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The flawed characters of each of these stories are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence....
When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England....
Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on....
When beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane's husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic....
At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell.....
C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man....
At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones....
In A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean claims that “in my family, there is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.” Nor is there a clear line between family and fly-fishing....
A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother....
After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm....
Seventy years ago, Joe Rubinstein walked out of a Nazi concentration camp....
In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback"....
Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend....
No one expected Barley to have an encounter with the Messiah....
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"Anyone who finds it is finding a jewel. Its themes are profound and universal." (The Wall Street Journal)
This listen managed to combine my two favorite types of lit - realistic depiction of another period (especially its social history) and reflection on faith in a troubled world.
I listened to this shortly after the more contemporary "Foreskin's Lament" and "Disobedience" -- and although I enjoyed those two (each in their own way)-- oh, how I wish I had listened to this first!
In addition to a beautiful "coming of age" portrait of two young Americans in the WWII/post war era, what a compassionate depiction of Jewish faith coming to terms with modernism! As other reviews point out, the novel portrays universal truths while giving outsiders to the Jewish faith a glimpse of its richness and diversity in the story's specifics. There are enough symbolism and imagery to satisfy a reader/listener without the literary complexity that demands much effort to digest.
I thank the reviewer who named Potok's follow-up novel, but since that is not on Audible (yet), I think as a follow-up, I will re-listen to Doctorow's "City of God" and hope for a re-release of "The Promise."
41 of 41 people found this review helpful
This book provides a fascinating glimpse of Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish culture but is also a griping story about friendship between two boys as they grow to adulthood. And the narrator does a fantastic job, making it fascinating to listen to, more so than reading the book in print. I wish the sequel to this (The Promise) was also available in audio form by the same narrator but unfortunately it is not.
32 of 32 people found this review helpful
Chaim Potok is an excellent novelist. The book depicts two very different father/son relationships and explores a deep friendship between two young men. It provides an accurate glimpse of Orthodox and Hassidic Jewish life and provides perspective on Judaism in post WWII America.
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
I first read The Chosen as a teenager. I loved it then. Listening to it now, 40 years later after raising children of my own, it had even more meaning to me. Jonathan Davis does a terrific job with the narration. The story of two Jewish boys in NYC at the close of WWII and the birth of the state of Israel is a compelling narrative of friendship, family and culture, with world politics woven in. The passage of time since the book was first published has only served to underscore its importance.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
This story follows a delicate friendship of two Jewish lads, David & Ruven, their fathers and their different Jewish faiths (one Hassidic, the other not). There are few characters to keep up with but the last chapter is so moving, about understanding your children, not necessarily liking it, but loving them. I wish I would have read this years ago, perhaps my own angst with my children would not have been so dividing.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Chosen again? Why?
I would listen again because this story was so much about being a real friend. The boys grown up in different backgrounds with similar religion but differing perspectives. I loved their sides and as they grew into men, how they changed and how they stayed the same. <br/><br/>Good friends are rare. They love us for the person we are and this story shows how two boys who have been separated through religious teachings have grown together and grown up.<br/><br/>Compassionate friendship with differences is what this book is about. I loved it!<br/>
Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not listened to other performances by Jonathan Davis but his voice is sweet and melodious. I really felt these characters more through his voice.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I really tried to get back as soon as I could because I hated putting my player down! It was a great performance and I really enjoyed it.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed this again 40 years after I first read it. I can still see my dog eared paperback in my mind's eye. It was and is still an interesting read from a time, place and culture totally foreign to me. I found I had a lot more empathy for Danny's father this time around
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Chosen in three words, what would they be?
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chosen?
The last scene where Danny's father finally speaks to him.
What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Who was the most memorable character of The Chosen and why?
Both boys and both father's are equally memorable for the contrapuntal roles that they play which illuminates and give dimension to the other character.
Any additional comments?
This is a modern day classic. A wonderful story, well told, and well narrated, with a great "punch" ending.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I read this when I was young(er) in the 60's. I knew I thoroughly enjoyed it but could not remember why. It was fun going through the story again, discovering the fun parts! There are some parts of the story that drag on and certain situations are, well, I wonder about.
This is a story of two sons with two fathers. Although both are Jewish, their faiths take on very different lifestyles. The fathers, and how they are raising thier sons, are also very different. Reuven and his father are very close. In fact, their relationship seems too perfect. But that is besides the point. Danny and his father have a strained relationship, but it is still a positive one. How thse two boys meet and grow together as friends is a fascinating tale.
The narration is very well done. Davis differentiated between characters seamlessly and distinctly. He was a joy to listen to.
If you have never come across this classic, you will be ever so glad you found it. If this is not a new title, you will be thrilled to rediscover it!! Enjoy.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
I must have missed the profanity spoke of previously. I don't recall any at all. This book about two boys coming of age and dealing with their beliefs was very good. It kept my interest from start to finish which is rare for me. I actually come back to see what else is recommended on this page.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful