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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
  • 03/06/2016

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
  • 05/11/2014

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
  • 21/10/2020

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
  • 09/05/2014

"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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  • Melissa Doheny
  • 27/01/2021

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.

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  • Laura Maness
  • 22/01/2021

The story was a good one.

Not discounting the story at all. It was very interesting. However the way in which is was presented or maybe it was the narrative or narrator. It just seemed off. It was lack luster and not at all contributing to the facts of the story. I wouldn’t read it or listen to it again.

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  • Randall Skidmore
  • 13/12/2020

I really enjoyed this book!

It was a wonderful! I really enjoyed the way the story was told. My heart aches got this people!

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  • Simona Solomie
  • 12/12/2020

Such a well written story, too bad for the performance!

Not only the performance is bad but the person reading the book didn’t even try to pronounce the names of people and places correctly!

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  • Elizabeth Dooley
  • 23/11/2020

Powerful

The story is one all should know. I can’t say enough positive about the story and author’s bravery in telling. My only negative is the performance. The reader is a fine performer but given a lot of the narrative is a 13 year old girl saying “mommy”, I would prefer a younger voice.

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  • Danielle Adkins
  • 02/11/2020

some repetitiveness

she says OMG or God! A bit too often... it was kinda annoying. other than that, extremely moving story. so sad.. scary to think what lives were lost and to have lived through such horrific events... the parrellels to today are scary too...being lulled, fooled thinking "surely not" as each event unfolded and as they were led like sheep to the slaughter with each event...and the acceptance...