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Gregory

Davis, CA, 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
    (262)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    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!"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    This book was so richly detailed that it is hard to believe that it is non-fiction, and yet a quick check for names, places, and objects on the web revealed everything just as dictated in this terrific saga. Absolutely incredible! This was the longest audiobook I've attempted so far and I found myself yearning for long drives and hikes to justify listening to it at length. Thankfully the Mountain Loop Highway outside of Seattle provided just the trick! Be ready to spend late nights huddled up to your bedside speakers cursing and cheering on the various protagonists and antagonists.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Who Owns the Land?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stanley Ellisen, Charles H. Dyer
    • Narrated By Charles H. Dyer
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    The story of the Jews is high drama with a divine component, but much of the plot has been veiled. In retrospect, one can see their powerful influence throughout eastern and western history, swaying world events, building up and bringing down kingdoms and dominions. Fortunately, Jewish historians have preserved a vast literature on their people's tumultuous history, and the bitter details are indispensable if we are to rightly understand the explosive tensions in the Middle East today.

    Adam Helberg says: "Good review from a Christian perspective"
    "Good start"
    Overall

    This book provides a succinct survey of jewish history leading toward a foundation for understanding the current geopolitical crisis through the eyes of a literal interpretation of religious texts. It goes so far as to conclude with an entire chapter devoted to religious arguments on both sides of the debate, which was unexpected. It would have been helpful if the jewish history was balanced with more text on islamic history. Insufficient information was provided on the role of the Ottoman Empire in the region. Also, an interpretation of both histories without the goggles of religion would have been interesting in light of academic research on the original authors of the Old Testament.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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