and their stories that were so absorbing and inspiring and relieved because the content of the stories were so harrowing at times I could hardly bear to go on and hear more. Knowing that this story had obviously been well researched so that although the characters were fictitious the historical events of the concentration camps were not, made it all the more compelling....I felt a duty to the memory of the women represented here to carry on listening to the very end.
I also had to listen to the end knowing, or hoping at least, that some justice would be done. Not, tragically in the events of the holocaust but with the more present day situation of the character Miriam and her abusive controlling husband. I willed her on to the end, holding my breath and longing for her to take charge of her life. I also longed for her to be heard and understood rather than being judged by other men and her husband's lies believed.
I discovered at the end, in the interviews with the Author and narrators, that this is Anna Ellory's first book!....I am in awe of her and if I ever met her I would tell her that this is MASTERPIECE of LITERATURE and should become one of the most important books in libraries across the World. It reaches to all levels from teens to elderly and if it was made into a film I would not hesitate to see it but with a huge box of tissues and no chocolates!!

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Most Moving

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Reviewed: 01-09-19

This is one of the most moving stories I have ever listened to. I was sure it was a true story and hearing the authors explanation at the end, of why and how she had written the book was confirmation that every part was true of someone, all expertly woven into the characters of the book so that something of a whole, rather than a part could be heard and understood
I was, at times so immersed in the story that I felt as though I was there and had to leave the story for periods of time so that I could re-engage with my own existence. It was definitely not an easy listen but on the other hand it was totally compelling.

Thank-you Christy, for telling something ot the story that we do not hear on the news or see in the many people around us who are here in our towns and cities, trying to live their lives and wait...to see if in this strange land they may be able to feel safe.

A Brilliant piece of True Writing

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Reviewed: 25-08-19

This book appealed to me because it had very distant similarities with my own upbringing. As I listened, the story took me further from my own experiences and deeply into Tara's struggle that was so poignant and so well described I could imagine myself there, even though I have had absolutely no experience of the harsh and crazy life she was describing. This story held me from beginning to end and I had to check on two occasions that it was actually true rather than based on truth, as it was so dreadful. But it was also, sadly possible and a variation of stories heard in different countries and different eras again and again.
I was so pleased that in the end Tara broke free and began to write and to live her own story of her life as it had been and how it would be from here on.

Brilliant from beginning to end!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-19

Excellent writing, good story and lovely Scottish accent narration made it very easy listening.....Good ending with everything tied up!