An incredible saga.
It was a shame McCullough's publishers didn't hire a better "voice" for this long book. Nelson Runger's desire to read this story in a variety of accents fell quite short of the mark for Spanish. Since a good portion of it needed a French accent, I suppose that is what they were looking for. But the constant repetition of French names, rendered with a "foreign" accent, made it difficult for me to keep the characters straight. In this one respect, I, personally, would have been better off reading the book. On the other hand, the book (really, the tome) is so long, I doubt I would have finished it as quickly.
Thank you Audible for this winter gift. Andersen's sweet fables never grow old, no matter how often read (or heard).
This is the best contemporary fiction I have read in such a long time. The story is masterfully woven and presented. It is a timeless story of loss and resilience. I can only wish the ending could play for all orphans--metaphorical and fostered.
I had no idea about any of this! I am not Jewish, but then, my Reform Jewish friends had no idea about this, either!
I highly recommend this to anyone fascinated by the finds of antiquity. In a sense it is like finding a new cave at Qumran. However, the book only hints at the totality of what was found in the "attic" in Cairo. For scholars who read Hebrew and Arabic, entering the libraries (or, since the collections are being digitized, opening their browsers) which house these finds must be like entering a candy store.
The genizah was "discovered" by western scholars in the 1890s. The documents housed in the attic were thought to be in the thousands and turned out to be in the 100s of thousands, and dated back to the middle ages. Stop reading this quasi-review and read the book. It is well worth the time.
As Constantijn Huygens wrote to René Descartes " it takes the same amount of time to read the work of fools and it does to read what matters" (paraphrase).
I enjoyed the way the author wove his own expedition into the orginal one. It isn't a trek for the average office jockey, but that is just what Adams was. Another long book, but made many commutes painless, and brought me that much closer to purchasing tickets to Lima!
A friend whom I trust recommended this tome, and tome it is! But so worth reading. I enjoyed listening to it, even though it was 40 hours plus! It is read by the author, a person who will never make a living as a voice...but it was excellent to hear him put the emphasis where, as an author, he wanted it to be.
My biggest take-away from the book is that we each rise to the task at hand and deal with what we need to deal with.
The overall story of a dig was moderately interesting, though the dates seemed a bit preposterous. The family melodrama was interesting. Roberts did a good job of intertwining the various "good-guy" families together, but was a bit two-dimensional in describing the "bad-guy families."
I found this to be a hard book to listen to, yet not a book I could walk away from, either. Was it because I had just recently read a rather silly book on haunted Eastern Shore properties, where no attempt was made to beguile the reader into actually believing things were going "bump" in the night? Maddy was portrayed as very real, and worse yet, appearing to different people in different guises. Maybe the twisted feeling I had in my stomach was the precursor to her moving from my iPod into me! Best read on a dark and stormy night....
The narration of Pamela Garelick was spot on.
How many of us can even pretend to live by this sentiment? How many politicians? In this day of virulent political bashing--even from the pulpit, how many clergy, even, can say this? So the story of this man, this ordinary, honest, rail-splitting, Father Abraham, alone rates five stars.
I down rate the narration simply because I feel the narrator attempted, but did not carry-off, the Hoosier twang or the Illionois accent: Lincoln must have had some combination of these (even Kentucky). But other than that, I thought the narrator, Bill Weideman, did a good job. I did not hear him breathe, nor did he swallow excessively...two of my real complaints too often.
Overall, I suppose, biographies have a need for repetition of the same or similar material in various sections due to then nature of the uses that students will put the volume through. If I could, I would deduct half a star here, but that is an Amazon feature.
The audio editing is terrible. The period at the end of the last sentence of a chapter is totally ignored, not even a breath is seemingly taken, before the next chapter begins.
I guess the book was performed in the early days of digital recording?
Perhaps it would be a good book, but I cannot even bring myself to finish the second chapter.
Some books just need to be read with the eyes and not with the ears?
Tremendously moving. I think listening to the audio recording was probably more powerful than reading a printed version. I made the decision to read this book after reading a review that said Weisel's wife's translation (from the French) was superb.
Guidall's narration was quite dramatic, but never overly so.
Weisel had a difficult time finding a publisher originally. He was an unknown writer writing about an episode in history most wanted to forget, and some didn't believe had happened.
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