My Mother and I

Narrated by:
Sue Anderson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2015
3 hours 36 minutes
Elizabeth Stern was two and a half years old, when her family emigrated from Poland to Pittsburgh. My Mother and I is the story of Stern's Americanization and how it ultimately alienated her from her parents. Stern's father had been a small village rabbi. Strict and traditional in his views, he sends Elizabeth to learn Hebrew at age four, so she can fulfill her destiny "as the wife of a rabbi or scholar," but he opposes letting her attend high school. Stern's mother tries fitfully to pry open doors for her daughter. When Stern's father finds Elizabeth reading a secular book, and, in a fit of rage, flings the offending novel onto the top of a tall bookcase, her mother climbs on a chair and retrieves it for her. But Stern's mother never learns English even as it becomes her daughter's primary language--and she is burdened by endless pregnancies (she ultimately bears 11 children, only the first 4 of whom survive). Stern's relationship with her mother is loving, but when Elizabeth goes to college, they draw apart. Her mother becomes a "shadowy figure," standing with "questioning, puzzled eyes", eyes in which there is love, "but no understanding, and always an infinite loneliness." - Summary by Sue Anderson
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Elizabeth D

The narrator was so monotonous and spoke with unexpected pauses and phrasing that I couldn't listen for more than 15 minutes.

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Ginger J.

I thought the book was interesting. The narrator did nothing to enhance the book.

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Very interesting history of the divide which often occurred between the emigrants & their children.

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a poignant story of how family dynamics change as a child matures

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The voice is annoying sounded like a robot

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