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Three Floors Up

Narrated by: Deepti Gupta, Neil Shah
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Set in an upper-middle-class Tel Aviv apartment building, this best-selling and warmly acclaimed Israeli novel examines the interconnected lives of its residents, whose turmoils, secrets, unreliable confessions, and problematic decisions reveal a society in the midst of an identity crisis.

On the first floor, Arnon, a tormented retired officer who fought in the First Intifada, confesses to an army friend with a troubled military past how his obsession about his young daughter's safety led him to lose control and put his marriage in peril.

Above Arnon lives Hani, known as "the widow", whose husband travels the world for his lucrative job while she stays at home with their two children, increasingly isolated and unstable. When her brother-in-law suddenly appears at their door begging her to hide him from loan sharks and the police, she agrees in spite of the risk to her family, if only to bring some emotional excitement into her life.

On the top floor lives a former judge, Devora. Eager to start a new life in her retirement, Devora joins a social movement, desperately tries to reconnect with her estranged son, and falls in love with a man who isn't what he seems.

©2015 Eshkol Nevo; English translation copyright 2017 by Eshkol Nevo (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Excellent for Book Club Discussions

Narration - slow; I used 1.25x. I enjoyed the book more reading it hard copy. Much to think from many aspects about these 3 stories of families on the 3 floors of the same building.

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Excellent

At first I didn’t feel that I would like the book. The first floor was uncomfortable. But as I stayed with the book, I liked it more and more. The third floor was philosophical and excellent. I highly recommend this book. It is hard to put down and gives the reader lots to mull over.

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  • 03-25-19

Not for me (but excellent translation)

I read this book because it was my book club’s selection for this month. I did not enjoy it and couldn’t wait for it to end. There are three parts/stories to the book and each part was better than the one before, but still. The first two parts in particular were very disturbing in content. I also didn’t enjoy the author’s style. He meandered all over the place ( again, the first two parts were worse than the third) It drove me nuts, as did the cryptic nature of the stories. I’ve read other books like that in which there’s a process about how things are revealed. They were fine. But this book was extremely irritating. I will add, though, that the translation was excellent and flawless. The reader is unable to detect that this is a translation. The narration was less than mediocre and, admittedly, may have influenced my overall opinion of the book. There were several glaring mispronunciations of words.

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Emotionally powerful

I found this book to be a very touching and emotionally powerful. The prose touched my heart.

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