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We Were the Lucky Ones

Written by: Georgia Hunter
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2017 - WWII and its heartbreaking history have served as the backdrop to some of my all-time favorite novels (Code Name Verity, The Nightingale, to name a couple). It is in these dark times that we search most desperately for a person's humanity - and these stories all share incredibly brave yet incredibly human characters. Georgia Hunter's debut novel, We Were the Lucky Ones, was born of her childhood discovery that she descended from a family of Holocaust survivors and her years-long attempt to unravel her family's history. Rich in setting, poignant in delivery, and amplified by moving performances from Robert Fass and Kathleen Gati, Hunter's novel is set to enter the impressive canon of WWII literature that touches you at your core. —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive - and to reunite - We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.

“Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn't be more timely.” (Glamour)

It is the spring of 1939, and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable, and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety. 

As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the 20th century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive. 

©2017 Georgia Hunter (P)2017 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Reading Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones is like being swung heart first into history.... A brave and mesmerizing debut, and a truly tremendous accomplishment." (Paula McLain, New York Times best-selling author of The Paris Wife)

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I lost track of time and space...

I lost track of time and space listening to this book. I never read about Poland during WW2 and it was so heartbreaking. But I love a book that ends well, and this one was so so perfect. #Audible1 This is definitely a book I will listen to over and over again.

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Great history book

This book should be a must read in all school. It is a tale of unimaginable circumstances, bravery, pride & determination amongst a family of Holocaust survivors. Let us never forget the horrors of WW2.

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Not my favorite

I have read many books about Holocaust and this subject is very close to my heart. I have very mixed feelings about this book. The story of the family members is extraordinary but as a novel it lacks character building, substance to events and has a-lot of fillers. It is still a good read but there are better books on the same subject like The Storyteller...

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enjoyed this book

I enjoyed this book. You getto know the family members and their struggle through WWII, The struggles of war were very real. I was happy that the family sutvived andthe story had a happy ending.

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Incredible

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!

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  • Roz
  • 2017-07-19

Love it but...

I loved this book. It was well written and compelling. The actor did an amazing job.

My problem with the book was the number of characters made it really hard for me to keep their stories straight. There were 5 children, their spouses, a granddaughter, and the parents. As Hunter bounced from story to story, I found myself constantly wondering who we were talking about now. Was a past story being updated or was yet another new character was being introduced? I have a hard time remembering names as it is and keeping things straight made the audio book very difficult to follow.

I finally spent a half hour on an internet search for information on the family tree. It was a little difficult to find. Below is what I found. I kept it nearby as I listened.

The Kurc family member is listed first, their spouse 2nd and children next.

Sol, Nechuma - Parents
Genek, Herta, Jozef
Mila, Seilim, Felicia
Addy, Caroline (First GF Eliska)
Jakob, Bella
Halina, Adam

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  • MrsAllister
  • 2018-04-02

It was okay...

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The book and characters didn't grab me. I couldn't get fully invested in the story, to the point that I started the book over a few chapters in because I realized I didn't know who 2 of the 5 main characters were. It was a little difficult trying to keep everyone straight, and the description of each character was kinda glazed over, making it difficult for me to create a picture in my head of what they looked like. I finally gave up with about 4 hours left to listen to, I just didn't care what happened to the characters anymore.

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  • Proud Palisadian
  • 2017-03-14

My Best Audible "Read" Ever

What made the experience of listening to We Were the Lucky Ones the most enjoyable?

The story behind this book -- a TRUE story -- is compelling, suspenseful, terrifying, and joyous. It is a wonderful reminder of atrocities we should never forget, and of the way the human spirit can overcome even the most horrific of experiences. This is by far and away the best book I've ever listened to on Audible.

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  • Ellyn Levy
  • 2017-03-29

Exceptional story- written beautifully

I rarely walk around breathless as I listen to all the books I listen to. This book grabbed me and didn't let go. It's a families true story, their harrowing experiences and survival. Just amazing.

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  • Terry J. Joley
  • 2017-06-30

Incredible story

This was a hard book for me to put down. I thought I was reading historical fiction and then realized that these were real events the author was speaking of. It is a miracle that so much of her family were able to make it out alive. This should be required high school reading at least to understand history and what happens when evil prevails.

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  • MichL
  • 2017-04-05

Heartwarming and genuine

This wonderfully written story is a treasure. As I listened to Kathleen Gati recount the incredible story of this family, I am reminded of what makes survivors of the Holocaust so resilient - family. While listening to this book I found myself laughing, crying, and celebrating along with the family, usually with tears in my eyes. If you are considering this book, you won't be disappointed!

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  • Jean
  • 2017-07-03

A Must Read

This is a beautifully written and perfectly narrated true story of one family's struggles to survive the Nazi invasion of Poland. Their family bond and Jewish traditions immediately grab the interest of the listener. The horrors of the Nazi hold on Europe are heart breaking. The story grips you from the start. You feel as if you are personally lnvolved. Fabulous book!

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  • Stephanne
  • 2017-02-21

the good from the bad

The story isn't new but it's a refreshing version that celebrates survivors and the emotional and physical turmoil that coincides with this war. There are a lot of names, and more often than not I had to wait for the story to develop around the character before figuring out which family member we were hearing about. But this didn't really detract from the overall experience. The narration is sharply articulated but it isn't unpleasant and the accents were well done... even some of the southern American dialect.

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  • Imamomof4
  • 2017-10-18

NOT FEELING SO LUCKY

I love historical fiction and especially the WWII period so I thought this one would fit the bill. However, the entire story, at least as far I got, (up to Chapter 13) was told in such a detached way that I just could not stay interested. The characters almost never speak for themselves. In fact, the story is written from a third-person perspective and narrated in a disinterested monotone. I found my mind constantly wandering and had to keep rewinding to try to pick up the story line. But soon the words would become a droning mumble again and I'd have to force myself to pay attention. While the story might have a lot of great historical content, the writing style and narration made it just too much work to listen to. It might be one of those books I need to read for myself so I can give the characters voice and personality inside my head.

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  • J. Gourdin
  • 2017-03-02

Loved This Book and the narrator

I enjoyed the story and it really made me think about what happened in WWII. Also loved hearing that it was the author's family history!

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