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"In Jerusalem, don't ask me the history of facts.Take away the fiction and there's nothing left." (Nazmi Al-Jubeh)
This was an enjoyable listen on audible while roaming around the streets of Jerusalem. If there is one strong sentiment that resonated about this book, it would be Jerusalem's magic/madness that has repeatedly haunted its lovers and led them to the dying need to have to possess the demented city, claim it as their own and fight anyone who disagrees. A mad city, looks like it has always been this way.
Montefiore takes us on a wild journey and captures details that make one look at history through different eyes. I found myself disagreeing with some of the terminology and direction he takes, but this was nevertheless an enjoyable and very educational book that adds drama and suspense to history, with touches of gossip here and there that give away little-known-facts about facts. Well-written and much fun.
It was an excellent performance, but it's easier to find a particular passage in a print edition.
The capture of the Kotel in the 1967 war was thrilling.
This was terrific fun, as well as being packed full of fascinating details and characters. I especially appreciated the insightful and contrasting quotes at the beginnings of the chapters and the trivia in the footnotes.
The book is, quite simply, a revelation. The performance (by the same person who did epics by Hamilton and Reynolds) is breathtaking. it is far better on Audible than when read. It is like going through all three parts of Stoppard's "Coast of Utopia" in one day. It is a wonder.
I would gladly listen again because of the richness of the narrative.
It flows so compellingly. It is like listening to a historical novel.
He brings a richness that makes the story come alive.
No. 25 hours is a long time for one sitting, but it is well worth setting aside like the intermissions in long movies of years ago.
Exvellent rendition of history of Jerusalem
Excellent research of the subject
Not unless I had to
As much as I enjoyed the audio edition, I need the print version as I see this becoming a well worn reference book.
As always, John Lee makes hard history an enjoyable listen.
For all searchers, looking for answers to unanswerable questions about the human condition, "Jerusalem" is an apt place to start.
It is very disjointed; just a paste of notes. I had listened to Young Stalin by this author and anticipated a great book, which makes it even more disappointing.
It is a very long book. I have both the Kindle and Audible versions but they don't synch. Ridiculous. But I really like the book, am reading for teh second time.