Good, though disturbing story. Matti Friedman did a great piece of research leaving me even more interested in the history of the Aleppo Codex, but the choice of narrator was unfortunate. But when a narrator, even a solid one like Simon Vance, encounters an unfamiliar foreign name or term, e.g., the frequently recurring name, "Ben-Zvi", s/he should ask someone rather than simply wing it with a plausible guess.
It sounds like a minor complaint, but I think every knowledgeable listener will wince as I did at every occurrence of "Ben-Zvi". Unfortunately, it tends to break the spell.
This is the first Audible selection out of many, many, many, that I wish I had read rather than heard. The last one I recall like this is "People of the Book", by Geraldine Brooks???an otherwise terrific book that was even more seriously undermined to my ear by uninformed---but otherwise fine---narration.
Jeff Woodman's incredible narration was the perfect topping to this great story. The plot, characters, dialog, quirky setting and atmosphere???and the narration???were all outstanding! Deep as I was into the unfolding story, there were numerous times when I just marveled at the narration [like the calls from Dorkus, for example]. Thank you, gentlemen.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and was happy to find this well constructed novel with engaging primary and secondary characters, rich setting (just post-WWII Europe) and a plot that holds the reader's interest. This novel is relatively short. Unlike a prior reviewer, I never felt that it was overwritten. Also, the narration was perfect.
Tip top story, masterful narration! The variation in the voices, the accents, the little chuckles, the winces, the range of emotion, the sounds???I feel sorry for those that only read the print version. I can't do justice in this little box to how completely Craig Wasson brought this already terrific story to life. Bravo!
I enjoyed the print version but cannot recommend it as an audio book---unless you don't know how the namers are supposed to be pronounced. Why do publishers allow narrators to make up their own pronunciations? The rampant mispronunciation of many, many Hebrew words and names (even relatively well known ones like Sinai) is very jarring. Worse, though, in the ear of the listener it tends to undermine the credibility and authoritativeness of the author, even though that is unfair and not really logical. Paul Johnson must be aghast at what was done to his opus.
(For those who don't know how the names are actually pronounced, I would give this 4 stars)
Terrific story, beautifully written, magnificently narrated with fantastic and varied voices and accents. I have listened to many, many audiobooks, and this may be my favorite. I don't know why, but I had no interest in India, was desperate for a book and picked this one, skeptically, solely on its high score here. It was a great decision. The plot, characters, writing, tone, narration were all wonderfully created and engagingly delivered. Again, wow!
This was an excellent listen. One fascinating nugget after another. Once you get used to the author's voice, then his pronunciation, accent and delivery make it hard to imagine simply reading the print version. A language study such as this lends itself particularly well to audio treatment. Thank you, Mr. Wex.
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