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Thanks to Lisette Lecat's spirited narration, this is a book that may well be better listened to than read in hard copy. Fuller remembers the richest of childhoods, led during a time of struggle and war in Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe, and later in Malawi and Zambia. Her mother could be dismissed as a bitter, depressed racist, and a drunk. But no! this woman was Alexandra Fuller's mum. And she has an intense of love of family. The book is timely touching and funny: truly out of Africa. Beautifully written and told with wit and wisdom. Spend some time with this one.
Michael Lewis has done it again. When I heard him say "the stock market is rigged", I was skeptical. Thanks to his book I changed my mind. The story is compelling with some very well drawn characters. But I was disappointed by the narration. Perhaps the publisher should have used a journalist to read this book… not an actor. There was too much emphasis on too many words! The narrator should not shout. He is speaking to me in my headphones and is not on a stage.
Part memoir, part history, part provocation, this well reported book is a brilliant account of Israel's past, present and future. "My Promised Land" is deeply personal and moving. It is written by Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit who has deep knowledge and love of his subject: Israel. And yet he is also alive to the blindness of so many Isrselis when they ignore the other: their Arab neighbors. Shavit can be cold-eyed and clear about his nation's many enemies who deny its right to exist. A note about the narration: Paul Boehmer brings an Israeli voice and true authenticity to the production. His nuance and pronounciation are first-rate. He speaks in the voice of the author, just as he should. Listening to this book was a rich and rewarding experience. - Richard Davies
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