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Canada | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 ratings
  • 132 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Wife 22: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Melanie Gideon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Maybe it was those extra five pounds I'd gained. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other. But when the anonymous online study called "Marriage in the 21st Century" showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn't long before I was assigned both a pseudonym and a caseworker. And, just like that, I found myself answering questions.

    Vivian says: "Did not keep my attention"
    "Insulting to female intellegence"
    What would have made Wife 22 better?

    What a horrible book!What a horrible story!Seriously?! This novel is written for the brain capacity of a 12 year old girl. Couldn't' even finish it, as the narration was so grating, and the story line was ridiculous and insulting to my intelligence. Extremely BASIC read/listen. Someone who isn't familiar with the internet technology may find this slightly entertaining. Maybe?! OR probably not.

    Has Wife 22 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Chick lit can always be questionable, but this was absolutely terrible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Deborah Feldman
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan

    In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.

    Ella says: "A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world"
    "Slow start ... but interesting once you get going!"
    Would you listen to Unorthodox again? Why?

    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 ..

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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