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    The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival. 

    There have been many books about the Holocaust - and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive - not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also - almost unbelievably - a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight, and he determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story - their story - will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances. 

    Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story. 

    ©2018 Heather Morris (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    • Valentina Ancilotti
    • 04/03/2018

    Thank you

    A moving story.... a marvellous voice to give it new life. Thanks to Ms Morris and to Richard Armitage. And to Lale and Gita.

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    • Anna E.
    • 21/02/2018

    Recording Technical Issues are distracting

    What disappointed you about The Tattooist of Auschwitz?

    While I love hearing RCA perform in audio books (David Copperfield is the best),the quality of this recording is jarring and interrupts the flow of the story. It seems as if two or three different recording sessions were cobbled together to make the final cut, but you can hear the change in recording levels, the change in RCA's voice (one segment strong and clear, the next segment raspy and farther away from the mic). This is noticeable from one paragraph to the next, sometimes one sentence to the next. I've not noticed this issue with any other Audible book, so not sure what happened this time. But you Quality Control Dept or Recording Engineers need to listen before they release.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lale, he did what had to be done in order to survive

    What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

    Always love his performances, but the aforementioned technical issues were messy and made listening less enjoyable.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I guess I'm inured to holocaust stories. My mom was a nurse in the 3rd Army stationed in Munich in WWII. She was one of the first groups to go into Dachau, I heard her stories and saw her photos all my life. So, at least in this story, there was a "happy" ending, they lived.

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    • Rachel Maritz
    • 22/04/2019

    Disappointed by the narration

    I was so distracted by the narrator that I did not enjoy the book as much as I could. The narrator’s pitch and tone vary so much, it sounds like some parts have been inserted afterwards. The difference in tone and pitch is not related to the different characters, but occurs frequently and sometimes in a single narrative paragraph. In chapter 24 it sounds like the word/name ‘Lale’ has been inserted afterwards due to the change in pitch and tempo. I counted this about 8 times and then stopped counting. The quality of the narration was very disappointing. I will now buy the book and rather read it myself.

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    • cwooden
    • 24/02/2018

    Audio quality is not the best.

    What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

    I bought this book because Richard Armitage was the narrator but the quality was sub-par in the editing. Very inconsistent voice tone and quality.

    Any additional comments?

    I'm not going to add anything more about the story because it is amazing. I do want to comment on the audio quality. Normally I love Richard Armitage as a narrator but this reading often sounded like they patched together different reading sessions. The quality is inconsistent and it's aurally disruptive and annoying to the story when the narrator's voice changes frequently, sometimes from sentence to sentence. Audible usually has much better quality products and this one was very recently recorded so it's doubly disappointing.

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    • Gillian
    • 21/02/2018

    What?!? Only 3 Stars For Richard Armitage? Yes...

    Don't get me wrong--generally, Armitage absolutely elevates prose to dizzying heights, and when I saw he was to be the narrator of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, I was thrilled.
    Uhm, no.
    The book is fraught with tragedy, has tenderness, has passion, but Armitage delivers it all in the same ponderous, oh so ponderous, tones. I had to speed the whole thing up to x1.25-x1.5 speed as what sensitivity there was within the text is lost in such slooooow and serious reading. He does well with accents, well with dialogue, but for the most part... ouch!
    And this is very much an Ouch-ish kind of book. Lale and Gita have nothing, no power of choice, little dignity; all they have is each other in horrific circumstances. They live moment to moment, never knowing when the SS will come for them. Never knowing when they can laugh, when they can kiss. The book depicts the terrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau quite well, the determination to just get through each day, surviving at all costs--even if that means "defiling" your fellow human being with tattoos that turn a person into a number rather than a name (but don't worry--Lale shows his humanity in numerous other ways).
    While a good book, I don't think it merits 5-stars as it's fairly easy to put down/put away for a time, and I'm very much into cover-to-cover listens.
    Maybe it was Armitage (whom I would still gladly listen to in another work), maybe it was a certain dryness of the text. I don't know.
    I'm glad I listened to it, but I wish it had been more engaging...

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    • Caron
    • 22/02/2018

    dreadful narration

    I listened to Kate Quinn ..The Alice Network.. absolutely brilliant, so downloaded this one. The story summary looked great, but the narration is appalling... I've given up.

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    • BonBon
    • 22/02/2018

    Extremely Moving

    I have read many books about the Holocaust, but this one moved me more than any other on the subject that I can remember. Thank you, Heather Morris, for this book.

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    • Alesha Harley
    • 02/04/2021

    Fantastic Narrator

    Fantastic Narrator and a gripping true story. Very well written. I would recommend this read

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    • Anonymous User
    • 29/10/2020

    Great story

    I love stories about the Holocaust. You must read this book or listen to on audiobook. A great story about love and the Holocaust. This story was really interesting can't wait to read the sequel.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 18/10/2020

    Well written, captivating story

    The comments made by other readers about the audio issues may be true but the story was still enthralling and deeply moving. Would highly recommend this book!

