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Exodus | [Leon Uris]

Exodus

Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon - the towering novel of the 20th century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies - the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. Here is Exodus - one of the great best-selling novels of all time.

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Publisher's Summary

Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon - the towering novel of the 20th century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies - the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. Here is Exodus - one of the great best-selling novels of all time.

©2011 Leon Uris (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Passionate summary of the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people in Europe, of the exodus in the 19th and 20th centuries to Palestine, and of the triumphant founding of the new Israel." (The New York Times)

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    Meaghan Wartrace, TN, United States 08-22-12
    Meaghan Wartrace, TN, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2006

    I'm a 24-year-old woman who loves to read. The longer the book, the better. The Stand, The Help and The Hunger Games are my favorites.

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    "My favorite book of ALL Time"

    I'm very afraid that nothing I say is going to do this book justice, but I'm going to try. I read this book when I was a senior in High-School and I loved it then. That was 7 years ago. I've been requesting this book for a while so needless to say, I was overjoyed when I found it on audible this morning. What attracted me to this novel from the beginning was my fascination with Israel and how it became a nation in 1948. I had just returned from a trip to Israel 6 months before I read Exodus for the first time. so I knew a lot of the history. This book brought back not only knowledge but also memories of places in Israel where I had gone. It was bitter-sweet. This novel makes me feel like I'm coming home. What tugged at my heart about this novel the most was the characters. To me, these are some of the best in literature. You really get to see who these people are. They make mistakes, they laugh, they love, they quarrel, Etc., and the reader feels all that. Uris really brings out the conflicts, the emotions, the tension, Etc. so very well. I feel like I am inside the book. I'm on chapter 10, but I'm already hooked. The narrator does a good job I think. If you have any kind of interest in Israel, I'd say read this book. I love it and can't wait to finish it. To me, this book is like a pair of worn jeans. It just feels good. I hope audible puts up Trinity and Redemption next. Thank you audible. You have no idea how happy you've made me today.:)

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    R. Fullerton, CA, United States 04-12-13
    R. Fullerton, CA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Classic Done Wonderfully"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Paul Michael is a fabulous narrator. He handles characters as diverse as a Hagganah soldier and a teen aged girl with equal aplomb, A Master.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ari Ben-Canaan


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    Ari Ben-Canaan


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

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    Any additional comments?

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vanja Dayton, OH, United States 11-25-12
    Vanja Dayton, OH, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Heartwrenching, thrilling and excellent"

    This is one of the greatest stories I've ever heard. I can't remember a time when I cried so often about a book and its content. Some passages are so gut-wrenching. One might think this is a bad thing but it isn't. It shows how very impressive it is and captivating. If you are interested in jewish history, you have to read or hear this book.
    I can recommend the book a 100%! I will hear it more than once.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 01-16-14
    Brenda 01-16-14
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    "Not for me"

    I really wanted to like this book due to my interest in the Middle East and the history of the Jews along with the reputation of Leon Uris as a great author, but it just didn't capture my imagination. Maybe it's because it seems to be written in a slightly outdated style that seems to marginalize female characters, or perhaps it just moves too slowly. Regardless, after getting about half way through it, I'm moving on to try to find something else that will give me the history I want in a manner that I better enjoy. Thanks Audible for providing the opportunity to return unliked books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pam K. Thomas arkadelphia, arkansas United States 02-28-13
    Pam K. Thomas arkadelphia, arkansas United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Uris Masterpiece"
    Where does Exodus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    That is hard to say. I listened to Exodus many years ago with a different reader. I liked that version better. This reader was good,though. I gave him four stars. The book is an all time favorite. I read it many years ago and fell in love with Israel and Leon Uris. I love all his books.I would love to see you do QBVII.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of the Holocaust and the building of the state of Israel.The characters and their trials stay with you for a long time.This is a very heartwrenching book. If you don't want a lump in your throat,don't bother with this one.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    This was a smooth performance. The only critique I could think of,was a slight lack of passion.That might be my taste. When I read Uris I always feel over the top emotionally.It was a wee bit dry to me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I could hardly stop even though I had read the book and listened to it before.Leon Uris is a very exciting writer.If you haven't read him before,Exodus is the one to start with.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Svetlana Zavalkovskiy 12-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Bzbook

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    "Must read"
    If you could sum up Exodus in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, historically accurate with good story of the main characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    Emotional story


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narration, reflecting emotions of the characters


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    augustine 09-17-14
    augustine 09-17-14
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    "Dated, late 50's perspective"

    This is a dated look at the Middle East. It is sexist, with all the woman and men behaving as if they were in a 1950's Hollywood war movie. The many pages are simply rewritten sections geared to the new historical event being written about.

    Herman Wouk is a much better writer of this genre and his stories are far more balanced than Uris.

    I gave it 3 stars because of the historical influence this novel had on popular opinion in the western world.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada 06-16-14
    Roberta Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada 06-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sounds more like a history lesson than a novel"
    Would you try another book from Leon Uris and/or Paul Michael?

    I would only listen to another book by Leon Uris if I was sure it was a story, not a history lesson :(


    What was most disappointing about Leon Uris’s story?

    I enjoyed the parts that were story. I did not enjoy the hours of history of the Jews. I know it's possible to weave history into historical fiction without lecturing for hours.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    His efforts to depict different characters through different accents and tones was distracting.


    What character would you cut from Exodus?

    None. The book needs more characters, not less.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed in this book. I tried very hard to give it a good chance. But I just can't listen to any more plodding history lessons. I'm giving up on this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin mexico city, Mexico 11-19-13
    Benjamin mexico city, Mexico 11-19-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Novel very realistic"
    What made the experience of listening to Exodus the most enjoyable?

    the story line and many sub stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Exodus?

    the ending is most unexpected


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    Ari Ben Kanan


    If you could rename Exodus, what would you call it?

    History of Israel


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scooter 05-17-13
    Scooter 05-17-13
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    "The book hasn't aged all that well"

    A lot has changed in the middle east since this book was written, and a lot has changed in the way popular fiction is written. So this tome hasn't aged all that gracefully. That said, the narrator does a very good job with the material. I think the book is too long, although I made it all the way through.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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