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Carmel

melbourne, Australia

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  • City of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David R. Gillham
    • Narrated By Suzanne Bertish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (253)

    It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover.

    Susianna says: "Just Fine But My High Expectations? Foiled Again!"
    "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about City of Women? What did you like least?

    The book outlines the relationships between women in a really vulnerable time in history. The women are certainly vulnerable , but , the author also shows the strength that they are capable of developing against the odds.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting were the relationships between the women. Least interesting was the portrayal of the woman as having little moral fibre even at a very challenging period in history.


    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Bertish’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was City of Women worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I don't need to listen to more of her books. This was a little superficial in its content. I wanted much more .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (426)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "Only ok"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Winter Garden?

    It never engaged me . I really want to be captured by a story and this didn't do it for me.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Ericksen?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender
    • Narrated By Aimee Bender
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

    Victoria says: "I'm Going to Read the Actual Book"
    "gotta love Audible"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake the most enjoyable?

    The book is certainly different,interesting and very worth a listen.If you are looking for mainstream, dont look here.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main female character because she is complicated and simple at the same time


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no , neither it made me keep rewinding to get my head around the storyline


    Any additional comments?

    It is a story which is very good but when transfered to Audio Book it is a bit weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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