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A MUST read/listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-10-26

What an incredible story of survival and strength and determination! What Nadia went through is beyond words; my heart breaks when I think about the horrors and atrocities she and the Yezidi (sorry if the spelling is incorrect) went through. I truly pray for healing for those who have suffered under ISIS control, and I pray that those involved will be brought to justice.

A well written, beautiful story about love, sacrifice and family

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Reviewed: 2019-07-10

A powerful and beautiful story about love and sacrifice during WWII. I must say, I thought this book was good initially (and by ‘good’ I mean ‘average’). A lot of stories have been written about families/couples/survivors of WWII so I was initially skeptical about what would make this book different from the others I’ve read/listened to (please don’t take me as insensitive, I am merely stating a fact). The overlapping stories between the grandma and granddaughter was done well; I did, however, find that the chapters ended abruptly and awkwardly. It’s one thing to leave on a cliffhanger, but I felt at times that some of the chapters ended mid-thought. However, the twist toward the end was not at all expected and was quite shocking! It made sense though, thinking back through the book, the twist made perfect sense. The ending was beautiful and incredibly emotional! I have not cried that much while reading/listening to a book in a long time. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loves the WWII genre! Well worth it!

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Well written but heartbreaking

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-30

Many times as I listened to this book I wanted to just stop and never ‘pick it up’ again. The story depicts what life was like in India in the 70s during The Emergency, and the horrors associated with it. As much as I wanted to stop listening, I felt I couldn’t as that would be disrespectful to everyone who survived that dark time. It breaks my heart to hear stories such as this and know that situations and acts like this happen all over the world. It was a good and well written story but i will never be able to listen to it again as it effected my mood to much.
The narration was excellent! It took a bit to get used to the accent (I’ve never been good with accents), but after that it was very enjoyable.
Overall it was a good book, but if you are someone who gets so engrossed in the books you read/listen to that it deeply effects your mood, you may want to stay away from this book.

Thank You

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Reviewed: 2019-04-15

This book was a beautiful reminder about God’s faithfulness in the storms of life. When I first purchased this book I had thought it would be a continuation of Katie’s first book “Kisses from Katie”. While this book is that, it is much more. As I listened I felt as though this book had been written for me. So much of what was said is exactly what I myself am going through. This book is such an encouragement to me, and a reminder that God uses the darkness, the pain, and the brokenness of my life for His glory and to restore hope in my life. All I can say is: Thank you Katie for your vulnerability and your willingness to put your struggles to paper, and then share them with the world. This book was what I needed now, so again I say thank you.

A MUST Read/Listen!!!

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Reviewed: 2019-03-30

I initially only listened to the first book—The Calculating Stars—because I joined a book club and it was on the roster. I am normally not a fan of science fiction but decided to give the first book a try so I could participate in discussion. I fell in love with the book instantly and listened through it in a day. Because of that, I had to get and listen to the second in the 2-book series. Again, I listened through it in just a day! Not only are these books easy “reads”, they address a number of ‘hot topics’ of today: 1) the stigma of mental health; 2) race and gender inequality; 3) global warming/the greenhouse effect; etc. These topics are woven throughout the storyline in a tactful way that causes the reader/listener to stop and think about them. I feel the author eloquently touches on both sides of the issues without letting bias pull the reader one way or another; she causes the reader to truly stop and think about the issue and it’s role/effect in daily life.
I would HIGHLY recommend both books in this series! Worth every penny and every minute spent listening!
The narrator also does a splendid job at capturing the characters and the emotions. Plus, how she does the over-the-intercom voices is incredible!

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Captivating but...

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-14

Overall I quite enjoyed this book. I thought the readers did a good job at capturing the emotion of the story. However, I feel like Luciano’s story could have been left out. His character is way underdeveloped and did nothing to enhance the story. Only at the very end is there a brief mention of his connection to one of the main characters, but can be easily missed if you’re not paying close enough attention. I am curious to know what was going on in Argentina in the 1970s and how that relates to the Nazis on the run.

Incredible

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Reviewed: 2019-01-24

When I first downloaded this book I thought it was a historical fiction novel; it wasn’t until the end of the book that I realized it is a true story. This story is nothing short of a miracle!
Very well written and Kathleen Gati is a wonderful narrator. This is a book you will not stop listening to until it is finished. Even then, you will sit there is awe and amazement at how this family survived the Holocaust against all odds. Simply, wow!

Predictable

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-01-09

Good story, but predictable. The narration is only so-so as the narrator attempts to use different voices for each character, but often changes the voice for one character every other sentence; it’s distracting.

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Reviewed: 2018-11-13

For those who do not know the story, Come from Away is based on true events of the stranded airplanes on 9/11 who had to make emergency landings anywhere but the USA. I’m disappointed at the low quality of this book. The story is poorly written and the narrator sounds as though he is just reading the script for the first time. It’s choppy and incredibly awkward to listen to. I desperately want to finish the book because I want to hear the specific details of how the community in Gander welcomed the thousands of strangers into their homes and lives. But sadly, because of the horrible—in my opinion—narration, I don’t know if I will be able to...

A must must MUST read!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2018-11-13

Wow. Words cannot describe how incredible this story is! How two people can meet in such horrendous circumstances, fall in love and live their lives to the fullest with the deepest of love is something everyone should strive for (not the horrendous circumstances, it is always heartbreaking to hear how the Jews, gypsies, and POWs were treated in the camps). My heart is overflowing with joy at the ending of this story, but is breaking at the horrors of it. This is a book everyone must read/listen to! You will not regret it!!

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