I thought that it would be a book about the contents of the documents found in the Cairo Genizah. It actually is the story of how the documents themselves were found and the in-fighting about how they were handled, bought and sold, and found their way to all parts of the world. There are only a few excerpts from the actual documents, but they are mighty interesting.
I am not a fan of mysteries and thrillers. But my husband is and so I chose it for us to listen to while driving on vacation. Glad I did. Sheldon is this wonderful, old, grumpy, Greatest Generation guy, a fish out of water in cold, dark, gentile Norway. He is Jewish down to his kishkes, not in a religious, go to synagogue way, but in the wrestling with God, justice shall you pursue way. And when he has his chance to heal a little part of the world (and himself), he grabs it without hesitation. A wonderful, insightful, gripping book.
I found it a pleasant distraction while driving, with droll humor and good narration. Short, a good choice as a "palate cleanser", so to speak, between the longer audio books I usually choose.
The story of three generations of the Ashkenazi family and set in 19th and 20th Eastern Europe, its themes are specific to that time and place, yet also universal. Illuminates the clash between traditional Judaism and the Jewish enlightenment, orthodoxy and progress, capitalism and workers rights, accepting the world as it is and risking your life to change it.
Good narration, with the exception of mangling some of the Yiddish.
You know the story, but have you read Dicken's classic words? Fine narration of a story that, to my mind, needs to be heard in the King's English.
So much more interesting that I expected. No one learns about Garfield in school, yet he was such an amazing man. One wonders how American history would be different, had he lived. Lots of tidbits about Garfield, Alexander Graham Bell, post Civil War medicine and more. Well narrated.
A. J. Jacobs is quirky, to say the least. Sort of a cross between George Plimpton and Woody Allen. Listen as he becomes George Washington, a beautiful women, etc. Silly fun, with some insights as well. And, finally! an answer to my question: Who married this guy????
Willa Cather's remembrance of prairie life has embedded in it observations about women's rights and class structure. Yet it is still a charming novel, and the author's love of the prairie is obvious. It is a classic and I need not say more here. Jeff Cummings narration is straightforward and not distracting.
Nothing ruins a book like poor narration. Bronchon Pinchot brought all the characters alive with his great accents, including Author Ben Howe's droll sense of humor. A true story and very funny book about a Paris Review wasp who marries into a 1st generation Korean American family. Howe's love, respect and exasperation at his mother in law is the core of the story. Very enjoyable.
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