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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (441 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Slouka Narrator: Glen McCready Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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Mark Slouka's novel begins with the child of Czech immigrants to the US, now living in New York, who has been brought up on the folklore of his parents' homeland. As an adult he becomes aware that he has no knowledge of his parents during the Nazi occupation of Prague. He makes a journey back to Czechoslovakia and it is only then that he discovers their part in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the notorious 'butcher of Prague' and begins to understand his mother Ivana's unhappiness.

Intertwined with this gripping history is a passionate love story, the tragic consequences of which transcend both years and continents.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy clark | 2/14/2014

    " If you can get to the third part of the book, it's a heartbreaking and beautiful love story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine | 2/8/2014

    " There are some interesting vignettes in the book and I like the structure, but overall it was not very satisfying. In the first section the narrator tells of his family life with his WWII Czech-immigrant parents. In the second section after their deaths he unsuccessfully tries to piece together the mystery of their relationship and her love of another man. The third is the narrator's imagined love story of his mother and her lover, a resistance fighter who assassinated Heydrich, and also tells how his mother ended up with his father. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roger Wright | 2/6/2014

    " The Visible World is a bleak and depressing novel told as if a factual account of the author's parents' lives in the Czech republic during Nazi occupation. At times it's very poetic and at others, just lethargic. I enjoy stories of this time period but this isn't one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoyed this easy to read book about two lovers caught in the middle of war-time Czecoslovakia. I found some of his descriptions, metaphors and similies a little repetative, therefore only scores a 3 out of 5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbie | 1/22/2014

    " I think this book was a bit like an autobiography- but I loved it so real life and true about what happened back in the war, definitely not the type of book I would usually read but it was a great story and I may look around for some similar books! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Manisha Kerai | 1/17/2014

    " I didn't like this book-I kind of felt pressured to like or feel anything fr the characters and like The Outcast, I just didn't. I also found general writing style and first person narrative grating and after weeks of perseverance I finally gave up two thirds of the way through. Disapointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 melinda callas | 12/15/2013

    " Boring. Couldn't force myself past page 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wvqueen1 Cockerham | 12/1/2013

    " Had trouble getting hooked in Part One (The New World), but I stuck with it. Part Two (Prague) was gorgeous. Highly recommend. Anything thing that may have been lacking in the first half was more than made up for in the second. Read, read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 10/29/2013

    " Taking a while to get into it. Will be interesting to see where it goes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pauline Armstrong | 11/2/2012

    " Well, I read this book just a few pages at a time, which may account for the fact that I never felt particularly involved with the characters. A somewhat different love story, but it didn't grip me enough to make me recommend it...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rolanda | 2/19/2012

    " I probably need to read this book again as I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not but I did want to find out how it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/17/2012

    " An account of how one woman's experiences in occupied Czechoslovakia during WWII affected her life and that of her family. Nicely written but there are so many other, similar novels that it's hard to see this one as anything special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Jo | 11/7/2011

    " An incredibly romantic and tragic tale of Czech resistance fighters during the Nazi regime. Just achingly beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 9/13/2011

    " Very poignant and moving memoir. I literally yelled out what?! At least three times. Continues to shock and insipire. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Manisha | 8/9/2011

    " I didn't like this book-I kind of felt pressured to like or feel anything fr the characters and like The Outcast, I just didn't. I also found general writing style and first person narrative grating and after weeks of perseverance I finally gave up two thirds of the way through. Disapointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/29/2011

    " Rich writing full of history and a poetic perspective from a man searching for answers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 6/16/2011

    " Very poignant and moving memoir. I literally yelled out what?! At least three times. Continues to shock and insipire. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 melinda | 6/2/2011

    " Boring. Couldn't force myself past page 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie | 12/25/2010

    " An amazing story of love and loss. Look past the Czech names. It is worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wvqueen1 | 9/20/2010

    " Had trouble getting hooked in Part One (The New World), but I stuck with it. Part Two (Prague) was gorgeous. Highly recommend. Anything thing that may have been lacking in the first half was more than made up for in the second. Read, read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/13/2010

    " Lovely prose and a captivating story. "

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