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    • Elizabeth Bennet
    • 22/02/2018

    Great story, gripping narration!

    Just finished this impressive audiobook! Thank you, Heather Morris, for a sensitive portrait of experiences so frightening one can hardly believe they once happened which makes it even more important to report the stories of a witness and survivor! "Zeitzeugen" as we call them in German are immensely important to keep up the memory and prevent such horrid political and inhuman conditions in future.
    I especially loved the technique of narration shifting perspectives abruptly. Kudos, Richard Armitage!

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    • Mohnfrau
    • 11/03/2018

    struggle in strange times - perfectly written

    Auf welchen Platz würden Sie The Tattooist of Auschwitz auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

    definitiv place 1.

    Welcher Moment von The Tattooist of Auschwitz ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

    The time in Ausschwitz. It was such a strange and shocking time but the author describes it without to much drama.

    Hat Ihnen Richard Armitage an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

    I would not have read the book if he wouldn't read it. I like his way of reading very much. I am happy to have found this pearl of a book through him.

    Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

    The book is very moving. It is the first time I thought about the people that lived for a long time in a concentration camp. I never imagined how life must be there. and even that love and friendship could grow there.

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    Even as it plays in hard times it is interesting and nice to listen to.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 07/03/2018

    Tolles HörBuch ABER...

    Die Geschichte ist bewegend und spannend, Richard als Sprecher wird dem Buch mehr als gerecht.
    ABER: die Bearbeitung ist weniger gelungen. Man hört seltsame Schnitte und Veränderungen im Sound/Stimme. Ich kann nur vermuten woran es liegt. Es stört ein wenig den Hörfluss da es auch innerhalb von einem Satz vorkommt.
    Das geht doch besser.
    Man gewöhnt sich im Laufe des Zuhörens etwas daran, ist aber schade und sollte nicht passieren.

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    • Geraldene Schonken
    • 16/06/2021

    Story well told

    Good read. The story flows, and there's a lot to absorb. Sure put's one's own life into perspective. It is a chance to see through a prisoner's eyes about the happenings at the consentration camps.

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    • Emma290497
    • 10/05/2021

    An amazing book and an outstanding performer - BUT

    Among the many, many books dealing with the Third Reich, Auschwitz and the systematic murder of Jews in that time, "The Tatooist" is something special... not only for the fact that it tells a true story, but the struggle of people incarcerated in the most vile of places imaginable and doing everything - literally everything - to survive - and owning up to it.

    I have rarely read - and heard - a story that moved me as much.

    Richard Armitage is a brilliant performer and every single audiobook done by him is a treat. He has an exceptional voice that's easy to listen to and manages to convey the emotions of the characters without over-acting.

    I saw an interview some time back, where he received an award, and was talking about the recording of this particular audio book as well... The point was that he had to re-record sequences, since in first performing them he got too emotional and his aim was to make the listener feel it, but not feel it for them.

    This is were the overall 3-star-rating comes from. Bolinda has done a terrible job editing / putting together this audiobook!

    Whichever story Richard reads, it's a a pleasure to listen to, but they messed this one up - right in the middle of the sentence different recordings are mixed together - the tone of voice changes, switches back to the previous one, and back again - the tonality is very different - possibly more emotional - for a word or two and thus for me, totally disrupts the flow of the storyline. I notice this more than the actual words spoken and involuntarily keep concentrating on it, waiting for the next "hiccup".

    If this had been done chapter-wise, it would still have been noticable put probably not as disruptive as it is in the way Bolinda did it.

    It's a real shame, since this could have been a true master piece.


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    • SaartjieB
    • 03/05/2020

    Superb narration and gripping story

    Richard Armitage has a voice that is an absolute dream to listen to, and the soft tone of his voice so perfectly suits the tone of the story.

    An moving story which was so easy to listen to for hours on end, despite the heaviness of it. Will definitely re-listen to this.

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    • B. Sautter
    • 04/12/2018

    Historically incorrect, sadly a missed opportunity

    Unfortunately this is a missed opportunity at giving an accurate insight into what it meant to be a prisoner at a KL such as Auschwitz. The "love story" obviously was more important than historical fact. Learn more about the inaccuracies here: "Given the number of factual errors, therefore, this book cannot be recommended as a valuable title for persons who want to explore and understand the history of KL Auschwitz."https://view.joomag.com/memoria-en-no-14-11-2018/0766192001543510530/p6?short

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 30/04/2018

    Enjoyed this Book

    Good story, tastefully written. I think the reader/performer was probably good; he certainly had a nice voice, but the recording was bad. It sounded like it had been spliced together from many different readings. Despite this I enjoyed the book very much.