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
"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)
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.:)
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.
I always look for book to learn better than to entertain; but his book has it all. You can learn and have an excellent listen wanting more all the time.
Listening at 2x is perfect narration is also great. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
This is THE most redeeming story I have ever read or listen to. I was moved to tears many times, Not because of the the extreme sadness in the story, but because of the love and compassion that is shown. A story based on fiction could never carry the power that is in this story because it is true, and you can feel that the entire time you're reading it.
A classic which conveys the spirit of israel.. Written over 50 years ago yet as powerful as ever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intense, historically accurate with good story of the main characters
Good narration, reflecting emotions of the characters
This "novel" is one I have meant to read for years. I read and enjoyed other Uris novel when I was young. I wanted to learn more about the founding of Israel. I knew that I would be getting a Jewish slant on things. The novel touches on the Holocaust and World War 2, with most of the story focusing on events after the war leading to the founding of Israel. I am not Jewish, but read things that might give me some perspective on the Middle East. While I realize that there are two sides to every story, I did learn a lot. This book is long. About half of it feels like a novel, and half feels like an historical narrative. It feels a little like the Wouk novels of World War 2, except Wouk's story's felt like novels throughout, with a lot of historical backdrop. Exodus has so much more descriptive history, and it was a little choppy the way he wove in and out of his novel. That said, there were powerful moments, and I did learn a lot. A book has to be pretty good for me to stay with it for 29 hours. The narrator was great. I'm glad I listened.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I read this book many years ago but I decided to listen to it read on Audible and I am so glad I did. I remember loving this book before, but it seemed all new to me this time, especially after witnessing the history of Israel as it has unfolded during my lifetime even right up to today. And what a history they have!
I love how Uris interweaves fact with his fictional story. It is seamless and skillful writing. Paul Michael was the perfect narrator. I've heard some good ones, and he ranks right up there with the best.
If you have any fascination with the birth of the nation of Israel please get this book. Now I want to revisit the movie. Hope it is as good as I remember it. Of course, the book is always better!
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