• The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Jane Gilman
  • Narrated by: Susan Jane Gilman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-06-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (6 ratings)


In 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. Bedazzled by tales of gold and movie stardom, she tricks them into buying tickets for America. Yet no sooner do they land on the squalid Lower East Side of Manhattan, than Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street.
Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, she manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness. As she learns the secrets of his trade, she begins to shape her own destiny. She falls in love with a gorgeous, illiterate radical named Albert, and they set off across America in an ice cream truck. Slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, "The Ice Cream Queen" -- doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality.
Lillian's rise to fame and fortune spans seventy years and is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio 54. Yet Lillian Dunkle is nothing like the whimsical motherly persona she crafts for herself in the media. Conniving, profane, and irreverent, she is a supremely complex woman who prefers a good stiff drink to an ice cream cone. And when her past begins to catch up with her, everything she has spent her life building is at stake.
©2014 Susan Jane Gilman (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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Critic reviews

"[A] standout travel memoir...Gilman's descriptions of their trials and tribulations crackle with wit." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 02-12-14

Fabulous Story, Questionable Narrator

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Hired someone else to do the narration. Not all authors should narrate their own books. It took a lot for me to get past her voice. There was little difference between the characters' voices and it was clear she was not a skilled narrator. The story, however, was fabulous.

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This story was excellent. It was not the story I was expecting from the cover. The cover suggests a more "girlish" story line, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the characters and the story itself. I would most definitely recommend the book. I eventually got used to the narrator, but I have to admit I almost returned the book after the first few chapters and would have had I not become so interested in the story.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Karen Weisneck on 22-02-15

More, please

I listened to this over the summer and just loved it, author-narrator and all. I sneak up on this Audible page every so often, hoping to find something new by this author.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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