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Robert

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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
    (255)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    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!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a gripping piece of work consisting of an intelligent dialogue between a set of strong, complex characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its historic reference that paints a real life image of what life might have been like in a time and place that we as Americans are not typically exposed to in our traditional schooling.


    What about Suzanne Bertish’s performance did you like?

    Everything. A reader's range of volume is critical to me. Suzanne stays clear of the pitfall of one moment speaking so softly it is difficult to clearly hear what is being said, to another moment where the shouting makes you flinch. She also crosses gender roles very well. All this says nothing of an appropriate German accent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are too many to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Audible experience. I am writing this review after listening to nearly a dozen other recordings. I was afraid to review this immediately after listening to the recording for not having any other reference point. This is also my first Audible review. I have come back to pen these comments with a sense of gratitude to David Gillham, who I still cannot believe has not been published prior to this novel, and to Suzanne Bertish for combining on a wonderfully creative experience. An experience that did exactly as it should: transport me temporarily from one place to the next with grace, style, and a means that opens my senses and invites my mind expand its knowledge. Thank you, both.

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