• The Chemist's Shop

  • By: Richard Brumer
  • Narrated by: Dave Cruse
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-03-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bookleaves Publishing
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (1 rating)


Pharmacology professor Miklos Rosen (now Michael Ross) retires from the world of academia in 1970 and opens a community pharmacy in a peaceful upstate New York town. He puts the horrific tragedies of his past behind him and finds serenity in his new life. That is, until he recognizes a customer as former Nazi SS officer Hans Stern. Michael looks into Stern's cold steel-blue eyes, clenches his fists and boils inside, remembering how his three young daughters were taken from him and gassed, and his wife, Ilona, was tortured, raped, and stripped of all dignity by Stern 25 years earlier in Auschwitz. Face to face with this evil being, Michael forces himself to stay calm. In that moment, he experiences two opposing but related feelings. One is anger, the other exhilaration. He could not protect his family then, but he can avenge their deaths now. It wasn't just about killing Stern. That would be too easy. His death had to be slow, painful, and diabolical, and it begins with a game of chess with Stern as the unwilling pawn.
©2015, 2017 Richard Brumer (P)2018 Richard Brumer
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4 out of 5 stars
By Natallie on 19-03-18

Great read.

Great story, really enjoyed listening each night. Couldnt quite match the narrators voice to the main character...he sounded more like Jeeves the butler than a Holocaust survivor...i couldnt get the emotion from the voice at times but it was still a very well done overall.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Shelly Dee on 06-04-18

Almost a 5

This book was almost a 5 ... until the very last sentence of the book. What a cheap way to end what otherwise was a great read for so many reasons. I hesitate to pick up any more of Brumer's books for fear of another unsettling surprise ending. Reminds me of Shirley Jackson's LOTTERY, which though critically acclaimed and in every college literature survey course, was in the same cheap category.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 16-03-18

If you are student of history do not miss this audible

I was on the shelf about preordering this book but decided to go ahead since the majority of the book takes place in the US. The chemist is such a logical person who keeps his family alive in his memory. He comes across this old x-N. The Nazi

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