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  • Unorthodox

  • The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
  • By: Deborah Feldman
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world

  • By Ella on 03-10-12

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-12

Would you listen to Unorthodox again? Why?

I loved this book. Ms. Feldman's story gives the reader a glimpse into the closed world of the Hasadic sect and the trials and tribulations of a young woman yearning to be free.

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

This was the first of Ms. Botchan's performances that I have heard; I enjoyed it very much.

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

There were many but I could feel the author's sense of hope when she is newly engaged and then her outrage when she is confronted by her mother -in- law about her sex life. I was hoping for a happy ending and I wish the author continued happiness in her newly found freedom.

Any additional comments?

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about other cultures or religions.

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