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City of Women Audiobook

City of Women

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Lisa 06-22-13
    Lisa 06-22-13
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    "Couldn't get very far into story..."

    because it was dull and depressing and I don't have time for that!!! There are way too many good stories out there! So....NEXT!!!

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    Rockville Springdale Fire 08-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    What would have made City of Women better?

    The events of how the women survived in war torn Berlin must have some great material for stories. I would be interested in hearing more of those stories. I could not get past the third chapter.This one was told in a slow monotonous, and depressing tone.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 11-13-17
    Michele 11-13-17
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    "Caught by surprise!"

    Not sure what I was expecting but this story caught be off guard. Brilliant reader and story put me in the middle of WWII in the heart of Berlin. A story I've not heard before about the German soldiers with v especially left home to manage to keep the home fire's burning while their husbands are drafted to the east e th front. It's a story of humble b beginnings th s t rises from the mundane to our unlikely heroines rise and fall to action to h I deals and get out as many Jews from the city as she can from under the noses of the Gestapo a n d her into d referring mother in law and best friend b d who both betray friends and family alike. I wish this author would write another book about our heroine, Sigrid. I can't say enough about the reader, Suzanne Bertish. Yes more please, Ms Bertish is the best female reader I've heard. She gave life to heroine. It's my go to story when I can't get interested in another audio book. Some readers just put me to sleep, but not Suzanne Bertish. Enjoy!

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    JeanneGB 07-28-17
    JeanneGB 07-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best books I've encountered in years."

    Beautifully written and fantastically performed. Strange to feel so sad that it's ended, considering the tragic subject matter.

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    Kindle Customer 04-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Never Look Back...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Women to be better than the print version?

    Yes, definitely. The narrator was absolutely wonderful. Her accents and the way she glided from character to character was great!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    * There were several. The main character, of course, however her mother-in-law, was a pretty good close second, she was so evil.


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

    The main character, she did a wonderful job with her. She really brought her to life!!!


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

    Don't Look Back, Survival? Keep Going Forward......


    Any additional comments?

    What a book! This leaves you thinking about those years and what the women went through (WW2,) long after the book is read. WONDERFUL BOOK! 🗼😀

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    HYLA 7 05-25-16
    HYLA 7 05-25-16
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    "Top notch narration!"

    A fantastic book read by a fantastic narrator. Seriously. Suzanne Bertish makes this a must-listen.

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    Jeanne 09-17-15
    Jeanne 09-17-15
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    "A little too graphic, but that's war."
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Women to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, never read it in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical perspective.


    What about Suzanne Bertish’s performance did you like?

    She was expressive, but the voices tended to sound alike - making it hard sometimes to figure out who was talking.


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

    Sigrid because of the dilemma she was in.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the book in spite of it being a little too graphic. It does make you think about the horrors of war and the terrible position people are put in to protect themselves and their families from the horrors and atrocities of the Nazis.

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    hugh hungerford 09-09-15
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    "A strong story"

    A pretty grim story but worth listening to for its historical context. And very well read .

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    ToughCustomer New York, NY 05-13-15
    ToughCustomer New York, NY 05-13-15 Member Since 2017
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    "captivating story and reading"
    Would you listen to City of Women again? Why?

    This is one of the better books on tape I have heard with Audible. The story and intrigue moved, I was truly interested in the characters, the twists and turns of the plot, and the development of the characters - all convincing and riveting. I had a difficult time breaking away from the book and went thru it much too quickly. In addition the reading was excellent. I really felt as though it was the characters speaking rather, not lofty or stilted at all. Bertish was able to seamlessly represent a variety of male and female characters without any apparent difficulty.


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    Dana Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 10-14-13
    Dana Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful story good listen"
    What did you love best about City of Women?

    The story and the main character


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

    The Red Tent as it was about women helping women even in the worst possible circumstances.


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

    Life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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