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The Book of Lost Names

Auteur(s): Kristin Harmel
Narrateur(s): Madeleine Maby
Durée: 10 h et 50 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 évaluations)

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Description

Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the best-selling author of the "epic and heart-wrenching World War II tale" (number one New York Times best-selling author Alyson Noel), The Winemaker’s Wife.

Lina Meisel, a retired librarian in Florida, is reading the newspaper one morning when she freezes. Her eyes lock on a photograph of a book she hasn’t seen in 65 years - a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II - an experience Lina remembers well - and the search to reunite people with the texts stolen from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an 18th century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Stadtbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from - or what the code means. Only Lina holds the answer - but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

As a graduate student in 1942, Lina was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the shadow of the Alps, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémi, Lina decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémi disappears.

A gripping, heartfelt novel reminiscent of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice Network, The Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.

©2020 Kristin Harmel Lietz (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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struggled to finish

I struggled to finish The Book of Lost Names. The premise is terrific but I found the writing style predictable. Sadly the narrator's performance was poor which compounded the problem. Overall I was very disappointed.

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Great Book

I loved the story and the narrator was awesome.

I will definitely seek out more of her books.

I would have liked to know though if they were able to find some of the children from the Book of Lost Names.

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  • Jennifer Wallace
  • 2020-07-24

The story itself was good.

Not a fan of the writing or the narration but the story was interesting.

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  • Trisha L Forsythe
  • 2020-08-02

Wow!

I would recommend to anyone. Heart warmer heart wrenching and certainly a tear jerker! Wow is all I have!

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  • MIKKI HINES
  • 2020-08-01

Great Story

I loved this book. There is a parallel to what happened in WWII France and what is going on in America today. The story is both sad and heartwarming. Get this book. You'll thoroughly enjoy it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-30

Loved this story!

This story of a brave young woman during times of war captivated me at the beginning and held me until the end. It brought to me a question- “How brave would I be if faced with the same persecution as the Jews?”

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-30

A must read!

I loved every part if this story. It gave me a vivid sense of what it must have been like to live through WWII in France. Great character development. The narrator also was amazing.

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  • KAM
  • 2020-07-28

Good story despite some flaws

Some eye rolling moments throughout when the protagonist does things that someone of her intelligence wouldn’t do. Actions don’t fit the character. And hard to buy the mom’s act sometimes too. And then some slightly cringey moments too. But “page turning” nevertheless.

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  • Judy
  • 2020-07-28

Heart warming

This book is very heart warming. It takes you into a world of heart break and love in time of war. I think it would be a great read for young adults or adults.
The narration was excellent. The narrator put so much feeling into the story and you can feel the pain and happiness of each character. I will listen to this book again.

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  • Richard Palais
  • 2020-07-28

A super romantic novel.

Yes, you can often pretty much guess the impossible events that will unfold to turn expected tragedy into happy endings, but it still was able to bring tears of happiness to my eyes at the final romantic finish.

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  • nina snyder
  • 2020-07-27

Is this a movie it should be

This book was riveting and so amazing. This should be a movie. It’s an amazing story!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-26

A Must Read...

Congratulations, Kristin Harmel, on your beautiful new book, I really enjoyed it. This is a book of multiple human emotions with hope and love ever lasting. Enjoy.