Thursday, August 14, 2014

Living a Life That Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream by Ben Lesser - Review

Living a Life That Matters by Ben Lesser



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I listened to the audiobook for free through YA Sync available August 7 - 13, 2014.  This audiobook was paired with  The Shawl and although the two are quite different in outlook they are both incredibly powerful tales of survival during horrific times.

Ben Lesser, just a kid at the time at age 10-16 during 1939-1945, was one of the only members of his family to live through the unspeakable events of the Holocaust.  Not only did he just barely make it out with his life by the time of the American liberation, but this ordinary man also went on to achieve his American Dream.  He managed to overcome the horror of his past and moved on to flourish in the U.S.

As I mentioned above, the pairing of Living a Life That Matters and The Shawl is a very interesting one indeed.  While both the characters of The Shawl and Ben Lesser faced an absolutely horrifying reality in concentration camps, the way they deal with the aftermath and what it means to be a survivor in very different ways.

The audiobook edition adds an extra level of power with an introduction and a conclusion read by the author while the rest of the memoir is read by actor Jonathan Silverman.

I highly recommend Ben Lesser's inspiring tale of survival.  It's not be be missed.    


I listened to this book from August 11 - 13, 2014 and my review is also on Goodreads.

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