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Imagine being a 13-year-old girl in love with boys, school, family - life itself. Then suddenly, in a matter of hours, your life is shattered by the arrival of a foreign army. You can no longer attend school, have possessions, talk to your neighbors. One day your family has to leave your house behind and move into a crowded ghetto, where you lose all privacy and there isn’t enough food to eat. Still you manage, somehow, to adjust. But there is much, much worse to come...

This is the memoir of Elli Friedmann, who was 13 years old in March 1944, when the Nazis invaded Hungary. It describes her descent into the hell of Auschwitz, a concentration camp where, because of her golden braids, she was selected for work instead of extermination. In intimate, excruciating details she recounts what it was like to be one of the few teenage camp inmates, and the tiny but miraculous twists of fate that helped her survive against all odds. I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a searing story of cruelty and suffering, but at the same time it is a story of hope, faith, perseverance, and love. It will make you see the world in a new way - and it will make you want to change what you see.

©1997 Livia Jackson (P)2013 AudioGO

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-16

Touching and Important Story - Terrible Audio Performance

This is a truly well written personal account of life prior to and during the author's detention in multiple concentration camps. Imagine being a preteen and watching your entire world crumble. Her survival is nothing short of a miracle.

The only issue was the off-putting audio performance.

The actress' voice is nice but her "dramatic" tone comes off as "melodramatic". I did not think that was possible for such a serious topic but that is the only way I can describe it. Unfortunately she leans heavily on this tone throughout the entire recording. I do not understand why they chose this style because the words have enough impact on their own so the "dinner show theater" flair was unnecessary.

If I could go back in time I would just buy the digital book instead of the audiobook.
If you don't have time to commit to reading the story *please do not allow the acting to stop you from purchasing it.*
It's bad, but not bad enough to miss out on a really compelling and touching story.



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  • B Rose
  • 05-11-14

Good book poor production

Would you try another book from Livia Bitton-Jackson and/or Christine Williams?

The narrator isn't too bad, but she has Whiny voice and speaks way too fast. So no.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was too abrupt

What didn’t you like about Christine Williams’s performance?

Too fast and whiny

Did I Have Lived a Thousand Years inspire you to do anything?

Be more careful of narrators

Any additional comments?

This is a good book on surving the Holocaust, but not as good as others. Could have been the narrator though.

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  • R. Haynes
  • 21-10-20

starts out slo

started out really slow was hard to get into at first. hang in there it gets better

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  • Jillian
  • 09-05-14

"My God, My God"

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I did not really enjoy this book at all. I felt like the story was very vague and all I can remember is her saying "My God, My God" through the whole thing. I did not get emotionally attached to the characters and therefore found it hard to enjoy.

Has I Have Lived a Thousand Years turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I like this part of history and will continue to read and listen to books about it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christine Williams’s performances?

No. I did not like her voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Slightly disappointed.

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  • Mando Commando
  • 04-03-21

beautiful story of hope

from beginning to end the narrator capture the essence and spirit of this brave young woman whose unique journey was beautiful and full of Hope

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  • Joy Foley
  • 03-03-21

Beautiful melodic words tell the horror tale......

The writing is astoundingly beautiful and the memories dark and distinct. The narrator handles the telling perfectly!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-02-21

A Chilling Account of a Jewish Girl

I know it happened but I still find it hard to believe of what people will do to other people, heartbreaking story, one of many thousands the same.
I see others didn't like the narrator but I thought Christine was just fine, easy to listen to. I'd recommend this book.

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  • Katie McCance
  • 08-02-21

A chilling account of the Holocaust

I kept listening with my mouth hanging open in shock. This is an incredibly vivid memoir, describing the horrors of the Holocaust and one girl’s incredible endurance in the face of it all. The narrator’s voice suited the story beautifully. I found myself deeply moved throughout. I recommend this book if you find yourself curious about the holocaust.

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  • Abigail
  • 05-02-21

A heavy but good listen

This was a very moving book and I found myself captivated by the incredible story of survival!

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  • Melissa Huntington
  • 27-01-21

worth sticking with it

This story of a 13 year holocaust survivor is very compelling. There were times I thought it was a little slow, but the amount of detail she gives is worth it. I highly recommend.