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I really enjoyed listening to this book and sorting out all the angst, desire, values and importance of all the characters, flawed as they may be. The history lesson about the times on an Israeli kibbutz were so interesting and the narration was good. But, about the narrator, who has done so many other books well--perhaps the people involved should actually TRY for five minutes to make a note of foreign words in Hebrew or Yiddish and ask someone to pronounce it for the poor woman. She so mangles the words that it takes you right out of the narrative and makes you laugh. I can't imagine who told her to pronounce the famous deli favorite "kasha varnishkes" the way she did repetitively (it was Zayde's favorite food), or what the heck she was saying when she had to say "the Jewish Agency" in Hebrew--the "Sochnut", which is admittedly unusual, but, really, there are so many ways to just ask somebody!
This book was well-written and engaging and I look forward to other books by this author.
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A terrific story that reminded me of my young adult adventures on a kibbutz and living in Israel. I would give it a higher rating but the audio version was not good. The reader mispronounced almost every Hebrew and Yiddish word (and other languages as well!). Even commonly known words. She obviously had no coaching at all. One is taken out of the story with every mispronounced word (sometimes it was just the inflections that rendered the word wrong). Read this book, don't listen to it.
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