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3.05 out of 53.05 out of 53.05 out of 53.05 out of 53.05 out of 5 3.05 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Ragen Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781400189946
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When life is at its best, the unimaginable can shatter everything you think you know... Abigail Samuels has no reason to feel anything but joy on the morning her life falls apart. The epitome of the successful Jewish American woman, she is married to a well-known and respected accountant and is in the middle of planning her daughter Kayla's wedding. Kayla, too, wakes up that morning with the world in the palm of her hand. Having lived the charmed life of a well-loved child from a happy family, she is bright, pretty, a Harvard law student who has never really questioned the path she found herself on. With a shocking suddenness, all that is smashed to pieces in ways they could never have dreamed. When a heartbroken Kayla runs away to a desert commune run by a charismatic mystic, Abigail rushes to save her, only to find that there is nothing more whole than a broken heart. Download and start listening now!

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  • A page-turner illustrating the horrifying consequences of becoming embroiled in the American legal system. Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 2/19/2014

    " I was disappointed. Felt the story was a bit rushed, characters weren't developed well enough and the plot was a bit contrived. Was disappointed in the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/14/2014

    " Loved this book. It is a nice story about parents and daughter relationships and their quest to find themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 2/14/2014

    " I bought this book after hearing Naomi Ragen speak about how her life changed so dramatically when false accusations were made against her. In that context, this book was very interesting, as the lives of the characters in this book were almost ruined as a consequence of accusations made against them. On its own, though, I thought the book was just ok. A good plot and quick read, but a little flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 2/9/2014

    " I love this author. She is so tought provoking and her novels really make you stop and think about what is really important in life. I really enjoyed this book but I fealt that the ending was a bit rushed. She could have spent more time developing an ending instead of leaving it so abrupt "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 2/6/2014

    " I adored this book, despite the fact that Ragen switches POVs throughout scenes (usually something I cannot tolerate). The characters were all so multi-faceted and believable, so fleshed-out, all their actions and views understandable and sympathetic. I loved Abigail's and Kayla's introspections, the scenes in Boston and Israel, those beautiful prayers with Natan. I only hope I can find the rest of Ragen's novels I haven't read yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solkon | 2/5/2014

    " I loved this book. For me it was a page turner. I am a big fan of Naomi Ragen and this book certainly didn't disappoint me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lkgallop | 1/31/2014

    " My jewish friends will like this book although it is a bit hokey I finished it very quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 1/24/2014

    " I was really disappointed with this book - it read like a Harlequin romance. I have read many of Naomi Ragen's older books and really liked them but I didn't like this one much at all. The language was too flowery, the story not believable, the characters making life changing decisions in the blink of an eye. The Israel descriptions are very believable having been there but otherwise I think this storyline almost seemed ridiculous. I would not recommend this book - sorry Naomi.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 1/18/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time was The Ghost of Hannah Mendes"- this does not compare, but Ragen takes a potentially "real life" situation and her connection with faith, God and Israel takes center stage. Worth the read, and there were some passages I actually highlighted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dottie | 1/9/2014

    " Jewish family...father accused of funding terrorists - daughter flees to Israel and 'finds her calling/self/love'. An uneven book.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sande Fitzpatrick | 1/3/2014

    " It started out slow but did pick up. A nice Jewish family, daughter attending Harvard Law school. Father is a CPA who has his own company. The father is picked up by the FBI for sending money to terrorist organizations. Interesting and shows how it affects the whole family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/2/2014

    " A great soul searching story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wanda | 1/1/2014

    " About a Jewish family--mostly their youngest daughter. It was O.K. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 12/21/2013

    " Sounded interesting, but I'm having a lot of trouble feeling something for the characters. They are really difficult to like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 12/10/2013

    " Having enjoyed the author's earlier books, I was very disappointed with this one. The characters are caricatures. I don't know that I'll try another one by Ragen. A waste of an audible credit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Greenfield | 11/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book but I felt the quick tidy up ending was a bit lacking. Still I would read other books by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 7/4/2013

    " Maybe a 2.5.....story of a Jewish accountant accused of laundering money for terrorist groups and the havoc it wrecks on his life and the life of his family when he is arrested. Wraps up a little too neatly and quickly. Some good thoughts scattered throughout, but just didn't quite do it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 6/6/2013

    " This was an unsuspected great read. It's a "thinker" throughout some parts, but I definitely enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 6/2/2013

