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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,071 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Esther Hautzig Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Poland, 1940. The Russian army invades the beautiful city streets of Vilna. Soldiers storm 10-year-old Esther Rudomin's house and arrest her entire family. The Rudomins, the soldiers say, are capitalists - enemies of the people.

Forced from their home and friends, the Rudomins are herded onto crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia. For five years, Esther and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields and working in mines, fighting against all odds to stay alive. It is not an easy life. But through it all, Esther sustains the hope that one day she will return to Poland - and to freedom.

A National Book Award finalist, The Endless Steppe is the true story of Esther Rudomin Hautzig's girlhood in World War II Siberia. For over 25 years, this extraordinary book has touched the hearts of young people around the world with its vivid portrayal of life during World War II and its inspiring testament to the power of hope in the harshest conditions. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 2/15/2014

    " I love WWII era books but this one was different. All about life in a SIberian work camp. Quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 2/6/2014

    " I still remember my first reading of this when I was in 7th grade. It started me on a long reef of books related to the era. I highly recommend this book. In fact I made sure all three of my children read this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 2/5/2014

    " Every girl should read this book. I am a fan of books with a strong female character and this one is not a disappointment. I hope to read it again someday when my girls are old enough. Fantastic and tragically devastating story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/1/2014

    " A book about character, staying true to yourself no matter the circumstance. As the book ended, I was saddened that my journey with Esther was over. I wanted to know more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/23/2014

    " Reading reviews for Between Shades of Grey reminded me of this book. Read it ages ago, but it looks very similar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Fishburne | 1/15/2014

    " it was in middle school, but I remember loving it and can still feel some of the scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 1/11/2014

    " What impressed me about this book when I read it years ago was the bleakness and grimness of the Siberian setting. How anyone could survive there is amazing to me. To think that there are actually people who choose to live there! Recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/30/2013

    " I cannot believe I had never heard of this incredible book. This is a must-read on so many levels--history, relationships, growing up, tragedy, fear, survival, forgiveness and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaijsa | 12/16/2013

    " Not what I thought it was, but an excellent story - very interesting and well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 12/11/2013

    " One of my favorites when I was a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/1/2013

    " Thanks to Rebecca for this book! I read it in an afternoon and thououghly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qt | 11/17/2013

    " Even though this is a true story about the author's childhood, it never had a dry, autobiographical feel to me. It was always very interesting, and Esther and her family were very likable people. In spite of the dreadful things they endured, it was not a gloomy book, and is highly readable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marshaferz | 7/7/2013

    " Apparently, this is one I was supposed to read as a kid. Didn't do all that much for me as an adult. A painful story, but the writing isn't great, and the story seemed fairly ordinary for the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Tillman | 4/17/2013

    " i read this book in middle school and it still remains among my favorites. its such a sad story. i felt such empathy and sorrow for the great suffering of so many people. its amazing how drastically our lives and views of the world can be changed without our permission or participation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 7/17/2012

    " all time fave from my youth- enjoy reading it each year with my classes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/16/2011

    " This is a very beautiful book written about the author's years in Siberia, where she and her family were exiled during WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 7/10/2011

    " I read this book when I was in the sixth grade. I think it was the first book that I just could not put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 5/17/2011

    " Love this book. I like the imagery, the story, and I am amazed at the humanity found amonst inhumanity. Beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 4/26/2011

    " Tough times. Family working through it. Good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skye | 3/30/2011

    " Good book. I never thought about what the communists were doing during WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 3/16/2011

    " One of my favorites when I was a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/19/2011

    " Okay so I only read this for a book report but it actually was a good book. This book helped me understand what it would be like to be sent to siberia, the Russians dump for people they don't like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 2/6/2011

    " A very moving young adult book. I read it several times and enjoyed it each time. Gives a great perspective of hardship on a young girl growing up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/9/2011

    " What a wonderful book! Courage! Faith! Esther definitely is strong facing opposition.
    Made me think how much we take things for granted.
    I would read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/4/2011

    " I picked this out randomly from a shelf in the library at my middle school, but I loved it. I should probably re-read this, it's been so long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/29/2010

    " One of those books that stayed with me since childhood "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kl | 12/27/2010

    " I enjoyed listening to this book. I have heard and read so much about Germany and the concentration camps, but had never read much about Poland. It was a wonderful book about determination, perseverance, and family. Sad and tragic, but beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 12/20/2010

    " this book is good but a little depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/15/2010

    " The book was really good, though it was sad at some parts. "

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About the Author

Esther R. Hautzig (1930 – 2009) was born in Poland, but was displaced by WWII. She moved to America, married concert pianist, Walter Hautzig, and became a writer best known for her award-winning book The Endless Steppe.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned nineteen Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.