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Publisher's Summary

During the Holocaust at the German concentration camp near Plaszow, thousands of Jews lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis. More than a thousand others were spared thanks to a womanizing, heavy-drinking, German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member named Oskar Schindler. One of the most remarkable narratives of the Holocaust, Schindler's List masterfully recreates the daring exploits of Schindler, who used his enormous fortune to build a factory near the concentration camp and his influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews. It is an absorbing, suspenseful, and moving account of Schindler's legacy of life.
©1993 Serpentine Publishing Co. PTY LTD. All Rights Reserved; (P)1993 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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  • Dona
  • 2011-11-13

Abridged books just don't cut it!

Have met Schindler survivors and visited his grave, so was looking forward to listening to the book, but I should have known that I wouldn't get involved in an abridged book. Too much was left out. Will have to wait for an complete version of Schindler's Ark or have the time to read the book.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • As my Wimsey takes me
  • 2011-11-03

Would be perfect...

... if unabridged! Kingsly blew this out of the water! Goose bumps, tears, pounding heart- he made me feel it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lloyd
  • 2011-12-26

Abridged too far

What disappointed you about Schindler's List?

Having read the actual book, the abridged version seems to have left out a considerable amount of story lines that were needed in my opinion to be left in.

Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas Keneally? Why or why not?

Yes, as long as it was not an abridged reading

Which character – as performed by Ben Kingsley – was your favorite?

None really stand out above any other

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was Schindler's List which is a fantastic story in itself.

Any additional comments?

This would have been a great listen unabridged

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • steve
  • 2012-10-23

A True Hero

When confronted with danger, most people will shy away but Schindler did not and not only did he not shy away but he risked everything to save as many people as he could during the Holocaust and no matter how many times I hear this story I can't help but get goosebumps and chills. He was such a great hero and his deeds will forever be remembered by the entire families for every one of the thousands of people he saved. Making this book that much better, Kingsley does a great job as the narrator. It's hard to say this, but this book could actually be better than the classic movie starring Liam Neeson, who was nominated for an Oscar for his outstanding portrayal of the late great Oskar Schindler. Also, I really enjoyed the ending of this book and how Schindler made out following WW!!.Found that to be very interesting and something that I definitely did not know beforehand.

Two thumbs up and highly recommended!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian
  • 2005-04-26


I've not seen the movie so this was my first exposure to the story of Oscar Schindler and the Jews of Krakow. The story's slow buildup is what sticks in my mind. No one in Krakow new, of course, what was going to happen. Each new regulation (Jews can't have more than xxx marks in their bank account) was greeted with a kind of resignation -- maybe this one will be the last. The tale is told with a neutral tone that only increases the feelings in the reader of foreboding, shock, and sadness. This book, more than any other, reveals the beurocratic nature of the holocaust, and how it used the existing government and industrial system, of ordinay people, to follow an agenda of madness.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 2012-04-24

We are all capable of cruelty and compassion

Thomas Keneally always has a message and a challenge for his readers. The challenge here is to acknowledge that all of us are capable of cruelty and compassion. The challenge for all of us is to find that middle road so that at our death they may say of us "he was a good man".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Marv M.
  • 2006-06-24

Powerful book, powerless audio book

I had high hopes for this one as well, knowing the towering achievement of a movie based on this book. However, the reader, Ben Kingsley, should stick to acting and leave the audio books to someone who cares more about what he's doing. Simply put, I thought he did a terrible job reading this book. No vocal inflection to indicate changing moods and themes, very little personalization of individual characters, no vocal anything, just one monotone. I had to shut it off because it was making me so sleepy. I cannot recommend this audio book unless as a cure for insomnia.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly Paleczny
  • 2017-11-01

The Unabridged Doesnt Cut It!

The shortened book doesn't flesh out this amazing story. It's a shadow of the entire book.

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  • Cordelia
  • 2017-07-07

Overly shortened.

I saw the movie, now I wanted to hear the book. It was cut far too short without mentioning it was abridged. Not enough detail.

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  • muddygirl Allen
  • 2017-05-16


Schindler list was a great book. I really loved to listen to this audible. book an movie are both great.

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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2016-07-10


This is a rare example of a book being less interesting than the movie!

Of course, the story of over 1000 Jews being saved from death by German industrialist Oskar Schindler is gripping.

The problem lies with the poor writing which does not succeed in bringing coherently together the multiple pieces of research that were made. The chronology of events is at times shaky as is the characters’ psychology. The sources used are not explicitly identified and the reader often ends up confused.

Overall, it appears better to stick to the cinematic masterwork.