Greater detail, more insight. This author is too young to write a memoir that reflects a true life experience gained from another twenty years of her life.
I found the reader's voice irritating, although its youth was authentic for the story.
The writing was rudimentary and a bore to listen to. Of all the outstanding writers out there who have received rejection upon rejection, how did this one get published?
This is one of those books you can't stop listening to after the first 3 chapters. I couldn't help but want to know how things unfolded. It took me awhile to figure out where the author was going, but I quickly picked up on her writing style and ended up enjoying it a lot more than I did at the beginning.
I had no idea what (really) happened behind the closed doors of Judaism, even having a few girl friends who are practicing orthodox Jews. The truth does stand, that the majority of women do not talk about it, nor what really happens behind the closed curtain practices, holidays, people and beliefs.
While I'm not personally a religious person, I appreciate anyone who can believe in something so strongly ..
I have to be honest. The narrator really (REALLY) grated on me for the first 3 or so chapters. In fact, I was actually going to stop listening to it, because her breathy voice unnerved me *that* much ... but because I wanted to get to the real content of the book, I kept going. Thank goodness for that, because as I continued listening, I didn't notice her deep breaths at the beginning of each sentence as much.
I can appreciate the narrators unique ability to use specific language accents on named & words when needed, which gave the novel a more genuine feel.
I can't believe this woman and I grew up in the same world, at the same time. To hear of her account, it's hard to believe we even live in the same country. I enjoy memoirs such as these that expose religion, cults and practices that are shielded from the outside world. Feldman has such an important story to tell about how strong the ties of religion can be yet how determined people like her cannot be bound by them. The narrator does a great job in nailing the cadence of questions and concerns Feldman brings up in her writing. A great and worthy audible purchase!
It's about a woman growing up in a Brooklyn community that turned its watches back 500 years. Filled with surprising and intimate detail of the customs and mores followed in the journey to marriage and children of a Satmar Hasidism couple. I LOL more than once. Super narration.
The author, at times, had wisdom beyond her years. I had no idea about the lives of Hasidic Jews - just the images in the media - and this was a great inside look as to the rules and resulting confusion of both men and women raised in this culture.
There were times it was clear her intonation was at the end of a line, but not the end of the sentence. Her voice was a distraction and I had to re-listen to sections to get the content and ignore her voice. Especially towards the end, I expected more gravitas, but instead she chose a tone that made the author's text sound like a the rantings of a spoiled brat. Maybe it was the direction she was given (if there was any). I will make it a point to remember to not listen to anything she reads again.
Yes, it is well nuanced and it's a good listen.
Even when the main character was whiny or not such a great person, they went on and showed it; it gives a glimpse into a life many will never know much about.
She was a good clearly spoken reader.
Yes, I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
The ending was a bit of a let down, but realistic.
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
Yes, it is an interesting read.
The author's perspective and story telling.
Interesting Look Into A Religion/Culture I'm not familiar with.
I wish I'd listened to other reviewers...D. Feldman isn't a bad writer. She's going to be good, I think. But I wish she'd put this in a drawer for about ten years so that she could reflect with some maturity on her experience. I quit listening after a couple of hours because the limitations of her experience of the world made everything flat - it reads as if it was written by a kid hanging out in the mall. No depth.