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Invisible City Audiobook
Invisible City
Written by: 
Julia Dahl
Narrated by: 
Andi Arndt
Invisible City Audiobook

Invisible City

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Publisher's Summary

Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.

Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah’s shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD’s habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can’t let the story end there. But getting to the truth won’t be easy - even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it's clear that she's not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider.In her riveting debut Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage.

©2014 Julia Dahl (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    Sue 02-17-15
    Sue 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this story!"

    I loved the way this story twisted and turned - I was totally taken by surprise! Will definitely buy the next in the series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ELB 02-02-16
    ELB 02-02-16

    Suspense books that pass the Bechdel test

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    "YA book in disguise"

    Full disclosure, I quit listening about a third of the way into the book. I wanted to hear the story, to get caught up in the suspense, to understand a culture I am unfamiliar with. For me, the book reads like a YA novel to which someone added sex, booze and a generous dose of the f-word. The protagonist comes across as shallow and immature and the other characters were one dimensional. It didn't feel authentic to New York and I was curious if it was because Rebekah was new to the city, but I didn't read far enough to find out.
    Obviously, you should read other reviews. But if this book was recommended to you because you have enjoyed other thrillers or mysteries or if you were lured in by the Gillian Flynn quote on the front, this might not be what you are looking for.
    I am more thankful than ever that Audible has a great return policy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brigid 11-07-15
    Brigid 11-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "great!"

    heard about this on npr and after hearing the premise I knew I would love it. the storytelling was great and my husband and I both got so wrapped up in the story we couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Saint Paul, MN, United States 10-05-14
    Lori Saint Paul, MN, United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Learned something new"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like books that combine a good story and learning about culture. The story was good and it made me think


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character -


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JillyJD Long Beach,CA 01-19-16
    JillyJD Long Beach,CA 01-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Keeps Getting Better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Interesting and intriguing and different


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

    Interactions with Miriam


    Which character – as performed by Andi Arndt – was your favorite?

    The main character


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

    If I only had the time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 09-05-15
    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 09-05-15 Member Since 2011

    Ce n'est pas grave!

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    "Can't figure the great reviews"

    I can't figure out why this book was so well reviewed. The characters were not presented in an engaging way...basically, I felt little connection to any of them, ecspecially the main character. Reading this book, I probably would have taken little notice of the CONSTANT use of the "f-word" and I get it loud and clear that the NYC world of cops and news reporters is not for the faint of heart, but actually hearing it again and again and again got to be grating and gratuitous. Hasidic Jewish men come off as being like Mafioso. So I thought the idea was interesting, but the story itself was meandering and mediocre at best. I would not recommend this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rocket Riter 08-14-15

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    "Good read."

    Nice mystery for a first one. I can't wait to revisit these characters in her next book.

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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 09-30-14
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 09-30-14 Member Since 2006

    Old Broad with Keyboard

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    "It was an Interesting Idea"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depends. The idea of the book was great. The Orthodox Jews live in a world apart from the modern world & the idea of peeking in was very intriguing. But the book doesn't really develop that look into the closed community. It's all about a woman abandoned by a mother from that world instead.


    Could you see Invisible City being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I can see it being made into a two hour special. There's just not enough story to develop it into a series.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad read, just a rather ordinary read. Good idea but not developed enough & not enough of a look into the Hidden World.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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