Theodore Bikel is an energetic narrator who does well with all the Israeli and Arab names. This is a truly magnificent account of the Israeli War of Independence
the narrator of this audio book was excellent. the book was very long, and because of that the style can become repetitive. but the facts covered were so interesting and the human element involved so moving, it kept my attention throughout the course of the book.
The story is great. It took me several tries to really get into it; this is not a book you can listen to in small intervals and expect to follow along. Once I put it on for a road trip and had about two hours of uninterrupted listening, I was all in.
Definitely would recommend.
I read this book over 18 years ago and it still is as good as I remember.
Now, with the excellent audio performance the story really comes alive.
Of course 5 stars
The birth of Israel is a complex and tragic history of the Jewish people. This book helps explain on small but monumental period in the history of the Hews and Israel. The performance was pure jewish story telling and lent a feel for the events and the people.
O Jerusalem was written with a focus on the individuals in the Jewish community during the seige of Jerusalem and the events leading up to the War of Independence of 1948. It was written in a journalistic style, not unlike "And the Beat Goes On", etc. I could not stop listening.
This narrative was a well-rounded account of the lives of the Sabras, including their romances, their jobs, such as military or intelligence, and the events surrounding the days leading up to the Israeli war of independence. Not all characters are able to be given a deep treatment, as there are so many individuals. Some of the Arab individuals are also covered, but mostly the destructive ones, such as the notorious Hajj Amin Al Huseini, the anti-Jewish Mufti of Jerusalem. The entire book had a simultaneous sense of hope and doom, which is probably what the Jews were feeling. The British had just announced that they were going to leave the area of the British Mandate, and no one knew what the aftermath would look like. This book also covered the incredible preparations made by the Jewish community under the leadership of the amazing David Ben Gurion. Also appreciated is the factual accuracy of events. However, make no mistake, this book is written from a Jewish, Western point of view. There are no Arab heroes, except perhaps for the venerable King Abdullah of Jordan.
Mr. Bikel has an amazing affinity for the Arabic, Hebrew, and Yiddish tongues. It was so genuine. Furthermore, he has a dramatic voice and intonation that makes one feel as if they are at a Shakespeare play and they just want to keep listening. I suspect he is a professional actor of many talents.
Courage under Fire
Never in my live I listened to a such astonishing story.
I could not wait to continue listening, I went from totally amazed to tears.
This book is a must for whom want know more about the founding of the state of Israel, and resourcefulness and creativity of the Jewish people in there battle for Jerusalem and there existence.
I felt like I was part of the history, day by day, sitting in on the war room meetings that changes the course of Jerusalem history