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Patrick

nellysford, VA, USA

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  • O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    O Jerusalem! is the epic drama of 1948, when Arabs and Jews fought for control of the city of Jerusalem. This story traverses centuries and continents, covering the time between WWII and the creation of the independent state of Israel. Based on five years of intensive research and thousands of interviews, this is a story of courage, terrorism, heroism, and ultimately, war.

    Aaron says: "Excellent book!"
    "makes sense of current mideast madness"
    Overall

    when seeking the roots of the current quagmire in the middle east, this book captures the seminal moments of its modern inception. its focus on people, on individuals, on the minute events of daily life give it a force no political/cultural analysis could equal. gives me goosebumps...and i'm no more 'for' one side, arab or jew, than the other. very egalitarian. non-partisan. masterful.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1573)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (415)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "it's an okay modern story"
    Overall

    as modern novels go, it's just fine. for all the hype in the new yorker etc, it moves kind of slowly; but, it's a semi-realistic tale of a corporate, amoralistic, non-narcissistic, non-introspective guy going through life with the superficial desires we all have to some degree or another. not great literature, but...amusing. perhaps the ending and denoument will redeem its first-half more-than-acceptable listenability. it's not 'lime twig' or '1948', but it's a whole lot better then tv.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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