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The Bridal Chair

Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

As a child growing up in 1920s Paris, Ida Chagall copes with her father Marc Chagall's brilliant artistic mind and overbearing ego and the tight leash he keeps on her. But as Ida blossoms into a young woman, she begins to glimpse freedom and opportunities for herself.

When she falls in love for the first time, her father paints "The Bridal Chair" as her wedding present, a symbol of his anger that pierces Ida to the heart. Against a backdrop of the Nazi invasion of France, Ida fights for her own survival as an independent young woman while nurturing the dark, creative genius of her parents.

©2015 Gloria Goldreich (P)2015 Recorded Books

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  • Jennifer Boardman
  • 28-10-19

The narrator ruined this book for me

The book was reasonably good in that it framed the life of Marc Chagall. My independent research agreed with the author's portrayal. For me it was the reader, Ms. Rosenblat that ruined it for me and my book club. This is the second novel I've read that she narrated. At some points I believe that she was actually eating while narrating. Moreover, she was overly dramatic and often emphasized the wrong words in sentence after sentence. She also mixed up Ida's name sometimes pronouncing it EEDA and sometimes IDA. Why weren't these mistakes picked up by the producer? I assigned this book for my book club. I am now on notice to never assign a book with this narrator. I wish I could give the performance a zero star. Honestly, eating, drinking, possibly burping during the narration?

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  • Gary D. Halvorson
  • 01-07-19

First half of the book was compelling

This is a book in need of an editor. The story line was interesting until about half way through. Then the writing faltered, it became repetitive and mundane in details of clothing and sad childish behaviors. The only reason I finished it was for a book group obligation.

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  • Susie Moskowitz
  • 30-03-19

A meaningful dip into the life of Ida Chagall

This book is a wonderful blend of fiction and biography. The reader gets an insightful, nuanced look at the inner world of the Chagall family, the Art world and the plight of the Jews in the 20th century.

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  • Gail Meyers
  • 09-09-18

Beautiful!

What a Beautifully written and wonderfully narrated book. My life stopped for several days as I listened to this captivating tale. The story was told by a woman whose voice was perfectly matched to the vivid descriptions of Gloria Goldreich’s historical novel. I look forward to reading her other books, and others narrated By Barbara Rosenblat.

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  • Me
  • 24-04-18

Review of the reader

The reader was so ridiculously mellow dramatic that it made it hard for me to get through the story. The only reason I kept reading it is because it’s a book my book club chose.

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  • Joanie S.
  • 31-12-17

An award winning narrator?

I was so put off by the narration (should have read other reviews first) that I had to stop listening after 7 hours. Just couldn’t bear it anymore. The shuffling of papers, clearing of throat, dry raspy voice, etc. So distracting. I looked up who this narrator was and was shocked to see how accomplished she is. The story itself wasn’t compelling enough to keep me going.

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  • 4EYES
  • 25-12-17

An important story but distracting reader

The reader made annoying swallowing sucking chewing slurping noises as she read it was very distracting

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  • Debra Fein
  • 02-12-17

The Bridal Chair

A fascinating story about the inner world's of the Chagalls. Father and daughter are unusually close.

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  • Marilyn
  • 14-08-17

Another World

loved it.Was too long. Got little boring at end. very interesting learning about Chagall's personality and WW II Holocaust experiences. and events.

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  • Robert
  • 24-06-17

Contrived detracting from an in-depth biography

I'm grateful to the author for the rich biographical detail about Marc Chagall. However the writing was too contrived. This book was in dire need of a better editor to cut away the unnecessary adjectives. How many times do we need reminding that Ida was full-figured? This detracted from the story enough to make me doubt the validity of its content.

There were production glitches in the Audible performance - you can hear the performer licking her lips and shuffling the pages throughout. Not sure why these weren't edited out.