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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Alderman Narrator: Roe Kendall Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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For Ronit Krushka, 32, single and living on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long ago. But when she learns of the death of her estranged father, the preeminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, she leaves behind her Friday-night takeout, her troublesome romance, and her boisterous circle of friends to return home. Her dual mission there is to mourn her father and to collect a single heirloom of her mother's. But as she reconnects with old acquaintances and the traditional ebb and flow of the community, Ronit becomes more than a stranger in her old home: she becomes a threat.

Set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, Disobedience explores a devout and closed world to discover the importance of moving on - and what we lose when we do.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simi | 2/15/2014

    " I loved the subject matter and really could relate with it; there were some beautiful passages and some real deep thought on the modern day world and religion from the olden days and how the two coincide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania | 2/13/2014

    " It's been a long time since I was so utterly gripped by a novel that I eschewed other activites (web browsing etc...) just to finish the book. But this book was one of those. I found it extremely moving, beautifully read, perfectly structured with its weaving between first person and third, between each of the three main characters. It paints a picture of a specific community but its reach is far wider, into the nature of love, identity, family, home, faith. It is one of the most deserving winners of a book award I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pam | 2/6/2014

    " Incredible and spellbinding story. It took me into the world of orthodox Jews in England, seen from the point of view of a young woman who leaves her community in England, with its strict codes of behavior, and goes off to live as a "liberated" woman in New York. But she has severe problems dealing with her identity and, as if being a female orthodox Jew were not enough, she is also running away from an adolescent lesbian affair. When her father dies in England, she is forced to face the people she fled years ago, and to forge her own identity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 2/4/2014

    " Set amid the Orthodox Jewish community of Hendon, North London, it tells of the aftermath of the death of a beloved and revered Rabbi and the return of his wayward, sexually unorthodox daughter. It's wickedly funny, inventive and nicely crafted, using a range of narrative voices. The characters are strongly drawn, the dynamics of a small community well observed and the central theme - the way that cultural identity is both hugely enriching and intensely claustrophobic - is discussed with humour and intelligence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/28/2014

    " I found this book compelling on several levels, not least learning more about the Orthodox Jewish community in London - that was truly fascinating. The main story however, unfolds as the protagonist returns to her roots and contemplates her life, her choices and her relationships: who she's been and who she wants to be. Interesting and thought-provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/21/2014

    " A very thoughtful reflection on life within a small tight-knit religious community on those who are believers and a an individual who turned her back on the congregation and moved to the United States. Ronit Krushka was raised in the Oxthodox enclave of Hendon, England. As she describes it, unlike the active Jewish community in the United States, Jews in Britain "must remain more quiet than non-Jews and women more silent than men". When Ronit learns that her father, the congregation's Rabbi, has died, she returns to England, her childhood home, and the expectations of the congregation she left behind. One of the strengths of this book is that both Ronit and the Orthodox Jews in Hendon are treated sympathically by the author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenn | 1/16/2014

    " Could not get into this book at all. Though the different font did help to get me into the mind set of the different characters, I just didn't connect to them at all. I think I read about a hundred pages and didn't have the urge to pick it up again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Polly | 1/15/2014

    " I'm not sure what the point to this story was. It seemed like the author made up an interesting plot line, with some interesting key events, but I just didn't see any motivations for the characters to do what they did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/14/2014

    " This was a very interesting book with insight into how the ultra-Orthdox may look at homosexuality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/4/2014

    " Intriguing look at orthodox Jewish customs and forbidden desires, set in Hendon, London. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/9/2013

    " i was reading Marie Claire, and they recommended this book. i am happy that I read it. The storyline was very intriquing, lesbian love in an orthodox community(and all THE DRAMA). I liked how each chapter began with quote from the torah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 10/31/2013

    " A story that never quite came together, with some strained symbolism and forced themes. Perhaps if I were a bisexual Jewish New York woman it would mean more to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 10/17/2013

    " Interesting book about a jewish woman's need to rebel against her religion until her father, a great rabbi dies. Then she is faced with the impact of her actions and choices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 3/23/2013

    " This is a marvelous book, just marvelous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/15/2013

    " A very good book. Interesting to compare it with Pearl Abraham's "The Romance Reader," which is also about a very different kind of girl rebelling against her ultra Orthodox parents. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in religious cultures that diverge from the mainstream. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/4/2012

    " A fascinating book about an Orthodox Jewish community in northwest London and the young woman who was estranged from it. You may have nothing in common with any of the three major characters, but you grow to understand them and appreciate what they think is important. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 9/16/2012

    " A stunning debut with a fascinating dual narration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 8/29/2012

    " What is disobedience? Who is disobedient? This book gave me insight into the Jewish faith. It is about a Rabbi's (Rav) daughter. It definately kept my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisaleh | 2/25/2012

    " Very soon after starting this book I realized that I'd already read it. I read it again anyway and it was fine, nothing special, but not terrible either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krysia | 8/13/2011

    " In this novel, a young woman returns to her Orthodox community in London, having left years before for NYC. Very good; I like the fact that the heroine was British. So many in this "genre" that I have read have focused on Hasidic women in the tri-state area. The author has a great blog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/31/2011

    " Fascinating account of contemporary Orthodox Jewish life in London. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivienne | 1/8/2011

    " A library book club selection and one that I enjoyed very much for its interesting premise of examining the closed Orthodox Jewish community of Hendon, London through the eyes of the estranged daughter of a leading Rabbi who has moved to New York but returned after the death of her father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 11/16/2010

    " What is disobedience? Who is disobedient? This book gave me insight into the Jewish faith. It is about a Rabbi's (Rav) daughter. It definately kept my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/26/2010

    " an insight into the world of Jewish women "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 6/30/2010

    " I would actually give this a 3.75. It was tough to get into and not at all what I expected when I did get into it. I'm glad that I finally read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 5/26/2010

    " This was an interesting read, I think you will like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/23/2010

    " A very good book. Interesting to compare it with Pearl Abraham's "The Romance Reader," which is also about a very different kind of girl rebelling against her ultra Orthodox parents. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in religious cultures that diverge from the mainstream. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 4/7/2010

    " Entertaining with valuable information about Jewish culture and traditions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/24/2010

    " You probably won't like this unless you're Jewish, but I'm quite liking it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 7/23/2009

    " Interesting book about a jewish woman's need to rebel against her religion until her father, a great rabbi dies. Then she is faced with the impact of her actions and choices. "

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About the Author
Author Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman, born in 1974, was brought up in the Orthodox Jewish community in Hendon, London, where she now lives. A graduate of Oxford and the University of East Anglia’s writing program, she is the recipient of the Asham Award.

About the Narrator

Roe Kendall (a.k.a. Vanessa Benjamin), a native of the British Isles, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She has performed on stage, as a voice-over artist, and as an audiobook narrator.