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City of Women | [David R. Gillham]

City of Women

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.
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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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    Louise MIddletown, DE, United States 11-06-12
    Louise MIddletown, DE, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Passionate, suspenseful listen"
    If you could sum up City of Women in three words, what would they be?

    War from another perspective and relationships from the inside out- great insight on both.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns of plot, the picture of world war II from the women's perspective and the German perspective, the complex characters


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Bertish – was your favorite?

    Egon, the jewish lover


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    Vicki Delfos 11-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought provoking, can relate to the women."
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Women to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that women fought to survive no matter of their belief, race or religion.


    What about Suzanne Bertish’s performance did you like?

    Yes, She was able to feel how the women felt in the story.


    If you could rename City of Women, what would you call it?

    Survival of Women in Berlin


    Any additional comments?

    Very thought provoking. Helped me to relate to my family in Holland during WWII.

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    JDel Iowa 10-24-12
    JDel Iowa 10-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful Story"

    Don't miss out on this great audio book. The narration was very real, could imagine what Berlin was like in those dark days.

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    Ellen Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-08-12
    Ellen Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Complex and engrossing"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Gave a great sense of Berlin during the war, and the many ethical dilemmas and struggles faced by the characters in those times. Its a captivating story!


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    Kate Andover, MA, United States 10-02-12
    Kate Andover, MA, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A Must Listen"

    Narration AND plot are outstanding in this well written novel that provides a German woman's journey through WWII as she struggles with an unpopular and illegal (at the time) decision to support the underground movement of protecting Jews from the Nazis. A must listen!

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    Robin Auckland, New Zealand 09-26-12
    Robin Auckland, New Zealand 09-26-12
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    Would you listen to City of Women again? Why?

    Yes Yes Yes. This is amazing. The author controls the tension and suspense. It is almost unbearable to listen to.


    What about Suzanne Bertish’s performance did you like?

    Suzanne was amazing. Her skills stunning. Her expression and storytelling superb.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but it is difficult to get the time. You need to listen to it in large chunks.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful, superb, gripping, terrifying and all so real.

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    Maureen 09-25-12
    Maureen 09-25-12
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    "Survival of the Shrewd!"
    What made the experience of listening to City of Women the most enjoyable?

    How the clever plot unfolded itself to the listener.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sigrid Schroeder.This women experienced every emotion with courage and tenacity.She is totally credible - a simple honest housewife thrown into a maelstrom of treachery against her will.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Egon finally gives Sigrid an explanation for his abominable and ruthless treatment of his fellow Jewish compatriots. Up until this time I did not warm to this character but the vivid account of his experiences made me ask myself 'what would you have done if confronted with the choices and decisions he had to make to survive.


    If you could take any character from City of Women out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would invite Caspar. I would like to have found out more about his character and how he felt as the story unfolded. For me, he was the sad victim of the current time. He lost everything that was dear to him in such a short space of time.


    Any additional comments?

    I was enthralled with this book. Having lived in Germany as a 'Schwiegertochter' I was able to empathize with Sigrid. However, I was slightly irritated when the storyteller was unable to pronounce some of the German place names. This might not be of importance to a listener who did not understand German well.

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    Teresa 09-15-12
    Teresa 09-15-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "Not a disappointment. Great Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to City of Women the most enjoyable?

    The twist and turns and the narrator did an excellent job.


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

    None


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

    She made that time seem so more real that you would not have received from reading. She did an excellent job with Sigrid's character.


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

    Sigrid. The way she matured throughout the book in ways I did not expect.


    Any additional comments?

    Once started I could not stop until finished. This is a great listen. It didn't end as expected but ended great all the same.

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    Kate ARCHDALE, NC, United States 09-06-12
    Kate ARCHDALE, NC, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing book - don't miss it!"
    Where does City of Women rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks #1 of all the audiobooks I have listened to so far. I couldn't wait to hear each chapter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way the writer created multi-dimensional characters with an orginal story. A vivid account of WWII Berlin through the eyes of a fascinating woman. The novel's plot provides a terrific read while also displaying many aspects of life in Nazi Germany. Truly, no character is predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Bertish – was your favorite?

    Sigrid is a non-forgettable character who seems so real. Fantastic writing. I thought the author was a woman because Sigrid's feelings and emotions are so authentic. What a surprise to discover that the author was male.


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

    All the characters were memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Bertish's performance enhanced the book for me. If I had read the book, the German street names would have been distracting but Ms. Bertish's reading made them a integrated part of the story.

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    Bruce Phillips Kansas City 08-31-12
    Bruce Phillips Kansas City 08-31-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Kept Me Listening - Very Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audibook. The story was very intriguing and I found myself looking for reasons to prolong the times I was listening.


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

    The ending was very moving.


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

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The development of the main character was superb. Nothing felt jarring or unreal. I really identified with Frau Schroeder.

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