Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $34.13

After 2 months, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

In 2009, at the age of 23, Deborah Feldman packed up her young son and their few possessions and walked away from her insular Hasidic roots. She was determined to forge a better life for herself, away from the rampant oppression, abuse, and isolation of her Satmar upbringing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Out of her experience came the incendiary, best-selling memoir Unorthodox, and now, just a few years later, Feldman has embarked on a triumphant journey of self-discovery - a journey in which she begins life anew as a single mother, an independent woman, and a religious refugee.

Taking her cues from favorite childhood books read in secret and the modern classics only recently introduced to her, Feldman explores the United States, from San Francisco to Chicago, New Orleans, and the Southwest. In her travels, and at home, Feldman redefines her sense of identity - no longer Orthodox, she comes to terms with her Jewishness by discovering a world of like-minded outcasts and misfits committed to self-acceptance and healing. Inwardly, Feldman has navigated remarkable experiences: raising her son in the “real” world, finding solace and solitude in a writing career, and searching for love.

Culminating in an unforgettable trip across Europe to retrace her grandmother’s life during the Holocaust, Exodus is a deeply moving exploration of the mysterious bonds that tie us to family and religion, the bonds we must sometimes break to find our true selves. Feldman proves herself again to be a captivating storyteller, and her singular life has been an inspiration to countless others and for listeners everywhere.

©2014 Deborah Feldman (P)2014 Penguin Audio

What listeners say about Exodus

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    19
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Couldn’t stop listening

Love that Deborah narrated it herself . So descriptive , so beautifully written . I feel like the author is my friend . Have had similar experiences even though my life is so different . Love the way she tells her story ! Xxx

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Exodus

l enjoyed it. interesting insight into Jewish feelings and emotions. Good read by author too

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Started OK

I was very interested to read this book having seen the series on Netflix. It certainly started ok but as I got further into it I just did not enjoy the many sex scenes and discussion around them. I am sympathetic that she had problems but I just did not want to hear about them (maybe because of the times we are living in?). Disappointed as it had such promise.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Charlene S. Gibson
  • Charlene S. Gibson
  • 01-05-2020

A Stream of Conscious Experience...

I waited to do both of my book reviews until I had completed listening to both Unorthodox and Exodus. I expected Exodus to have the same level of depth and Intrigue as Unorthodox and left feeling disappointed.

Providing a disjointed account of her travels while she sought to understand her grandmother's Holocaust experience and more about her own life, she shares random and iften disjointed stories about certain people, experiences with anti-Semitism and her life after leaving her community.

I loved Unorthodox...both the book and the series, but feel that this one will only be for die-hard fans who want to learn a little bit more. I expected much more depth and insight and felt that both were promised and so I left the book feeling underwhelmed.

That said, I highly recommend Unorthodox and this one only if you want more of her subsequent experience told in her own voice and don't mind the lack of introspection that it seems to promise and you are okay with following along a stream of conscious experience.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Débora Finkielsztejn
  • Débora Finkielsztejn
  • 19-05-2020

Touching

When I finished listening to "Unorthodox", I thought I needed more of Debora Feldman's story. Then I realized that she had a second book and that she was the one reading it. One cannot miss her second book. I cried in so many paragraphs. Just love it.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sean Devereaux
  • Sean Devereaux
  • 19-05-2020

Unoriginal writing. All over the place.

we really didint need to hear about every.single.guy that she came across and slept or didint sleep with, it got tedious and boring. Also she seems to be often shocked by things that don't require that kind of response.
p.s I am a woman, the account is under my husband's name.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dyan Constantine
  • Dyan Constantine
  • 26-05-2020

What a Drag

The story was pointless as a follow up to Unorthodox. I am still trying to figure why we needed to hear this story and why it could have been an extension to the previous book. I learnt nothing, just that the author seemed judgmental.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Clr
  • Clr
  • 11-05-2020

Exodus from Unorthodoc

Really enjoyed finding out what happened after Deborah left Berlin and how her life outside came together from within.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nancy
  • Nancy
  • 25-03-2021

Great idea to read her own book

In the background is Debrahs’ love for her grandmother, who was lost to her. The book is not just about the author trying to find herself but also to “become” her grandma in her youth, to deeply identify with her sufferings . In so doing the author tells us about the Holocaust from one person’s view . We learn too about how Europe has processed their history.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for megan nixon
  • megan nixon
  • 23-11-2020

Obnoxious

I loved Unorthodox, but this book Was obnoxious. The relationships she’s entered and her obsession with making every single tiny detail in her life about about being Jewish even though she made such a big deal of leaving her religion was just like, shuuuut up already. I couldn’t even finish it

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rivkah Kay
  • Rivkah Kay
  • 30-10-2020

Deborah’s exodus

Deborah’s description of the changes in her life after her departure from Hassidic Judaism is interesting to hear. I would have preferred a different narrator but the author still did a pretty good job.

