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Scot

Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (176)

    One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain inspired a literary revolution. The novel offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal; he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization".

    Andrea says: "Terrific interpretion of an excellent story"
    "Could not have been better"
    Overall

    Thank you Patrick Frahley (book reader) for bringing Mark Twain's masterpiece to life for me in a way that would have been impossible by just reading to myself. You did the many voices and characters with such perfection that I thought surely there was an entire cast performing; it was to believe you did them all! There is absolutely no doubt that Twain himself would have approved "most powerfully" of your performance.

    The book itself is work of high perfection. I have been enriched by the experience. I feel like a time traveler to the pre-civil war south told through the eyes of an innocent (but in reality brilliant)boy of about 12 (Huck Finn). Forget all your sterotypes of any kind; here you will see that reality is more richly complex than any sterotypes. For although this is a work of fiction, there is real history here. You too will feel as though you are with Huck. How sad I felt when the book ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    O Jerusalem! is the epic drama of 1948, when Arabs and Jews fought for control of the city of Jerusalem. This story traverses centuries and continents, covering the time between WWII and the creation of the independent state of Israel. Based on five years of intensive research and thousands of interviews, this is a story of courage, terrorism, heroism, and ultimately, war.

    Aaron says: "Excellent book!"
    "Distorted"
    Overall

    The other reviewers are not correct when they say that this book is from the Jewish perspective, no doubt because it discusses Jewish persecution throughout history. But in its portrayal of the founding of modern Israel, the authors are clearly biased towards the Arabs. No mention is made that the final Balfour Declaration was a watered down version of the original under Arab pressure; no mention is made that original Palestine included most of the land that is now called Jordan. No mention is made of the infamous British white paper of 1939 severely limiting Jewish immigration and forbidding Jews from living east of the Jordan River; no mention is made that Palestine was a mere backwater, that it was never a national entity, but merely a terrorial part of what was usually called greater Syria. No mention is made that the vast majority of Arabs living in Palestine in 1948 were recent immigrants who came because Jewish industry had transformed in from a malaria infested swamp into a productive land, which created economic opportunities that had heretofore not existed; no mention is made of the Arab pogroms before 1948; no mention is made of the Jerusalem grand Mufti's visit to Auchwitz under the invitation of Aichmann, where he was an enthusiastic supporter of the mass murder of Jews. These are just some of the omissions that the authors make. Omissions are worse than lies.

    27 of 35 people found this review helpful

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