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Stevie

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  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By T. E. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Although T. E. Lawrence, commonly known as "Lawrence of Arabia’, died in 1935, the story of his life has captured the imagination of succeeding generations. Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a monumental work in which he chronicles his role in leading the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War. A reluctant leader, and wracked by guilt at the duplicity of the British, Lawrence nevertheless threw himself into his role, suffering the blistering desert conditions and masterminding military campaigns which culminated in the triumphant march of the Arabs into Damascus.

    Stevie says: "One of the greatest stories ever told."
    "One of the greatest stories ever told."
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    Would you listen to Seven Pillars of Wisdom again? Why?

    Yes. I have been listening to it again. This memoir has so much detail, and so much happens, and it is so full of strange sounding names of tribes and tribal leaders and places, and so much intrigue, that it is possible to thoroughly enjoy going through it once to get the big picture and then go through it again to go over the details you missed the first time and still thoroughly enjoy it the second time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Seven Pillars of Wisdom?

    There are so many it is difficult to choose, and so much variation. I love the descriptions of Auda of the Abu Tayi and his various exploits. He is such a larger than life character, its almost difficult to believe that such an extraordinary person ever lived. The way Lawrence wrote about Auda, he seemed clearly in awe of him. Some of the battle descriptions are quite grim, but particularly disturbing was the description of his capture and torture by Turkish troops.


    What about Roy McMillan’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a fantastic job. His accents, his timing...I couldn't fault it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed on a few occasions, but more often I found myself going "ewww".


    Any additional comments?

    One of the things that is striking about this book, particularly bearing in mind when it was written, is that it is very personal and honest and Lawrence lets you see inside his head and often enough you would rather not look but he was such an extraordinary and strange man you can't stop yourself listening.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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