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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe, read by Marisa Calin.

For listeners of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Choice: this is the story of the smallest library in the world - and the most dangerous.

'It wasn’t an extensive library. In fact, it consisted of eight books and some of them were in poor condition. But they were books. In this incredibly dark place, they were a reminder of less sombre times, when words rang out more loudly than machine guns....’

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious books the prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards, she agrees. 

And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles as well as the ‘living books’ - prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain books so well, they too can be ‘borrowed’ to educate the children in the camp.

But books are extremely dangerous. They make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than in Block 31 of Auschwitz, the children’s block, where the slightest transgression can result in execution, no matter how young the transgressor....

©2019 Lilit Zekulin Thwaites (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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  • LynnJ
  • 20-04-19

Deeply moving.

This is not an enjoyable read but it will stay with you long after others have disappeared into the ether. Very glad to have found it.

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  • Louise H
  • 23-11-19

I can’t listen

The narrators voice is so clipped and fast that I just can’t bring myself to listen to this. Such a shame but appalling choice in reader.

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  • CDG
  • 08-11-19

A Must Read For All

A powerful, well researched and authenticated book by Spanish author Antonio Iturbe, is written with integrity and without sensationalisation. 

A true story highlighting hatred, fear, disbelief, experiment, courage, stupidity, love and intelligence. 

A tale of how the primal need to survive, or, indeed, destroy, promotes desensitisation, numbness, indifference and betrayal and how deep rooted, irrational condemnation of people can be forced upon humanity because it is so easy to hide behind the crowd than stand up and say no.

The story of survivor Dita Kraus whose imprisonment began, with her parents, when she was 14 years old. She risked her life to save a few beloved books whilst imprisoned in Auschwitz. The unfolding stories are heart rending.

The matter of fact recollection of what she, and others, knew and saw, is beyond imagination. There were many times that I had to stop reading to compose myself and others when I had to let tears flow until they stopped.

The authors notes at the end are essential to read. 

The opening is spoken by Dita Kraus who, mercifully, is still alive. So the book truly gets you at 'hello'.

Beautifully narrated by Narissa Calin - she, as so many fine narrators can, brought this tear jerking story to life.

It rightly topped The Sunday Times best sellers list and is one for all to read. Deserving of more than 5 stars.

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  • DC
  • 12-05-19

moving story

such an insight into a horrible childhood and nightmare reality. Just wish things could been different.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-20

the voice telling the story

the women reading this book sent me to sleep. it is ashame that a voice makes all the difference to the story telling. sorry

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  • Miss JM Collier
  • 29-03-21

I kept falling asleep!!

Look at the reviews I found the narrator incredibly difficult to listen to and quite off putting in places with the different accents.

The story never really seem to get going for me, and I kept falling asleep. So much so it has taken me over three months to listen to. It’s a shame because I do normally enjoy books about this period in history, but I think a combination of slow story, poor reader and no real Character to follow.

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  • Born2Shop
  • 13-03-21

Couldn't listen to narration anymore

The narrator totally over dramatises the reading and I couldn't listen anymore. My focus moved away from the story to the clipped delivery and dreadful accents. Bought the book and would recommend but NOT audible

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-02-21

harrowing and informative

Not what I expected, but better. Books, imagination, courage, life, all so important, a reminder!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-20

lest we forget

history told from those in this horror. amazing story of courage, sadness, survival never to be repeated. would recommend this book to Everyone from children to adults.

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  • sarah morris
  • 21-06-20

Harrowing

absolutely loved listening to this book . I enjoy the audio version as you get more of a feel of the emotion, heartbreak and living hell these poor souls survived through . such an Impelling story from start to finish ! I have visited Auschwitz and Birkenau such a harrowing place !