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A History of the Jews Audiobook

A History of the Jews

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1987 Paul Johnson; (P)1989 Blackstone Audio, inc.

What the Critics Say

"It's no mean feat to successfully compress 4,000 years of history into 645 pages, but Johnson has more than met the challenge....an excellent, nonscholarly history for general readers." (Library Journal)
"A tour de force....A remarkable achievement." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A marvelous book....This is history: richly textured, provocative and wise." (The Plain Dealer)

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    Peter A. Lewis Iraq 06-12-16
    Peter A. Lewis Iraq 06-12-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Book. Terrible Narration."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A History of the Jews to be better than the print version?

    The book was great. Typical of Paul Johnson, it was thoroughly researched, interesting to read and listen to, and comprehensive. The problem was the narration. I don't think it was Nadia May's English accent. It was incredibly bad sound engineering. I often had to listen to passages two to five times. More than less, I figured out the gist of what was being read and accepted that is good enough. This is such a great book that I hope they produce another audio version for future listeners. It was still worth the listen.


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    Amazon Customer Lehi, UT United States 05-05-16
    Amazon Customer Lehi, UT United States 05-05-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great book, poor recording"
    Would you listen to A History of the Jews again? Why?

    The information in the book was excellent. Well organized and intelligent.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nadia May?

    Nadia May was a fine reader, but the recording was poor. I could hear other people in the background and the levels made her voice very high pitched at times.


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    Amazon Customer 11-28-15
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    "A great book that exposes the history few know"

    This is a great book about the history of a phenomenal people, the culture and especially the countless ways history has ignored them. A real story detailing the countless contributions of a people who go back father than almost any other group in history despite the repeated attempts at their destruction. I'm not Jewish but read it to get informed about the group and was astonished at how all people have been blessed by the contributions of many of the most influential people in history.
    The number of Nobel Prize winners, percentage of their representation in medicine and the law, as well as the impact in politics by several that made and changed history.
    I recommend it,. At the least to contrast against, what is often taken as historical facts, that are in fact distortions that were written into "history" when propaganda to promote the view by different faiths over the last few thousand years.

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    James Guseilo 08-06-15
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    Best listened to on 1st go without attempting to chronicle the story. Wow, so dense in reference. Rather "hear" the story. I'm thinking after a respite, I'll re-listen. And/or get a hard copy. 👍

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    Dee 05-07-14
    Dee 05-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Very interesting"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The history was very detailed and started much further back than I expected. Very well researched and written.


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    Sean New Albany, OH, USA 04-14-10
    Sean New Albany, OH, USA 04-14-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Tainted with mispronunciationS"

    My review of this text is tainted by the reader's constant mispronunciation of names. How someone can read a text of such historical levity, without first researching how to properly pronounce the names is beyond me.

    In addition, the book is definitely written from an outsider's perspective, and with a Christian misunderstanding of certain aspects of Jewish life and history.

    I am still searching for the perfect text, but this one is only adequate in terms of historical perspective.

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    Aaron Kleinman 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    One caveat - keep Johnson's right-wing ideology in mind. Otherwise beautifully done and thoroughly researched.

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    Nicholas 04-17-13
    Nicholas 04-17-13

    I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.

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    What did you love best about A History of the Jews?

    I loved the same part that I disliked. Paul Johnson has so much info about so many different societies from different centuries.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you are going to read this book you had better have quite a bit of knowledge already about these civilizations and times. Paul Johnson moves quickly through 4000 years and I reallized that this book was too much for me soon after I started it. Reading this book without a substantial knowledge base on the subjects is like trying to play the guitar just having listened to a lot of music and thinking you're just going to breeze through it. It isnt going to happen. I would recommend reading some other books that focus on specific great civilizations throughout history. This book isnt for newbie historians, this thing moves fast and the author seems to believe that you already know a lot. I'm sure it is a great read for people who do know a lot on the subject

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    Kathryn Schwenksville, PA, United States 02-04-13
    Kathryn Schwenksville, PA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, not such good audio"
    What did you love best about A History of the Jews?

    This book gives great insight into the overarching history of the Jewish people, though its breadth takes a bit away from its depth, though this is probably a mercy since there is just so much history to review here!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I'm sorry to say that the narration was not very satisfying. Nadia May is a wonderful reader, but here, perhaps because of poor recording equipment?, her voice sounded yappy and incessant. I was surprised by this since some of her other readings have been among my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books which is great to fall asleep to. I look for a good long book that will send me off to sleep, and this one is definitely in that category! On the other hand, listening to it during my waking hours has been very interesting. My respect for the Jewish people, and my compassion for their years and years of suffering has intensified thanks to this book. I believe that this is the sort of history many people should be aware of.

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    carl morford 09-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "horrible sound quality"

    Really, really frustating. Not the text, it's beyond me to critique the text, but I had to stop listening because the sound quality was so bad.

    I've listened to a lot of books and I learned to deal with a British accent, as I'm sure the Brits cope with an American accent. Generally we understand each other just fine, but I've seen television shows that provided captions for American audiences of British speakers.

    While I think her accent is too "thick", it just sounds like the recording is really bad. I mean, I labored under this audio book for many hours. I didn't give up in the first of it's four parts. While I was engrossed in the text, it just got to a point where I had to say "enough" and go onto something else. Too bad.

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