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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

I am still haunted by this woman's story.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-12

Would you listen to Unorthodox again? Why?

I don't necessarily think I would listen to it again, but only because it was so riveting that it had my full attention the first time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Deborah, of course, it was her story. But you also become extremely fond of her paternal grandmother.

What about Rachel Botchan’s performance did you like?

In general I prefer author narrativization, but she did a wonderful job.

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

ABSOLUTELY. I had to tear myself away each time.

Any additional comments?

I read (and now listen to) memoirs/bios almost exclusively, and this one will be with me for a very long time.

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