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The Lost

A Search for Six of Six Million
Lu par : Bronson Pinchot
Durée : 22 h et 19 min
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In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic - part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work - that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.

The Lost begins as the story of a boy who grew up in a family haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the Holocaust - an unmentionable subject that gripped his imagination from earliest childhood. Decades later, spurred by the discovery of a cache of desperate letters written to his grandfather in 1939 and tantalized by fragmentary tales of a terrible betrayal, Daniel Mendelsohn sets out to find the remaining eyewitnesses to his relatives' fates. That quest eventually takes him to a dozen countries on four continents and forces him to confront the wrenching discrepancies between the histories we live and the stories we tell. And it leads him, finally, back to the small Ukrainian town where his family's story began and where the solution to a decades-old mystery awaits him.

Deftly moving between past and present, interweaving a world-wandering odyssey with childhood memories of a now-lost generation of immigrant Jews and provocative ruminations on biblical texts and Jewish history, The Lost transforms the story of one family into a profound, morally searching meditation on our fragile hold on the past. Deeply personal, grippingly suspenseful, and beautifully written, this literary tour de force illuminates all that is lost, and found, in the passage of time.

©2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Gillian
  • 14/08/2016

Exquisite Narration, Breathtakingly Heartfelt Book

This book from a man, a scholar and Classicist, who has spent his life looking back, who travels the world to find the stories of his uncle, aunt, wife and four daughters, reads like a memoir, a detective story, a moral fable, even a romance. It is well-paced and engaging to the point that I put my life on hold just to keep finding out: And then what?
Everyone becomes a fully fleshed-out person: the lost; the old man in Poland who remembers, "The whole town was talking about it; the bodies were there the next day;" the woman in Australia who remembers it all but will die if she has to talk on record; all the way to Mendelsohn himself whose memories range from the childlike to the full-blown, in-your-face.
There are what seem to be digressions for stories from the Torah, from history, from Greek tragedies, but all come to a point. The summations are so beautiful, and the relevance so pointed that they are beyond moving. Simply stunning. Simply lovely.
And Pinchot gives voice to it all, the love, the frustration and anguish, the chuckles and joy. No, really, I mean it. This is the most dramatic, most perfectly nuanced performance I've comes across all year. And trust me, I'm an audio-fanatic. I listen to books like it's the air I breathe.
Brilliant book. The re-imagining of what happened to 16 year old Ruchele will make you cry.
And you'll be grateful to bring her to life for at least that moment. Because despite the horror, at least she was breathing.
She was alive.

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  • Ellen Marie Murphy
  • 14/05/2018

Outstanding

This was a truly engaging story. Not just a story though, but stories within stories. So many times, we like the author, think we've learned the last important thing to know, but it is not until the last sentence of the post-script that we truly learn all there is to know. Every word, every sentence has meaning.

The narrator is Bronson Pinchot--outstanding! He brings to life each character and his accents are spot-on! (I had a grandmother from the Ukraine). I think I would not have had the same experience if I had read the book myself, as he smoothly pronounces each "foreign" name and word with such smoothness. Perhaps even more importantly is the genuine emotion he brings to the written word.

This book was an amazing experience!

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  • Adam Taintor
  • 04/05/2018

Beautiful.

Beautiful story and so expertly told. I have never been moved so completely as by this narration.

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  • Jeffrey D. Melvoin
  • 02/11/2018

A Transcendent Experience

This is beautifully written, deeply moving book brought vividly to life by Bronson Pinchot who makes it a remarkable listening experience. Pinchot doesn't merely narrate the book, he inhabits it, rendering all of its complexity, drama, humor, erudition, and mystery with breathtaking dexterity and heartbreaking tenderness. Couldn't recommend it more. A life-changing book.

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  • Rogerm
  • 26/06/2018

A harrowing account of the holocaust

This beautifully written account of the holocaust and the impact it had on the survivors and their families left me emotionally drained.
It was so beautifully read, one could only believe that it had the same effect on the reader.
If this was the effect this story had on me as a gentile I can’t imagine its impact on a Jew.
May we never relive such terrible times.
Thank you for book.

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  • Su T Fitterman
  • 03/06/2018

An incredible, riveting story read by a master

This story. This story! I read the book years ago and tried to get everyone I knew to read it, but the narration by Bronson Pinchot makes this a masterpiece. This is a story of family, of the Holocaust, of adventure, of memory, of horror, of amazement, of journeys, of tragedy, of redemption. Daniel Mendelson, thank you. You have made my life richer.

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  • Penny I. Griffith
  • 29/05/2018

Awesome story! Awesome reader!

Hard to describe how moving and absorbing I experienced this book, author and reader. Extraordinary.

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  • EJ
  • 29/04/2018

Best audible book ever!

This was truly the best book I’ve listened to in the many years I’ve been listening to audiobooks. The story was well constructed to keep the listener engaged throughout. The author’s passion for investigating the subject matter made it so compelling. And the performance of the reader was truly extraordinary.

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  • Helen
  • 21/03/2018

i wanna see the pictures in the book!!!!!!!

I wanna see the pictures!!! how do I do that when the book is Audible?

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  • Kelly Paleczny
  • 07/12/2017

Amazing!

One of the best books I've stumbled across in a long time. Excellent reading, as well.