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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

2046 ratings

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This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov - an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for "tattooist"), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her. A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful recreation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

©2018 Heather Morris (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
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Cilka's Journey

278 ratings

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"Louise Brealey is an excellent reader who gives Cilka a thoughtful, sympathetic voice." (Jersey's Best) This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.  From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience.  Her beauty saved her - and condemned her. Cilka is just 16-years-old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival. When the war is over and the camp is liberated, freedom is not granted to Cilka: She is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a Siberian prison camp. But did she really have a choice? And where do the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was send to Auschwitz when she was still a child?  In Siberia, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she meets a kind female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.  Confronting death and terror daily, Cilka discovers a strength she never knew she had. And when she begins to tentatively form bonds and relationships in this harsh, new reality, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.  From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka's journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit - and the will we have to survive.

©2019 Heather Morris (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Louise Brealey
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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Le tatoueur d'Auschwitz

42 ratings

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Sous un ciel de plomb, des prisonniers défilent à l'entrée du camp d'Auschwitz. Bientôt, ils ne seront plus que des numéros tatoués sur le bras. C'est Lale, un déporté, qui est chargé de cette sinistre tâche. Il travaille le regard rivé au sol pour éviter de voir la douleur dans les yeux de ceux qu'il marque à jamais. Un jour, pourtant, il lève les yeux sur Gita et la jeune femme devient sa lumière dans ce monde d'une noirceur infinie. Ils savent d'emblée qu'ils sont faits l'un pour l'autre. Mais dans cette prison où l'on se bat pour un morceau de pain et pour sauver sa vie, il n'y a pas de place pour l'amour. Ils doivent se contenter de minuscules moments de joie, qui leur font oublier le cauchemar du quotidien. Mais Lale a fait une promesse : un jour, ils seront libres, deux jeunes gens heureux de vivre ensemble. Deux personnes plus fortes que l'horreur du monde. L'histoire vraie d'un homme et d'une femme qui ont trouvé l'amour au cœur de l'enfer. >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©2018 City Éditions. Traduit de l'anglais par Jocelyne Barsse (P)2018 Audible Studios

Narrator: Isabelle Miller
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
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The Singularity Is Near

10 ratings

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“Startling in scope and bravado.” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times) “Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world.” (Los Angeles Times) “Elaborate, smart and persuasive.” (The Boston Globe) “A pleasure to read.” (The Wall Street Journal) One of CBS News’ Best Fall Books of 2005 Among St Louis Post-Dispatch’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2005 One of Amazon.com’s Best Science Books of 2005 A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from the best-selling author of How to Create a Mind and The Singularity is Nearer who Bill Gates calls “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence”. For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: The union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.

©2005 Ray Kurzweil (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Length: 24 hrs and 38 mins
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Life and Fate: The Complete Series (Dramatised)

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Kenneth Branagh stars in BBC Radio 4's ambitious eight-hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman's epic masterpiece set during the Battle of Stalingrad. This powerful work, completed in 1960, charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the KGB placed the manuscript under arrest and Grossman was informed his book would not be published for at least 200 years.

Having been a household name as one of Russia's most distinguished war correspondents, Grossman died aged 58 - the banning of his book hastening the end of his life - and he would never know the fate of his masterpiece: smuggled out of the Soviet Union on microfilm, to freedom and eventual publication in the West. Today it is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century.

©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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The Great Tome of Darkest Horrors and Unspeakable Evils

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The Great Tome series continues with The Great Tome of Darkest Horrors and Unspeakable Evils. This volume features 11 tales revolving around monsters, evil aliens, and otherworldly entities. It includes: "The Black Lady" by Taylor Harbin "Breath of the Black God" by Robert Lee Whittaker "Hybrid" by Lucas Pederson "Bone Man and the Sleeping Kings" by Heather Morris "Back for Blood" by Milo James Fowler "Pillar of Fire" by N. Immanuel Velez "Twenty Steps" by Francis Sparks "The Taking of Michael McConnelly" by Kevin Wallis "Pavlov's Dogs" by James Dorr "Metamorphosis" by Barbara Harvey Carter "A Candle for Imbolc" by Julie Ann Dawson

©2016 Julie Ann Dawson (P)2016 Julie Ann Dawson

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Il tatuatore di Auschwitz

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Non esiste un luogo in cui l'amore non possa vincere. Il cielo di un grigio sconosciuto incombe sulla fila di donne. Da quel momento non saranno più donne, saranno solo una sequenza inanimata di numeri tatuati sul braccio. Ad Auschwitz, è Lale a essere incaricato di quell'orrendo compito: proprio lui, un ebreo come loro. Giorno dopo giorno Lale lavora a testa bassa per non vedere un dolore così simile al suo finché una volta alza lo sguardo, per un solo istante: è allora che incrocia due occhi che in quel mondo senza colori nascondono un intero arcobaleno. Il suo nome è Gita. Un nome che Lale non potrà più dimenticare. Perché Gita diventa la sua luce in quel buio infinito: racconta poco di lei, come se non essendoci un futuro non avesse senso nemmeno un passato, ma sono le emozioni a parlare per loro. Sono i piccoli momenti rubati a quella assurda quotidianità ad avvicinarli. Dove sono rinchiusi non c'è posto per l'amore. Dove si combatte per un pezzo di pane e per salvare la propria vita, l'amore è un sogno ormai dimenticato. Ma non per Lale e Gita, che sono pronti a tutto per nascondere e proteggere quello che hanno. E quando il destino tenta di separarli, le parole che hanno solo potuto sussurrare restano strozzate in gola. Parole che sognano un domani insieme che a loro sembra precluso. Dovranno lottare per poterle pronunciare di nuovo. Dovranno conservare la speranza per urlarle finalmente in un abbraccio. Senza più morte e dolore intorno. Solo due giovani e la loro voglia di stare insieme. Solo due giovani più forti della malvagità del mondo. Il dolore che Lale e Gita hanno conosciuto e l'amore grazie al quale lo hanno sconfitto sono un insegnamento profondo: perché restano ancora molte verità da scoprire sull'Olocausto e non bisogna mai smettere di ricordare. Un romanzo sul potere della sofferenza e sulle luci della speranza. Su una promessa di futuro quando intorno tutto è buio.

©2018 Garzanti (P)2020 Adriano Salani Editore

Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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