Once We Were Brothers

  • by Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by Fred Berman
  • 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The gripping tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust.
Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice. Solomon persuades attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that the true Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomon's own family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has Solomon accused the right man?
Once We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balson's compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

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OUTSTANDING - STORY AND NARRATOR BEYOND EXCELLENT

What did you like most about Once We Were Brothers?

gripping story line, excellently narrated


What other book might you compare Once We Were Brothers to, and why?

that's a no-brainer question; this book is incomparable - without equal


Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no, but certainly intend to now


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely, but for the time factor. listened to it 2x within 10 days, with even increased pleasure!


Any additional comments?

I don't feel I can rate this highly enough. Each time I listened, in the car - driving and just sitting in it (to carry on listening), walking the dog, cooking, getting up etc etc, I thought: this is just superb and Fred Berman's acting/reading mind-blowing. Both Ronald Balson and Fred Berman have created an UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE for me.....

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-12-2013
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio