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3 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie Qualia Gomes on 03-02-17

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.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Sarella the Sphinx on 09-13-17

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.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Anycc on 02-17-18

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mariel on 02-09-18

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.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Roberta L. Ruben on 01-29-18

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!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Beverly Korfin on 10-13-17

Loved this book!

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

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