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Ronald

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  • 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tom Segev
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Going far beyond a military account, Segev re-creates the crisis in Israel before 1967, showing how economic recession, a full grasp of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made by neighbor states combined to produce a climate of apocalypse. He depicts the country's bravado after its victory and the mood revealed in a popular joke in which one soldier says to his friend, "Let's take over Cairo". The friend replies, "Then what shall we do in the afternoon?"

    Steve says: "Awesome book, atrocious pronounciation"
    "Impossible to Listen To"
    Overall

    This is the most horrific reading of a non-fiction work on Middle Eastern affairs I've yet encountered. Other works (Fiasco, The Looming Towers, etc.) do at least a reasonable stab at pronouncing Middle Eastern terms. But this audio book is intolerable. Starting with the author's name, and then moving on to nearly every place name and proper name, the narrator mispronounces everything, making listening to this production impossible. I'm not expecting native Israeli pronunciation, but I am expecting that the producer and the narrator would make some good faith effort to get the pronunciations in the approximate ballpark. Is there a way to seek out a return amd refund from audible? I'd do it in a second. What a thoroughly unprofessional production!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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