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  • Cut Me Loose

  • Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
  • By: Leah Vincent
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world. But the tradition-bound future Leah envisioned for herself was cut short when, at sixteen, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violation of religious law that forbids contact between members of the opposite sex. Leah's parents were unforgiving.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • In the end I didn't like her

  • By David Shear on 01-23-14

Good story; bad accent

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

Reviewed: 08-22-15

This was a great book, but it was frustrating that the reader mispronounced even the most basic of Hebrew terms, including the name of a major character. It really took away from the story. But otherwise, it was a solid performance and a good read.

  • Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?

  • Teaching Lessons from the Bronx
  • By: Ilana Garon
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The true story of a young teacher attempting to change lives in a troubled educational system. According to Ilana Garon, popular books and movies are inundated with the myth of the "hero teacher" - the one who charges headfirst into dysfunctional inner-city schools like a firefighter into an inferno, bringing the student victims to safety through a combination of charisma and innate righteousness. The students are then "saved" by the teacher’s idealism, empathy, and faith. This is not that type of book....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters and superb writing...

  • By Yossi on 09-15-13

Hilarious and touching

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

What did you love best about Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens??

Disclaimer: Ilana and I went to college together.

This book is hilarious--Ilana writes with an irresistible combination of dry wit and humbleness that keeps the pages turning in a way that I rarely encounter with non-fiction. She paints such vivid pictures of her students, and you can almost hear their voices. The depth of feeling that she has for even the most challenging ones is unbelievably touching.

Teaching memoirs can tend to be a compendium of coming-of-age stories for the students that cross the teacher's path; this is essentially a coming-of-age story for Ilana herself as a teacher, and it is masterfully constructed.

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

No, but it would have been nice if she had learned to pronounce the author's name correctly.

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

I actually loved the fact that the book was broken up into vignettes about the various students that have defined Ilana's teaching experience. It was easy to set the book down and then come back to it the next time there was a patch of time.

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