It's World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss...ultimately, it's one woman's story of survival.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Catatonic patients at a mental hospital.
What could Christoph Fischer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Create a more believable heroine. Ludwigia come across as a dim wit who is doomed to make all the wrong choices so that the author can insert her narrative into a high school world history book.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tessa Petersen?
Daffy Duck could have done a better job. The narrator is flat, unemotional and boring. If I could have rated it zero, I would have.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
I just don't understand how this book got so many high ratings. There is nothing new, inventive or thought provoking here,
What disappointed you about Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle to Survive in Nazi Germany?
The narrator was terrible! I got the kindle version for free and the audio was $2.99 with it. Wish I'd listened to the sample first! I tried to read the kindle version and it was just superficial and lacked any real depth or feeling.
What was most disappointing about Christoph Fischer’s story?
I've read many Holocaust and World War II stories, both true and fiction and that time was deeply emotional for all involved. This book just did not capture any of that. The main character feels forced to go off with a German soldier that she cares nothing for and leaves her daughter behind, which doesn't seem to upset her much either. I couldn't even finish the kindle version and couldn't even begin the audio version after I heard the narrator.
Would you be willing to try another one of Tessa Petersen’s performances?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
The total lack of depth to the story was dissapointing.
Any additional comments?
Don't even bother with this one.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I became engrossed in this woman's life. What choices would I have made? How can men be so cruel? Why did it take so long for the world to come to their rescue!