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Schindler's List

Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: History, Second World War
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Summary

The acclaimed best-selling classic of Holocaust literature, winner of the Booker Prize and the inspiration for the classic film Schindler's List

In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them he became a saviour. A stunning novel based on the extraordinary true story of German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler, who came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. 

In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally, author of Daughter of Mars, uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden - Schindler’s Jews - to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil.

©2017 Thomas Keneally (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Great story

Loved this version very harrowing at times truly remarkable story. Well read would highly recommend

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Brilliant!

Excellent book very factual and fascinating to listen to, the reader was clear when reading it.

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Michael

A moving indictment of the depth of depravity that some members of the human race are capable but also testimony to the bravery and kindness of an individual.

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very poor narration

I tried and tried but gave up half-way through. I could only understand four out of five words and it eventually became hard work trying to piece the words together to make sense. I also found the lists of names, giving necessary authenticity, slowed down the novel.

It is understandable that the novel achieved high acclaim and serves to remind us of a particularly brutal and barbaric time in recent history. Personally, whilst listening, I found some consolation for all the suffering by the thought that Israel was founded by the end of that decade but I stray into politics.

Schindler is a an amazing character and I will probably return to this book to see what happens.

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Gripping story...and great narration

This is a most moving story, not spoiled by having seen the film in the 90’s; and I’d wonder about the experience of the reader who encountered the material for the first time. Oskar Schindler, speculator and saviour is an undeniable hero who rescues Jews from the Nazi machine at great personal risk, though also carries some ambiguity as a profiteer.
Although the dialogue is partly fictionalised, it’s crucial to the flow of this true historical account, and is gripping and compulsive.
I really enjoyed the novelty of an Australian narrator, appropriate in view of the author and his excellent pronunciation of Polish, Hebrew and German really contributed to the authenticity.

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so much more then just a film

tough topic but very well written so pleased it was written true to the survivors own words and so very well read
thank you

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An excellent listen

Loved it. Difficult subject but thoughtfully broached. Narration top drawer! Going to watch the film again.

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Good but drags a little

Schindler's list is definitely a must read for everybody. not only for the elements of the story and the characters but because it is a very good account of the second world war from the perspective of the persecuted.

the only thing I didn't enjoy with this audiobook where's that I felt sometimes it went on into unnecessary detail occasionally, and it seemed as if the narrator was reading it as if he'd ended a sentence but then carried on as if it was a new sentence but was actually finishing the last sentence. but these instances were very few and far between.

overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it genuinely spurred me to look into the events in history of the second world war and the people who were involved.



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Excellent

Watched the film but the book gives us more insight into Oskars character and life, narrator good as well.

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Lest we forget

This was a tough listen not just because of the story but the amount of detail. This is be expected though as it is not a novel but a highly factual account of a very dark time in history. I feel it is a book that needs to be heard/read by all. 'lest we forget'