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  • A History of the Jews

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

    David says: "Excellent History"
    "The book is great but the narrator is terrible."
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    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical sweep of the Jewish experience from biblical days, through the Kingdoms of Saul, David and Solomon, the diaspora, the rise of antisemitism in Europe and the emergence of a successful Jewish secular society is captured in large and small details.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's voice has an annoying up and down quality, where she hits one syllable loudly and the next softly and the next loudly. It's unpleasant, and it makes it very difficult to hear what she is saying, particularly if you are driving in a car with road noise. The audio should have been modulated in post-production so that the sound maintained a more level loudness. Also, her pronunciation of Jewish names was often odd; perhaps they are the English pronunciations. For example, Maimonides was pronounced My-ma-NI-dees.


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

    The growth of antisemitism sanctioned by the Church and the States of Europe and the horrible things that were done to innocent people in the name of Christ or the King is very difficult to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't know much about the history of the Jews and would like to know more, this is a terrific book.

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