• The Endless Steppe

  • Growing Up in Siberia
  • By: Esther Hautzig
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 28-10-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (3 ratings)


Poland, 1940. The Russian army invades the beautiful city streets of Vilna. Soldiers storm 10-year-old Esther Rudomin's house and arrest her entire family. The Rudomins, the soldiers say, are "capitalists - enemies of the people". Forced from their home and friends, the Rudomins are herded onto crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia. For five years, Esther and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields and working in mines, fighting against all odds to stay alive. It is not an easy life. But through it all, Esther sustains the hope that one day she will return to Poland - and to freedom.
A National Book Award finalist, The Endless Steppe is the true story of Esther Rudomin Hautzig's girlhood in World War II Siberia. For over 25 years, this extraordinary book has touched the hearts of young people around the world with its vivid portrayal of life during World War II and its inspiring testament to the power of hope in the harshest conditions.
©1968 Esther Hautzig (P)1995 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Slydoy209 on 10-02-12

Not just a children's book! A+TRUE story&narrative

If you could sum up The Endless Steppe in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational, poignant, enthralling

What did you like best about this story?

A story for the ages, based on the author's true
deportation to Siberia, from her beloved Polish
multigenerational house and garden. The Nazi invasion and occcupation of Poland, and evacuation of the Jewish people, is seen through
the eyes of a bright, articulate,

Any additional comments?

Not too graphic, essential text. I preferred this Award winning book over

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By thatonegirl on 08-05-17

Great story, narrator is hit and miss

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Being that this is a true story, no, I wouldn't change anything about it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Endless Steppe?

One of the most striking moments of the novel occurs when Esther returns to Poland after the war ends and learns about almost all of her family having died due to the Holocaust.

What three words best describe Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance?

Slow, stale, stagnant.

Any additional comments?

The emotion lies hiding underneath the narrator's voice, but I do not feel her tone or pace change with the emotions of the book. Bresnahan could do more to differentiate character voices; all the males sound the same, and there is little to distinguish Mother from Esther when they have conversations. Her ability to pronounce the foreign words is quite helpful.

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