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Disobedience Audiobook

Disobedience

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Publisher's Summary

In a cramped synagogue in north-west London, the eminent elderly rabbi passes away. On the other side of the Atlantic, his estranged daughter, Ronit, hears of her father's death and returns to London for the funeral. She has not returned home in 15 years.

Ronit looks forward to a week or two of revisiting old friends, perhaps settling old scores. But she finds the community she grew up in a more confusing place than she'd anticipated. Particularly when she is unexpectedly reunited with Esti, her childhood sweetheart, who has taken a very different path in life....

Disobedience is a hugely enjoyable and warm-hearted portrayal of characters caught between two worlds, and a wise exploration of sexuality, tolerance and faith.

©2006 Naomi Alderman (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A bold comic touch.... Like Brick Lane, offering a glimpse of a closeted and surprisingly English nook of British society." (Observer)
"A fresh, feisty peek at the hidden world of London’s Orthodox Jewish Community." (The Independent)

What Members Say

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    Lydia Manchester 07/08/2017
    Lydia Manchester 07/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Find another narrator"

    You just needed to find someone who can pronounce Hebrew words. It's not that hard, seriously. This is an old favourite book of mine and audio is a disappointment. Constantly distracted by pronunciation mistakes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Stockwood, Bristol, United Kingdom 01/05/2017
    Janet Stockwood, Bristol, United Kingdom 01/05/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "Multilayered"

    I chose this book after hearing Naomi talking on "Only Artists" Radio 4. I like the way she expressed herself. I had to listen to the first two chapters twice to get into but it was well worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tristan 19/02/2018
    tristan 19/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "A Thoughtful Listen "
    What made the experience of listening to Disobedience the most enjoyable?

    A beautiful insight into the complexities of friendship, family and love combined the demands and expectations of religion and culture.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 18/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Narration problems"

    The narrator frustratingly mispronounces so many words that it actually becomes laughable! As well as frustrating

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    Debbie Epstein 15/10/2017
    Debbie Epstein 15/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book badly read"

    This is an excellent novel, a subtle exploration of Jewishness, orthodoxy, father-daughter relationships, sexuality and community. But it really needed to be read by someone different, who doesn’t consistently mispronounce Hebrew and Yiddish words. Even we’ll known words like Shabbat were wrongly pronounced, let alone HaShem . This was profoundly irritating throughout.

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  • Sarella the Sphinx
    13/09/17
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    "Interesting but misguided "

    I found the ruminations on Orthodox Judaism insightful but I feel like the author was trying to write two books in one and the ruminating took me out of the story. Also, using homosexuality as a tool for this rumination is misguided, I understand what the author was trying to say but her attempt leads me to believe that she has no idea of how being gay actually works. It's borderline offensive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Qualia Gomes
    02/03/17
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    "Overall it was ok, I guess... Not really."

    This story had so much potential, but unfortunately the narrative went, in my opinion as a gay woman, in a homophobic direction. That whole speech about desiring someone of the same gender is ok as as long as you don't act on it is harmful. It would have been fine it had been addressed as so, but it isn't, too many questions remained unanswered by end but that might be just me, I hope they tweak a few things in the adaptation to the big screen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roberta L. Ruben
    Chicago, Illinois
    29/01/18
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    "Orthodox Jewish Women "
    Would you listen to Disobedience again? Why?

    Yes, need to understand what the author is going through as a modern Jewish Women.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked the end. It reflected how I felt as a Jewish Women in America in the 20th Century.


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

    The Hebrew pronunciation of many words was incorrect and that bothered me. If you don’t know Hebrew you would enjoy her British accent. The author is British make it more meaningful to use this narrator.


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

    I was moved by her decision about being a Jew and/or a lesbian. She is bi-sexual but explains that unlike African Americans, Jews and Lesbians can choose to ignore their differences and keep others from knowing they are different. This may cause some from feeling isolated but know one questions their behavior. One must admit to being different.


    Any additional comments?

    It is important to know where you come from and where you are going in America. This seems to be the message the author is communicating to all readers. Be yourself!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beverly Korfin
    Decatur, GA, US
    13/10/17
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    "Loved this book!"

    Good story with great character development. One of the best narrations I have ever heard!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Windsor Park, New Zealand
    28/07/17
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    "For anyone who struggles with formal religion"

    3 main characters struggle with identity and desire in a close knit orthodox community. They each transition to different and yet reasonable places . The triggering event is the death of someone who was a nurturing father figure to all three. I thought the book meaningful and enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anycc
    NYC
    17/02/18
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    "Excellent story dinged by poor narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it especially to someone who does not know how the Hebrew and Yiddish should be pronounced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Disobedience?

    When Esti is in Hamden seeing how the secular world acts on a Friday afternoon. Her description of Shabbat and what it means to her is stunning especially against the backdrop of her reason for being there.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    As I said - the narration was OK except for the mispronunciation of the Hebrew and Yiddish. At times it was comical because she said words that mean other things...


    If you could take any character from Disobedience out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ronit - I feel like I would like to hear more about her life in the orthodox community vs. her life outside.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mariel
    09/02/18
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    "loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Disobedience to be better than the print version?

    I haven't seen the print version so I wouldn't be able to tell that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Disobedience?

    Every detail about the jewish religion were my favorite parts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many that it would be hard to tell.


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

    I did that actually.


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't like the end too much, I was expecting something different but loved the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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