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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The time was well spent to listen to the book as it had many back stories I didn't know. However, it was very slow moving. A little more historic detail or broader links to other Indian jews might have had some additional interest.
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This book is written on a very interesting topic and the writer presents some vivid description. Yet the author repeats herself so many times that I felt she should have presented her findings as a longform magazine article, rather than stretch them out into a full-length book.
I also found it unethical of the author to "befriend" reclusive community members only to turn around and vividly depict things like the way dentures slip disgustingly in and out of their mouth. These are real people who now come face to face with tourists (like me) who have read this book! In my opinion, the author did not treat her informants with journalistic integrity.
Finally, it was annoying that Audible's reader mispronounced words/names related to India AND words/names related to Judaism throughout the audiobook. This is a book focused on India and on Judaism -- Audible can't find a reader who is familiar with at least one of them? Leslie can't take the time to ask somebody how to pronounce unfamiliar words? Give me a break!