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  • The Lawgiver: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Peter Riegert, Zosia Mamet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    At the center of The Lawgiver is Margo Solovei, a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multi-billionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including a reunion with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business. Two other key characters in the novel are Herman Wouk himself and his wife of more than 60 years, Betty Sarah, who, almost against their will, find themselves entangled in the Moses movie .

    Amazon Customer says: "OMG, Herman Wouk is still brilliant at 97!!"
    "A Different Wouk, Decent Story, Painful Narration"
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    The first sentence of the description reads "For more than 50 years, legendary author Herman Wouk has dreamed of writing a novel about the life of Moses." THIS IS NOT THAT NOVEL. It is a novel about making a movie on the subject. The description goes on to explain that; however, it is easy to focus on the opening sentence of the paragraph. The novel is not what I expected, but it would be unfair to base a review on that, so this review is based upon the actual novel, not my expectation.

    I've always enjoyed Wouk, especially Winds of War, War and Remembrance, and The Caine Mutiny. This is a very different style, and is a very short book in comparison to most other works. I moderately enjoyed the actual story, and the different style kept my attention. Was it worth my time in listening? Yes, as a short story. I don't think I could have handled a lengthy one in this style. It is short enough that its value (cost per listening hour) is questionable, but in retrospect I don't feel my credit was totally wasted (based upon the story itself).

    As for the performance? The male narrator is very good. The female narrator, however, is atrocious. She sounds like a bored seventh-grader doing a mandatory reading in class. Her intonation is that of valley girl, with a touch of gargled gravel at the end of each sentence. She is painful to hear. The shortness of this novel was a blessing that made it marginally tolerable.

    Overall, three stars. Check out the sample (I didn't, and don't know if her voice is sampled) and decide for yourself. Wouk fans will probably want to put a checkmark in the "read" box; for others, it's probably worth passing.

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