Mischling

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.95 hours)
Product Number: Z100119040
Released: Sep 06, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781478915065
Narrator/s: Vanessa Johansson
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
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"One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year" (Anthony Doerr) about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II. Pearl is in charge of: the sad, the good, the past. Stasha must care for: the funny, the future, the bad. It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain. That winter, at a concert orchestrated by Mengele, Pearl disappears. Stasha grieves for her twin, but clings to the possibility that Pearl remains alive. When the camp is liberated by the Red Army, she and her companion Feliks-a boy bent on vengeance for his own lost twin-travel through Poland's devastation. Undeterred by injury, starvation, or the chaos around them, motivated by equal parts danger and hope, they encounter hostile villagers, Jewish resistance fighters, and fellow refugees, their quest enabled by the notion that Mengele may be captured and brought to justice within the ruins of the Warsaw Zoo. As the young survivors discover what has become of the world, they must try to imagine a future within it. A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is boundlessly original, Mischling defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.

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Author(s): Affinity Konar
Original Publish Date: Sep 06, 2016

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Affinity Konar
Narrator(s): Vanessa Johansson
Product Number DD25929
Released: Sep 06, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781478912828
eBook
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Author(s): Affinity Konar
Product Number EB00633578
Released: Sep 06, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books
ISBN: #9780316269414

Professional reviews

"This remarkable story is ideal for audio. Konar's work juxtaposes the horrors of Nazi Germany with the ability of children to love and remain optimistic amid conditions that would destroy many adults. Vanessa Johansson's narration demonstrates why the spoken word can be superior to reading in print. Her delivery gives life and vivid personality to Pearl and Stasha Zagorski, twin sisters who arrive with their family at Auschwitz in 1944 and are assigned to Joseph Mengele's Zoo, where they're selected to live among his human guinea pigs. Despite the daunting odds the girls face, and the horrors they encounter, Johansson uses a light, almost angelic, tone to enhance the dialogue and instill the book with a sense of optimism unusual in historical fiction of this type D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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