This book is among the best of the numerous Audible books I own.
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.
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.
A Full Life!
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!
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.
"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.
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