The Children of Willesden Lane

Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: DD23166
Released: Mar 15, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781478964438
Narrator/s: Mona Golabek
Please log in to view pricing


Based on the true story of her mother, Mona Golabek describes the inspirational story of Lisa Jura Golabek's escape from Nazi-controlled Austria to England on the famed Kindertransport. Jewish musical prodigy Lisa Jura has a wonderful life in Vienna. But when the Nazis start closing in on the city, life changes irreversibly. Although he has three daughters, Lisa's father is only able to secure one berth on the Kindertransport. The family decides to send Lisa to London so that she may pursue her dreams of a career as a concert pianist. Separated from her beloved family, Lisa bravely endures the trip and a disastrous posting outside London before finding her way to the Willesden Lane Orphanage.It is in this orphanage that Lisa's story truly comes to life. Her music inspires the other orphanage children, and they, in turn, cheer her on in her efforts to make good on her promise to her family to realize her musical potential. Through hard work and sheer pluck, Lisa wins a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Academy. As she supports herself and studies, she makes a new life for herself and dreams of reconnecting with the family she was forced to leave behind. The resulting tale delivers a message of the power of music to uplift the human spirit and to grant the individual soul endurance, patience, and peace.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen
Narrator(s): Mona Golabek
Product Number Z100115740
Released: Mar 15, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
ISBN: #9781478911517
Author(s): Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen
Product Number EB00282916
Released: Apr 10, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780446591720

Professional reviews

"Lisa Jura, an Austrian Jew, was already a skilled pianist at age 14, when her parents sent far from home to escape the Nazis. Along with ten thousand other youngsters, she was part of the Kindertransport, which brought the children to London, where they found homes and built lives. The author narrates this amazing biography of her mother's life in a melodic voice. Golabek adopts subtle German inflections for the narrative and provides a stronger German accent for the dialogue of Mrs. Cohen, who runs the refugee hostel at Willesden Lane. On a lesser scale, she provides well-done British and French accents. Lisa's life and thoughts are full of music, and her playing bringing solace to herself and her neighbors during the bombing of London. Golabek's soft, emotional voice describes Lisa's music-filled hopes and dreams while classical music soars throughout this beautiful audiobook, bringing tears and smiles to listeners. M.B.K. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

Sign up for our email newsletter