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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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  • Kathleen
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 03-03-13

Well Worth It!

Intriguing characters and a well-written story about German women living in Berlin during WW II. I really liked the characters and how the story evolved, and I will read more by this author.

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  • Beth Anne
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 02-11-13

Captivating! Amazing Characters, Great Narrator

Where does City of Women rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was one of the top books I listened to. Suzanne Bertish was a great narrator, giving life not only to Sigrid, but to all the characters in this wonderful story. What I liked abut her narration is that she was so emotional as she read.

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

I've never listened to another one, but I will be putting her on my list to hear again.

Any additional comments?

i was so excited and intrigued by this book. Sigrid's story was fascinating...twists and turns on every page. i thought that she was a truly strong female character - even with all her flaws - she embodied what all great lead women do. courage and empathy, but also sadness and doubt.

i was enthralled following Sigrid as she tried maneuvering wartime Berlin, and all it's cast of characters. And i loved that as a reader, we didn't know the truth about anyone...we found out as she did. friends were enemies, enemies were friends. who could she trust? could she even trust herself to do the right things?

i loved every minute of this novel. i wish it never ended.

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Very well written story

If you could sum up City of Women in three words, what would they be?

Powerful, intense, interesting

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptive writing

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

No

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

The entire book moved me, the writing was beautiful and the depth with which the author portrayed the protagonist made the story fascinating

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  • Louise
  • MIddletown, DE, United States
  • 11-06-12

Passionate, suspenseful listen

If you could sum up City of Women in three words, what would they be?

War from another perspective and relationships from the inside out- great insight on both.

What did you like best about this story?

The twists and turns of plot, the picture of world war II from the women's perspective and the German perspective, the complex characters

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

Egon, the jewish lover

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Thought provoking, can relate to the women.

Would you consider the audio edition of City of Women to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The way that women fought to survive no matter of their belief, race or religion.

What about Suzanne Bertish’s performance did you like?

Yes, She was able to feel how the women felt in the story.

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

Survival of Women in Berlin

Any additional comments?

Very thought provoking. Helped me to relate to my family in Holland during WWII.

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  • JDel
  • Iowa
  • 10-24-12

Wonderful Story

Don't miss out on this great audio book. The narration was very real, could imagine what Berlin was like in those dark days.

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  • Ellen
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 10-08-12

Complex and engrossing

What did you like best about this story?

Gave a great sense of Berlin during the war, and the many ethical dilemmas and struggles faced by the characters in those times. Its a captivating story!

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  • Kate
  • Andover, MA, United States
  • 10-02-12

A Must Listen

Narration AND plot are outstanding in this well written novel that provides a German woman's journey through WWII as she struggles with an unpopular and illegal (at the time) decision to support the underground movement of protecting Jews from the Nazis. A must listen!

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