    " Ragen is a good writer. I rated the book four stars until the end. She ties everything up too neatly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty | 4/24/2013

    " I usually love Naomi Ragen's books but this one was a real disappointment. The entire story was so contrived! Really quite silly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trudy | 2/21/2013

    " A Jewish account is accused of helping launder money for a terrorist group. The story os his family--reactions and actions. People shun them as they fight to redeem their identity. Sometimes sweet, sometimes sappy, sometimes great pearls of wisdom reavealed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 12/26/2012

    " It was an enjoyable read, but the actions of some of the characters stretched my ability to suspend belief - and I have an incredible ability to suspend belief! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 12/6/2012

    " Not as good as all the other books by Naomi Ragen.. I kept waiting for it to get better.. and it just never did. There was no depth to the story, you just were wanting more the entire time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 5/21/2012

    " It was a bit predictable - father gets in trouble, spoiled daughter flees, then helps to prove his innocence. Love angle for daughter also predictable, but a couple of twists and some great insights in the book. Well written. Just a nice read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivy | 5/7/2012

    " I had high hopes for this story about the effects of a father's criminal investigation on his wife and youngest daughter. However, I had trouble caring about the characters and felt that major life-changing decisions that they made were determined unrealistically quickly and simply. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 1/3/2012

    " Boston father gets in legal trouble. Harvard law school daughter flees to Israel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlajan Katz | 12/20/2011

    " Very good book she is back to heer old writing of interesting stories. write some more......... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 8/24/2011

    " I truly enjoy Naomi Ragen's writing style. From the moment you pick up one of her books, you're hooked! The Tenth Song was no different. I also like that I can relate to the places in Israel that she talks about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solkon | 4/17/2011

    " I loved this book. For me it was a page turner. I am a big fan of Naomi Ragen and this book certainly didn't disappoint me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Louise | 4/2/2011

    " This is a contrived predictable silly novel- not worth anyone's time or energy. I don't see how this author has any kind of following. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 2/25/2011

    " Maybe a 2.5.....story of a Jewish accountant accused of laundering money for terrorist groups and the havoc it wrecks on his life and the life of his family when he is arrested. Wraps up a little too neatly and quickly. Some good thoughts scattered throughout, but just didn't quite do it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sande | 2/23/2011

    " It started out slow but did pick up. A nice Jewish family, daughter attending Harvard Law school. Father is a CPA who has his own company. The father is picked up by the FBI for sending money to terrorist organizations. Interesting and shows how it affects the whole family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 2/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time was The Ghost of Hannah Mendes"- this does not compare, but Ragen takes a potentially "real life" situation and her connection with faith, God and Israel takes center stage. Worth the read, and there were some passages I actually highlighted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trudy | 2/5/2011

    " A Jewish account is accused of helping launder money for a terrorist group. The story os his family--reactions and actions. People shun them as they fight to redeem their identity. Sometimes sweet, sometimes sappy, sometimes great pearls of wisdom reavealed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 2/4/2011

    " Read in a review that this book is really good. Didn't really like it - was quite boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 1/27/2011

    " Especially good if you are interested in 'JAP' culture, law, financial acts of terror, and finding oneself! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/17/2011

    " Very good book...enjoyed the plot and the writing style! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dottie | 1/9/2011

    " Jewish family...father accused of funding terrorists - daughter flees to Israel and 'finds her calling/self/love'. An uneven book.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 1/4/2011

    " It was an enjoyable read, but the actions of some of the characters stretched my ability to suspend belief - and I have an incredible ability to suspend belief! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 12/14/2010

    " It was a bit predictable - father gets in trouble, spoiled daughter flees, then helps to prove his innocence. Love angle for daughter also predictable, but a couple of twists and some great insights in the book. Well written. Just a nice read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lkgallop | 11/30/2010

    " My jewish friends will like this book although it is a bit hokey I finished it very quickly.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wanda | 11/29/2010

    " About a Jewish family--mostly their youngest daughter. It was O.K. "

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About the Author

Naomi Ragen, an American born in New York, has lived and worked in Jerusalem for the past four decades and is the author of several international bestsellers, an award-winning play, and an influential and widely read website. An iconoclast, an Orthodox woman, and a fiercely outspoken advocate for gender equality, her novels hold a unique place in the Jewish library. Her first book, Jephte’s Daughter, was listed among the one hundred most important Jewish books of all time. Her other titles include The Covenant, The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, The Sacrifice of Tamar, and The Saturday Wife.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.