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City of Women Audiobook
City of Women
Written by: 
David R. Gillham
Narrated by: 
Suzanne Bertish
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City of Women Audiobook

City of Women

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Publisher's Summary

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, who is now lost in the chaos of the war.

Sigrid's tedious existence is turned upside down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her two young daughters - whom she believes might be her lover's family - and she must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.

©2012 David R. Gillham (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 06-22-13
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't get very far into story..."

    because it was dull and depressing and I don't have time for that!!! There are way too many good stories out there! So....NEXT!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rockville Springdale Fire 08-26-12 Member Since 2007

    I listen while I drive and I love to drive

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    "Sorry I wasted my money."
    What would have made City of Women better?

    The events of how the women survived in war torn Berlin must have some great material for stories. I would be interested in hearing more of those stories. I could not get past the third chapter.This one was told in a slow monotonous, and depressing tone.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    HYLA 7 05-25-16
    HYLA 7 05-25-16
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    "Top notch narration!"

    A fantastic book read by a fantastic narrator. Seriously. Suzanne Bertish makes this a must-listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 09-17-15
    Jeanne 09-17-15
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    "A little too graphic, but that's war."
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Women to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, never read it in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical perspective.


    What about Suzanne Bertish’s performance did you like?

    She was expressive, but the voices tended to sound alike - making it hard sometimes to figure out who was talking.


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

    Sigrid because of the dilemma she was in.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the book in spite of it being a little too graphic. It does make you think about the horrors of war and the terrible position people are put in to protect themselves and their families from the horrors and atrocities of the Nazis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hugh hungerford 09-09-15
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    "A strong story"

    A pretty grim story but worth listening to for its historical context. And very well read .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ToughCustomer New York, NY 05-13-15
    ToughCustomer New York, NY 05-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "captivating story and reading"
    Would you listen to City of Women again? Why?

    This is one of the better books on tape I have heard with Audible. The story and intrigue moved, I was truly interested in the characters, the twists and turns of the plot, and the development of the characters - all convincing and riveting. I had a difficult time breaking away from the book and went thru it much too quickly. In addition the reading was excellent. I really felt as though it was the characters speaking rather, not lofty or stilted at all. Bertish was able to seamlessly represent a variety of male and female characters without any apparent difficulty.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 10-14-13
    Dana Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story good listen"
    What did you love best about City of Women?

    The story and the main character


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

    The Red Tent as it was about women helping women even in the worst possible circumstances.


    What does Suzanne Bertish bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dk.bookworm usa 07-31-13
    dk.bookworm usa 07-31-13 Member Since 2013

    Shandy

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    "basically a good story"
    Any additional comments?

    Basically a good story. Even exciting at times . I found the narration at bit monotone , sometimes I had to really concentrate to find out which charactor was speaking ( even when it was two diffrent sexes having a conversation)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 04-30-13
    Elizabeth 04-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Good story on the homefront during a war."
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Women to be better than the print version?

    probably equal


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Women?

    When the main character thinks she is hiding her lover's wife and children.


    What does Suzanne Bertish bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents and emotional tone


    Any additional comments?

    This book explores the personal reaction of women left on the homefront in a chaotic war, that affects their city. The story is told with no jedgement through the eyes of the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmel melbourne, Australia 03-12-13
    Carmel melbourne, Australia 03-12-13
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    "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer"
    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 2 people found this review helpful

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