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Bonnie

Rehoboth, MA, United States | Member Since 2006

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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
    (301)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    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!"
    "A different view of wartime Berlin"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Women to be better than the print version?

    I would not know, but I generally prefer print editions. I get audio editions because I can "read" them during commutes and am able to read much more.


    What other book might you compare City of Women to and why?

    I have read many books about the Nazi period but this one is different from all the rest.


    Did Suzanne Bertish do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a fair job. I was occasionally confused about characters. I was annoyed by her mispronunciations of German words like Sichterheitspolizei. Why didn't she do her homework?


    Who was the most memorable character of City of Women and why?

    The leading character. A woman of strong passions who became an activist in a time and place when this was very dangerous.


    Any additional comments?

    I lived in Berlin for a couple of years in the 80's and heard a few stories about what ordinary Berliners experienced during the War. This book gave a glimpse into the complicated and difficult lives of those who were in the capitol city during those years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (456)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "Great story."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Age of Miracles to be better than the print version?

    I never consider audio editions better. Just different.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A complete upset of the normal pace of day and night changes everything in the environment and society. It is well thought-out and narrated from the point of view of a young girl.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Janice Card’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    When they discovered what had really happened to the girl's missing grandfather.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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