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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Domnica Radulescu Narrator: Yelena Shmulenson Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781598877519
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She escaped the repressive regime of 1970s Romania, but not before she fell in love with a member of the secret police. Now, after decades of living in America and trying to bury her longing for the past, she returns home to learn the truth about her one Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/12/2014

    " The story of a young girl who escapes Communist Romania and makes her way to italy, and eventually to Chicago. The main character is not very warm or likable, and some of the situations seem contrived, but the author describes well the hardships endured by Romanians under their oppressive and ever-watchful former government. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bebe | 1/29/2014

    " feel free to judge this book by its cover "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marji | 1/29/2014

    " I listened to this on audio, and the narator really added to the experience. It was quite interesting reading about the Romania during the communist time, and the experience of one who escaped. However, I found the ending quite unsatisfactory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kathleen | 1/23/2014

    " Growing up under the Ceausescu dictatorship, a talented young woman is caught up in suspicion, secrets, and a desire to escape. It's a great story on history defines our lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 1/23/2014

    " This was poetic, evocative, passionate and filled with longing. I learned about a time and place I knew very little about (1970's Romania) without feeling as if dry facts were being crammed down my throat. One of the best books I have read in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitaker | 1/7/2014

    " A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Albert | 1/5/2014

    " Radulescu conveys well what it is like to live in an environment of paranoia--with all relationships being affected by it. I couldn't relate as well to Mona's longings for the home she lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/31/2013

    " Beautifully written and emotionally engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 12/22/2013

    " Boring second half. Contrived conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 10/12/2013

    " Based on the first chapter, I thought I was going to hate this book. The prose the author was using seemed way over the top for me, but she toned it done after that and I got sucked in. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/2/2013

    " Listened to this in my car and loved it because of the political history mixed in with life story of a Romanian female, beginning in 1940s. Not sure I'd have enjoyed it as much in print -- but the reader had a melodious Romanian accent that was simply delightful. Good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/27/2013

    " I loved this book. It is a gorgeously written love story set in Romania during the time of Chowcesco (I listened to it on CD so I don't know how to spell his name) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/2/2013

    " Cute--Plot too familiar...Kite Runner again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 11/18/2012

    " A somewhat interesting story but I didn't love the writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dezarai | 3/21/2011

    " This book was just beautiful! It was well written and descriptive without being overly wordy. It flowed like poetry and made me feel the sadness of loving and mourning a country in such turmoil. This book is 100% about the journey not the beginning or the end. I could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philomena | 1/30/2010

    " Great story about lost love, leaving your homeland, and trying to find peace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 6/16/2009

    " Started out really strong and engaging but then lost the urgency and attentions to detail towards the end that left the story somewhat unraveled and lost. Overall an interesting narrative and good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ευρυδίκη Αμανατίδου | 3/24/2009

    " Fresh, full of sounds and colors , nostalgia, sensitivity.A symbolic train, the symbolism referring to freedom. Not the freedom we enjoy through democracy, but through self-esteem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Biliana Velkova | 12/5/2008

    " A bit melancholic at times but overall it was a good insight into the political and daily struggles of Romania in the 70's and 80's and the emigration and assimilation of life in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/17/2008

    " Interesting look at life in Romania in the 70's, and what is (I presume) a semi-autobiographical journey. Some areas seemed to drag on a bit too much for me, and I wasn't totally captivated by the character, but I did appreciate it for the history. "

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About the Author
Domnica Radulescu is a distinguished professor of French and Italian literature at Washington and Lee University, a Fulbright scholar, and an award-winning playwright. She escaped the Communist dictatorship in her native Romania in 1983 and settled in the United States as a political refugee. Radulescu is the author of two novels, Train to Trieste, which won the Library of Virginia Fiction Award, and Black Sea Twilight.
About the Narrator

Yelena Shmulenson, an actress and audiobook narrator, is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. She emigrated to the United States with her family in 1993 from Ukraine. Her theater credits include five seasons with the Folksbiene, two seasons at the Ellis Island Theatre, Enemies: A Love Story in Russian, and The Essence: A Yiddish Theater Dim Sum. On film, she can be seen in The Good Shepherd, Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish, Fire at the Triangle, and A Serious Man.