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Sanford H.

Silver Spring, MD, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 367 titles in library
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  • Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Bernard Lewis, Buntzie Ellis Churchill
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Few historians end up as historical actors in their own right, but Bernard Lewis has both witnessed and participated in some of the key events of the last century. When we think of the Middle East, we see it in terms that he defined and articulated.In this exceptional memoir he shares stories of his wartime service in London and Cairo, decrypting intercepts for MI6, with sometimes unexpected consequences. After the war, he was the first Western scholar ever invited into the Ottoman archives in Istanbul.

    Sanford H. says: "Can't Get Enough of the Book"
    "Can't Get Enough of the Book"
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    Where does Notes on a Century rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is among the best of the numerous Audible books I own.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a frank, honest and revealing story about the life of the great historian, Bernard Lewis. I have been fascinated by Lewis' other books on the Middle East, but this one brings together all of them, while putting them in perspective. I loved hearing about every aspect of Lewis' personal development and the changes that he has undergone.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Lister – was your favorite?

    There is really only one character and that is Bernard Lewis. I kept feeling that the narrator was in fact Lewis himself. Lister's performance was so perfect. His English, French and Italian could not be better.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Full Life!


    Any additional comments?

    I most highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to understand the triumph, joy and tribulations of a great historian. The book is forthright and places the pursuit of truth at the forefront of scholarship, no matter the personal consequences. Audible, you've done it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Aaron Lansky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Recipient of the MacArthur “genius” fellowship and founder of the National Yiddish Book Center, Lansky recounts his efforts to rescue the world’s abandoned Yiddish-language books before they pass out of existence. Outwitting History follows Lansky’s far-flung travels and features the engaging men and women he meets along the way.

    BabsD says: "I laughed, I cried"
    "A Truly Great Story of Rescue"
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    What did you love best about Outwitting History?

    It is rare to be so captivated by a book from the first moment."Outwitting History" is a book of immense power, told about the saving of a people's literature from oblivion. Aaron Lansky is to be applauded for what he has succeeded in accomplishing and in relating it to the world in such a powerful way. I cannot begin to express my appreciation for his saving the mama loshon--the language of my mother, Yiddish, from extinction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Each chapter has its own specialness.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is truly worthy of a one sitting listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Aaron Lansky is the author of the book and to my mind its hero. He does a superb job on all accounts. The narrator,George Guidall's, English and Yiddish are both beautiful. I was convinced that it was Lansky himself. This is one book not to be missed. A friend in Sydney, Australia suggested the book to me. I am forever grateful. I cannot stop talking about how wonderful this audiobook is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Millennium Park Chicago

    • ORIGINAL (41 mins)
    • By City of Chicago
    • Narrated By Kim Fowler
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Chicago's Millennium Park is an unparalleled public center for art, music, architecture, and landscape design. The result of a unique partnership between the City of Chicago and the philanthropic community, the 24.5-acre park features the work of world-renowned architects, planners, artists, and designers.

    Sanford H. says: "Chicago is Great!"
    "Chicago is Great!"
    Overall

    Chicago is my city. I loved this program on major aspects of the downtown and lakefront areas of the city. The presentation was clear, the voices pleasant and persuasive. Since I travel extensively, I am often away from home. I visited the city within just a few months of listening to the Audible presentation. Listening only enhanced my appreciation of what I saw, giving background that few would know and have thought of before. I most highly recommend this for the veteran Chicagoan as well as for anyone planning to visit my beloved city.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End as Beginning: An Audio Exploration of the Jewish View of Death

    • ORIGINAL (51 mins)
    • By Rebecca Sheir
    • Narrated By Rebecca Sheir
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This three-part documentary examines the Jewish view of death and the afterlife.

    D. Littman says: "very entertaining short piece"
    "Does Judaism Believe in an Afterlife?"
    Overall

    "The End as Beginning" is a valuable introduction to questions of death and dying in Judaism. The presentation is engaging, the voices demonstrate honesty and sincerity. While I am happy to recommend this to all who are on a quest to understand how to come to grips with the most difficult part of one's life, dealing with end of life issues and after-care of loved ones, I must present the prospective listener with a caveat. This presentation reflects a significant segment of American Jewry, mostly Reform, Conservative and some Reconstructionist, but it ignores the vast majority of historical, traditional Judaism, especially orthodoxy. The presenters often speak in cliches, repeat quips about Jews, pocking fun at themselves, but do not seem to know a great deal about the halakhah (Jewish Law) and Jewish belief. While individuals may choose to believe or not in the soul, the hereafter, and the resurrection of the dead; one cannot deny the belief system of Judaism that holds these beliefs as sacred throughout the millennia. "The End as Beginning" would benefit from an additional voice that speaks with clarity on the issues of traditional Jewish faith. At least, it should have given a disclaimer of sorts, saying that this is how one segment of the North American Jews have dealt with a crisis in their lives. Nonetheless, I feel that this piece is a valiant effort.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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