It is tragic to have to choose between losing one’s family and losing oneself. In the end I believe she made the right choice.

I was disappointed that she did not share more about her relationship with her mom and son so I hope for a 3rd book.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bess
  • Bess
  • 23-10-2020

monotonous

not much enthusiasm from the author telling the story. i found myself wandering at times

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Joan Zak
  • Joan Zak
  • 28-09-2020

Much better than Unorthodox

A more mature Deborah writes this book and, while still emphasizing unfairness, gives us interesting examples of different cultures. Overall, her journey is more positive. Her mispronunciation of some words is distracting and surprising for someone who prides herself on her English.

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for MISS A SMITH
  • MISS A SMITH
  • 25-04-2020

Wonderful!

I listened to this memoir straight after listening to the first, Unorthodox, and it exceeded all expectations. The difference between the two stories reflects the huge journey Deborah has been on.. the somewhat cold perspective delivered in Unorthodox, written during a time of great upheaval, is here replaced with a much more emotional and reflective narrative, perhaps helped by the author now being the speaker also. Here we follow Deborah's struggles to find roots and meaning in a new world - a story uniquely her own, but from which most readers will find something to relate, and lots to learn. It is beautifully done, and I would urge everyone to give it a listen.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Stella N
  • Stella N
  • 26-04-2020

A self-discovery journey

This is the second book of the author that I have read. Looking forward to her next book.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-2021

Nothing like the first book

As with many literary masterpieces, the sequel is a great disappointment. Confusing, hard to read and not half as engaging as Unorthodox. I wished I had better things to say.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Shea Wills
  • Shea Wills
  • 12-01-2021

The first book was about her abuse, the second book is about her being an abuser

This is a book that gets a lot of unfair criticism, so I feel bad that I have some criticism of my own to add.

I’ll start with the good: the first 3/4s of the book is pretty decent. It’s interesting to have a coda to Unorthodox and see Deborah’s journey after she left her Hasidic community. She is a flawed person, and she’s bold enough to show that.

That said, the final 1/4 ruin the book and make me seriously regret ever reading it. Spoilers from here on out.

So, she starts role playing with German men that they’re Nazis and she’s being stopped and harassed by them. That is shocking, but some kinks are. I’m also of the opinion that as long as everything is safe, sane, and consensual people can do whatever they like. The problem is, these role plays don’t feel entirely consensual. While I don’t expect an ex-Hasidic Jew to know the finer points of consent and after care in BDSM (even knowing a pro dome from her uni days), she should have realised there was something she needed to look into after her first encounter.

This unfortunately escalated into the final relationship she talks about in the book in which she perpetrates some of the absolute worst emotional abuse I’ve ever heard recounted by an abuser. I kept waiting for her to have an epiphany that her behaviour is utterly reprehensible, but it never does. She’s abusive to her boyfriend, she’s abusive to his mum when they visit her in New York, and she just dumps him. The only comfort is knowing this guy is free from her.

If you liked Unorthodox, this is not remotely the same type of story. I highly recommend finding a different memoir

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for ania
  • ania
  • 10-06-2020

A bit boring

In the book the author jumps between events, completely oblivious to chronology, which makes me lose interest. A bit nothingy...

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for deborah mcentee
  • deborah mcentee
  • 15-05-2020

A Must read

Loved it, listened to it all in one day. I just had to know what happened after Unorthodox. Feel like I've learned so much aswell. Please release another book in the UK soon, as I know you won't publish anything in the US whilst Trump is in power.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kwow
  • Kwow
  • 28-04-2020

Very detailed story

unfortunately I didn't enjoy this as much as the first book. I didn't enjoy the narrators voice , the story wasn't really about what I had expected, it was interesting but it wasnt about how she adapted so much was just her travelling and other relationships she had but storyline didn't flow and was no real ending.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Atheana
  • Atheana
  • 16-04-2020

Awesome

I’ve been with Deborah on two of her journeys, Unorthodox and now Exodus. I feel like she has become an acquaintance of sorts, someone who I enjoyed listening to and became enthralled by her story which clearly demonstrated tenacity, grit and perseverance. Sharing Deborah’s journey left me feeling as though I’ve been with her every step of the way. I too share Deborah’s background although not with chadism but with ultra orthodoxy. Perhaps that’s in good part because I too was made to feel an outsider, felt distinctly apart from the community I was living with and so can identify with much of what Deborah endured both in terms of treatment and experiences by those very same people. I too left the fold having been rejected and then in turn rejected those very same who rejected me. I went on to experience the same freedom and life of which Deborah speaks and so can therefore identify much with her journey.

Deborah’s story is all that more extraordinary because she literally started from the bottom and worked her way up, above and beyond all the obstacles which could so easily have prevented her success. Her books are well written and convey a sincerity and truthful honesty which draws the reader in. My only criticism would be that I would have liked, particularly in the follow-up book Exodus, there to have been more detail about her life and how she navigated it post orthodoxy.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.