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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maria Angels Anglada Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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In the winter of 1991, at a concert in Krakow, an older woman with a marvelously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who is instantly captivated by her instrument. When he asks her how she obtained it, she reveals the remarkable story behind its origin....

Imprisoned at Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp, Daniel feels his humanity slipping away. Treasured memories of the young woman he loved and the prayers that once lingered on his lips become hazier with each passing day. Then a visit from a mysterious stranger changes everything, as Daniel's former identity as a crafter of fine violins is revealed to all. The camp's two most dangerous men use this information to make a cruel wager: If Daniel can build a successful violin within a certain number of days, the Kommandant wins a case of the finest burgundy. If not, the camp doctor, a torturer, gets hold of Daniel. And so, battling exhaustion, Daniel tries to recapture his lost art, knowing all too well the likely cost of failure.

Written with lyrical simplicity and haunting beauty - and interspersed with chilling, actual Nazi documentation - The Violin of Auschwitz is more than just a novel: It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of beauty, art, and hope to triumph over the darkest adversity.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicki | 12/31/2013

    " I waited a long time to read this because I have a hard tine with Holocaust stories. This was poignant and personal, and certainly realistic, but not shockingly horrifying the way that some stories are. It kept you just outside of the worst horrors in a resigned way. You weren't in the bodies with the painfully empty stomachs or lash-covered backs, but more in their heads. Definitely a different take on a Holocaust story than I am used to finding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/28/2013

    " This is an interesting story told from multiple perspectives. Somehow, I found it difficult to really know the characters. It seemed more like a sketch to me than a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 11/21/2013

    " Excellent depiction of the degration and dehumanization of the Nazi concentration camps. Also good depiction of the making of a violin. Author kept me in suspense as to the eventual outcome for Daniel and for the violin "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 11/5/2013

    " Bit too slight, and lacks depth, worth reading, but not one to make much of an impact "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Warrington | 10/29/2013

    " Not just another holocaust novel. Well written, not melodramatic. Shows the arbitrary cruelty and horror of the guards mindless thuggery but also the resilience of the human spirit. The description of the making of the violin was like taking a masterclass. It was suspenseful because of Daniel's precarious position. It's also made me go and find the music mentioned in the story to listen to it. The novel shows the on going damage that this time in history had not only on the people who had to endure the camps but also the succeeding generations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 10/16/2013

    " a bittersweet novella that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit through the gift of music "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 9/16/2013

    " Wow this is a good little book, my only complaint is that was such a quick read. The author does a very good job of telling the story in only 109 pages... Excellent short novel I wish I would of been able to savor this story just a bit longer. I recommend reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 7/10/2013

    " Listened to this one, fairly quick. The story was engaging, however it seemed to skip around at times and seemed abrupt. I enjoyed it, but felt it could have had a little more meat to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 7/9/2013

    " I liked this book very much but I thought it was too short. I think the author could have made more of such a powerful story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine Crane | 7/7/2013

    " This is the story of the creation of a violin crafted at Auschwitz to satisfy a bet. Beautifully written and translated. Sad, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 6/11/2013

    " Short but powerful. A story that moved me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan Belling | 5/21/2013

    " bellisima, bellisima, bellisima. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/3/2012

    " A beautiful, moving little book. A reminder of the existence of hope and humanity... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simona | 12/3/2012

    " A simple, but, very moving story about a violin that was crafted by a prisoner in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. A very moving story about art's healing power. Thought the story was good at times I had the impression that parts of the novel were cut... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stuart | 10/21/2012

    " A truly remarkable story of survival against the greatest of odds, literally life or death decisions every second of every day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/18/2011

    " A short but moving story about a guy whose violin is his saving grace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bbennis | 7/22/2011

    " Really 4.5 stars. No matter how many books I read on the holocaust I'm always horrified by the depths of human cruelty and equally amazed by the will to survive and the height of human kindness under the worst circumstances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 4/24/2011

    " Listened to this on audio tape, and it was wonderful and very believable. The atrocities of Hitler are things we must never forget or repeat. I loved the music tie in and story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 4/18/2011

    " Simply written and very moving...unforgettable story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 4/14/2011

    " Very fast read. A little too light reading for the era. Did recommend to a friend that has parents that survived the death camps. Read in 1 hour "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/9/2011

    " This is a novella about a violin maker in Auschwitz. It is depressing and uplifting at the same time. It is a quick read that leaves a lasting impression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 2/8/2011

    " This is the story of the creation of a violin crafted at Auschwitz to satisfy a bet. Beautifully written and translated. Sad, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/6/2011

    " This translation was a quick read! The story is so compelling I could NOT put the book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/25/2011

    " Still reflecting on this beautiful, "masterwork of delicacy" (ELLE) France.

    A worthy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 1/23/2011

    " A short novel that you can't put down once you start reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannette | 1/19/2011

    " Great read. lets the reader know what it was really like in a concentration camp if you had a special talent "

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About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.