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Sister of Mine Audiobook

Sister of Mine: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Fiction

When two Union soldiers stumble onto a plantation in northern Georgia on a warm May day in 1864, the last thing they expect is to see the Union flag flying high - or to be greeted by a group of freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Little do they know that this place has an unusual history.

Twelve years prior, Adelaide Mannheim - daughter of Mordecai, the only Jewish planter in the county - was given her own maid, a young slave named Rachel. The two became friends, and soon they discovered a secret: Mordecai was Rachel's father, too.

As the country moved toward war, Adelaide and Rachel struggled to navigate their newfound sisterhood - from love and resentment to betrayal and, ultimately, forgiveness.

Now, facing these Union soldiers as General Sherman advances nearer, their bond is put to the ultimate test. Will the plantation be spared? Or will everything they've lived for be lost?

©2016 Sabra Waldfogel (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    MAGGS Port Talbot 09/11/2017
    MAGGS Port Talbot 09/11/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Sister of f Mine - Very enjoyable story "

    Sister of f Mine - Very enjoyable story
    I didn’t realise Jews owed slaves
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
    Beautifully narrated

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    Stephanie 26/05/2017
    Stephanie 26/05/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Stunning"

    What a fantastic book, beautifully read, it will be top of my list for best reads (listens) of this year, I'm so glad I picked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lexas 11/01/2017
    Lexas 11/01/2017
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    "A great book!"

    From beginning to end, I was twined up in the story. I had never read about Jews owning slaves and this book encouraged me to find out more.

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Ravello 06/08/2016
    Gina Ravello 06/08/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed it. wanted to listen all day"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. wanted to listen all day. The story. The characters were all enjoyable and relatable. The telling was wonderfully done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • M. Ryder
    20/06/16
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    "A Must Read"

    Bought this audiobook for just $6.95 instead of using a credit, and really was not expecting too much, but was pleasantly surprised with both the narration and story. Bahni Turpin did a super job of bringing all the characters to life, and I could easily distinguish one voice from the other. Despite the audiobook being 17 hours long, the time passed quickly, probably because I was so emotionally invested in it. That is, I truly cared about the main characters, and wanted to find out exactly how they handled their difficult situations. It was one of those stories that will clearly keep you on the edge of your seat. I have listened to many historical fiction novels, but never have I heard about Jews owning slaves in antebellum America. This surprised me a lot, especially since Jews were once themselves slaves back in Egypt. I also liked that the focus was on the relationship between Adelaide and Rachel, and the bond they had as sisters as well as owner and servant. Throughout the story, we got to see how very complicated their relationship is, mostly because when it actually came down to it, first and foremost, they were family. I am extremely glad that by the end of the book, The author shows the characters as having experienced an incredible amount of personal growth. These women made some rash decisions, and in the process, hurt one another deeply, though still managed to become far better people along the way.Try this audiobook! You will not be disappointed!

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Josie
    25/06/17
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Sabra Waldfogel and/or Bahni Turpin?

    I thought the narration was good, but the actual content was very disappointing. I would not buy another book from this author. I was expecting historical fiction, and instead I got a romance novel with graphic sex scenes and an unrealistic story line.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't wait for this book to be over. I have never not finished a book I purchased, but this one came close. I found the characters irritating and inconsistent.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Elyse Becker
    Fairfax, Virginia
    27/08/16
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    "Moral Complexity and Compelling Characters"
    If you could sum up Sister of Mine in three words, what would they be?

    complex, compelling, sympathetic


    What other book might you compare Sister of Mine to and why?

    It shares a concept with Marlen Suyapa Bodden's The Wedding Gift (which is also very good): two half-sisters, one a slave owner and the other her slave. But here, the slave owners are Jewish, a people with a history of enslavement themselves. This gave Ms. Waldfogel's story additional real-life gravitas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When a certain character came home from the war because I rejoiced for the reunited couple.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sister of Mine and why?

    Rachel. Legally she is a slave, but she remains her own woman, uncowed by the terrible system in which she lives.


    Any additional comments?

    Bahni Turpin was excellent as always!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Lyric G. Eads
    Buffalo, WY USA
    29/07/16
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    "Great narrator, story good but flawed"

    I enjoyed the listen because Bahni Turpin is an excellent narrator and I love her voice , and how she can portray any character from child to adult, male to female. The story was quite good in premise, but I didn't enjoy the intimately detailed sex scenes - in my opinion, they only detracted from an otherwise compelling story. And I found some of the characters inconsistent and frustrating. I returned this because I knew I would not give it a second listen.

    29 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • LSM
    27/07/16
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    "Very Good Story"

    I appreciate the story line here. Myself having 4 sisters and sometimes finding it hard to get along with them all the time, this teaches the true beauty of sisterhood. These 2 sister's survived and worked through horrible circumstances from outside and between themselves and still found love for each other. A beautiful story with lessons I plan to share and use in my own life.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Renee
    Pflugerville, TX, United States
    28/06/16
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    "Fantastic narration"

    Great book!!! I loved the story and the narrator. I was not ready for this book to end.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Dana Southwick
    13/07/16
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    "Great book!!"

    Loved this book. Narrator was the best I have heard in a long time! Wonderful story!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • P.J.
    LANSING, KS, United States
    02/06/17
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    "Wonderful Read but Contradictive"

    I really enjoyed this book and would be all about giving it 4 or 5 stars except for the end. We have a Jewish man who learns more about the Jewish faith as time goes on and becomes convicted that slavery is wrong. We see interactions with his wife, her family, his slaves and the awful plight of war. We see a family stand together even though the family is owner and slaves. That's the wonderful part. However, in the end, this same religious man has an affair with his wife's sister! What? His Jewish faith allows cheating on your wife? See that just spoiled the whole thing for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Donna D Sabsook
    31/07/16
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    "Very good"

    Story is awesome. I certainly did not expect the storyline to be so intense. A must read.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Frank
    23/03/17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable listen."

    Excellent narration. Ms Turpin did a wonderful job distinguishing characters and accents. She even speaks bird, lol!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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