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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,282 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alyson Richman Narrator: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781464048968
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In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there’s an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers.

Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Staggeringly evocative, romantic, heart-rending, sensual and beautifully written…May very well be the Sophie’s Choice of this generation.” 

    John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “Daringly constructed, this moving novel begins at the end and then, in a fully-realized circle through the most traumatic event of the 20th century, returns you there in a way that makes your heart leap.” 

    Loring Mandel, author of Conspiracy

  • “Richman once again finds inspiration in art, adding evocative details to a swiftly moving and emotionally charged plot. Richman’s incremental descent into the horrors of the Holocaust lends enormous power to Lenka’s experience and makes her reunion with Josef all the more poignant. Though the framing device of the decades-long separation can be cloying, this is a genuinely moving portrait.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tragedy and hope, love and loss, and the strength to endure are expressed through Richman’s graceful writing and powerful characters, many based on actual Holocaust victims and survivors.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginger | 2/9/2014

    " Maybe it was my mood, but I wasn't feeling this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cammie | 2/1/2014

    " This book was very good and was a pretty accurate depiction of the lives of the Jews in World War II. There were a couple of pretty bad word at the end when the Germans were telling them horrible things, but no gratuitous cursing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/29/2014

    " This is one of the best books that I've read in a long time. I couldn't put the book down but I didn't want it to end... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/28/2014

    " Wonderful story of lost love and the stories around them. Highly recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Holladay | 1/20/2014

    " This book was a great read! It was loaded with tons of historical facts about a Jewish woman's experience of love and lost during World War 2 and the Holocaust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/16/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book! It was moving, devasting, and romantic all at the same time. This book is set during the Holocaust in Czechoslavakia and the main characters meet right before the devastation. The writing is beautifully haunting and you can really identify with the main characters losses as they try to survive the tragedies in their lives. The book is a must read for historical fiction readers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 1/11/2014

    " I loved this book... it was like many Holocaust books, but halfway through, I was enthralled with the characters. I read it in three days, and had to read a magazine afterwards,,, I was so taken by this book that I couldn't start another book just yet... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Patterson | 12/26/2013

    " GOOD book !!! Another story of life during World War II in Europe and living in a concentration camp. Highly recomend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Porter | 12/20/2013

    " If you want Holocaust, a seemingly real portrayal. Also, a ture look into the Terrizine concentration Camp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/15/2013

    " Loved it! A beautiful love story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 12/13/2013

    " Janis Thank you this was an excellent book. A story of lovers who were separated by Nazis in ww2. An excellent story based on true stories told to the author and a wonderful lovee story, Great.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria G. | 12/11/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story, the details about WW II and the fact that it could be so many people's story. It kept my entire attention and I recommended to history lovers. "

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

    " I loved this book! A wonderful love story interwoven with moving events of a stolen life for the lovers and so many people! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myndi Keyton | 11/10/2013

    " A beautifully written and unbelievably moving work of historical fiction. Richman's writing takes you on a journey that you wish would never end. The story of Lenka and Josef, their love and the circumstances of the world that pulled them apart is unforgettable. Simply put, I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dori Manela | 10/31/2013

    " Touching, heartbreaking and beautifully told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/13/2013

    " Books don't usually make me cry. This one did. What atrocities those poor people had to experience. I looked forward to crawling into bed each night to read this story. Well done, Ms. Richman! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey Ducharme | 7/3/2013

    " I think this is the best book I have read in years! Absolutely LOVED it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Skarda | 6/2/2013

    " I am not a love story fan but I really enjoyed this book. Home sick-started it yesterday and couldn't put it down. I loved how it started at the end and the short chapters headed with names made it easy to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Rossi | 5/26/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. A lot like Sarah'S Key. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Venne | 4/5/2013

    " Wonderfully written book. I'm really taken by the plot line of the lost couple over generations.Josef's adult life was the most convincing and enjoyable to read though however. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 3/5/2013

    " I loved this book! What a great love story! You fall in love with the characters immediately. This was not only a love story but based on another aspect of the holocaust i never new existed! I didn't want the story to end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/22/2012

    " I love how true stories were interwoven into this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/2/2012

    " a beautifully written tale of a beloved woman finding strength, stamina and beauty in a time that resonates today for all of those lost and loved during WWII and for those fighting today for freedom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/31/2012

    " I am a fan of WW2 novels but even if I was not, this book captured me right away. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you Rose, for the good review! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 6/11/2012

    " I read this novel in one day. Each page was a page turner and beautifully written despite the horrific times that the Jews encountered. I felt like I knew each one of the characters and could feel each others sense of fear, loss and hope for their future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Goldstein geller | 6/1/2012

    " This book gave me the chills from the beginning to end. It is so heartbreaking to realize that this is not fiction but based on events that actually happened. "

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About the Author
Author Alyson Richman

Alyson Richman is the internationally bestselling author of The Lost Wife, The Rhythm of Memory, The Last Van Gogh, and The Mask Carver’s Son, among others. Her novels have been published in more than fifteen languages and have received both national and international acclaim. She loves to travel, cook, ride her yellow bicycle, and do ballet.

About the Narrators

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.