Exodus

A Novel of Israel
By: Leon Uris
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,335 ratings)

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“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)

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

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"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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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.:)

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For my 100th audible book the very best

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.

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Has changed my life

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.

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a classic which conveys the spirit of israel..

A classic which conveys the spirit of israel.. Written over 50 years ago yet as powerful as ever.

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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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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?

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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.

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Important book, not a good one

I wanted to read Exodus because of the author and the fact that it is well known as an important book about the creation of Israel. I learned quite a bit of history, so I don't entirely regret the time I spent, but this is not good literature. The characters are shallow stereotypes whose actions and stories are always a difficult to believe. No depth or complexity complicates their stories. Just as problematic to me was that the book READS like propaganda. I was (and still am) sympathetic to the Jewish story described herein. However, the book reads like mythology, not history. Only one perspective is ever presented, and the heroes of the story are almost supernatural while the villains are predictably cowardly, sinister, and incompetent. I feel strongly compelled toward further research of this history in order to find some truth that I can understand and believe.

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Best. Book. Ever.

There is no better novel to read -- to understand the human story. Best book ever.

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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

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