When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw—and the city’s zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen “guests” hid inside the Zabinskis’ villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.
Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her.
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It could be good...
Alright, I am an avid audiobook listener, but this book should be read. It's got riveting information, but the narrator has a really irritating 'polish' accent and it constantly interrupts the flow of the book. To top that off, it takes the author DAYS (in actuality two hours) to get to story. I truly hate her writing style, though her research skills are remarkable. I would read this book so I could skim through the pain that is the pages upon pages of descriptions of what the zoo sounds and smells like.
wow.. this is a deeply moving book that effectively illustrates life during the Holocaust. I would definitly recommend reading this book!
History Told Badly
This should be an interesting story about an awful time in history. Instead, Ms Ackerman's writing is maddening. Her constant lists of three drove me to stop listening to the book. The reader does not add interest to the book, in fact, her reading of the lists makes them all the worse.