This story is a present day twist on the biblical story of Jacob and his mother Rebecca plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed, in order to get their hands on the inheritance, and on the power in the family. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us. Listening to Yankle telling his take on events, we understand the bitter rivalry between him and his brother. We become intimately engaged with every detail of the plot, and every shade of emotion in these flawed, yet fascinating characters. He yearns to become his father's favorite son, seeing only one way open to him, to get that which he wants: deceit.
"What if my father would touch me," asks Yankle. In planning his deception, it is not love for his father, nor respect for his age that drives his hesitation - rather, it is the fear to be found out. And so - covering his arm with the hide of a kid, pretending to be that which he is not - he is now ready for the last moment he is going to have with his father.
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Strong description of family dynamics. Deep understanding of human's weaknesses.
The characters are all described as weak in some ways. I mostly enjoyed listening to their interactions.
Yes, the description of Jacob feeding his brother. First chapter. Also the part when Jacob is getting the blessing from his dying father.
Interesting, funny and fresh look at an old story.
Absolutely! The writing is beautiful, the story compelling, and the narration excellent (and perfectly suited to the tone of the book)
The author's use of language is just incredible. Her prose paints a picture that it's easy to be drawn into (it's no surprise that the author is a visual artist as well).
I enjoyed the opening chapter, when Yankel makes and describes the lentil stew that he will use to buy his brother's birthright.
A Timeless Story of Greed and Betrayal
I was really overwhelmed by the quality of the writing, and really impressed by how well the narration complemented it. This really is a case where the whole becomes greater than the sum of two already excellent parts.
It's very hard for me to place this among my other audio books, which are all either mystery, suspense, or thriller. This is a totally different style of book, so it would have to be looked at as a standalone. That said, this is a superbly produced, high quality piece of work. The story is beautifully written and the narration is top notch.
Although this type of parable-style story set in distant desert lands was completely out of my usual genre, I found it fascinating, and was disappointed when it was over.
I loved the narrator's amazing array of voices. His accents were so well done, I was blown away by his interpretation and acting skills. I will be looking him up to see what else he does in "real life," for he sounded as though he could have done a one man show on Broadway, he was "that" good.
No, but it piqued my curiosity constantly. I loved the twists and turns and symbolic nature of the story and objects highlighted within.
A surprising gem among books - take a listen!
This was a lovely story written about a set of twins fighting for the birthright. Of course the one born first got it, and the second one spent his life jealous of it and finally tricked his brother out of it.
It was beautifully written and flowed so well. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. The narrator was great and did a wonderful job with the voices and narration.
I don't know, I haven't read the print version.
Everything. The writing, the narration... it was all brilliant.
I couldn’t imagine anyone, anyone at all, dramatizing the story as brilliantly as David Kudler!
I believe so.
I’d encourage Uvi to write more such biblical accounts, convince us further just how human these characters are, show us their flaws, their hopes and dreams, take us deep into their psyches and allow us to know them more intimately, as she has here. More. Give us more!
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