This is the story of the forgotten pioneers of the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War....
Leon Uris retums to the land of his acclaimed best-seller Exodus for an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness....
Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon - the towering novel of the 20th century's most dramatic geopolitical event....
Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth....
Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya....
Tess Durbeyfield, a peasant girl and cast-off descendant of English aristocracy, has become one of the most famous female protagonists in 19th-century British literature....
Travelers visit many strange places. They see very many wonderful things. When they return home they tell wonderful stories about what they have seen....
Based largely on his own childhood, Stegner has created a masterful, harrowing saga of a family trying to survive during the lean years of the early 20th century.....
Team Yankee presents a glimpse of what it would have been like for the soldiers who would have had to meet the relentless onslaught of Soviet and Warsaw Pact tank divisions....
In 1951, the second year of the Korean War, a studious, law-abiding, and intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, begins his sophomore year....
Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i....
Claire Roth is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show....
First-generation Irish-American Zachary O'Hara finds himself playing a critical role as the very existence of the Marine Corps is being decided....
Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It's not like they were close. She hadn't seen him....
Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman....
Herman Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family....
Two decades after the Civil War, Josephine Marcus, the teenage daughter of Jewish immigrants, is lured west with the promise of marriage to Johnny Behan, one of Arizona's famous lawmen....
In Queen's Bench Courtroom Number Seven, famous author Abraham Cady stands trial. In his book The Holocaust - born of the terrible revelation that the Jadwiga Concentration camp was the site of his family's extermination - Cady shook the consciousness of the human race. He also named eminent surgeon Sir Adam Kelno as one of Jadwiga's most sadistic inmate/doctors. Kelno has denied this and brought furious charges. Now unfolds Leon Uris' riveting courtroom drama - one of the great fictional trials of the century.
Having read this novel three decades ago, I recalled that I was enthralled with how the story unwound. Now, hearing it read by John Lee, I can tell my fellow listeners that this novel/audiobook is in my top 25 out of 1350.
First, don't be put off by the period sexism (circa 1970). You'll find the same stuff in Exodus (also by Uris). It's just the way he wrote. Keep focused on the motivations of the characters. Their extremes are tell-tale foreshadowing to a totally unexpected ending.
QB VII (or Queen's Bench 7) is the British courtroom where a trial takes place. The listener must serve as jury to answer the question: Is Abraham Cady (a reporter) guilty of libeling Dr. Adam Kelno, a Polish physician, whom Cady accused of war crimes? The backdrop for this story is the Holocaust, but the drama plays out in British Courtroom two decades after WWII ended.
When you finish this book you will be a different person. Oh…one more thing…it is based on a true story!
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What made the experience of listening to QB VII the most enjoyable?
QB VII is the fictionalized account of the real libel trial that took place in the High Courts of London after the publication of Exodus by Leon Uris. Following the annals of a history we now are all too familiar with, this is a fascinating, heartbreaking, and completely gripping tale. Although the main character, Abraham Cady, gets unbearably preachy at the end of the story, this is Uris' best book.
What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?
The narrator, John Lee, is clearly an actor, rather than just a reader. I would say that he is a good actor. He reads with appropriate emphasis and emotion and uses a range of national accents to portray European characters. Normally I give kudos to voice actors who try to infuse real personality into their characterizations, but Lee's accents are uneven and one in particular (Abe Cady's Virginia accent) was so terrible that it distracted from the story. People from the state of Virginia have soft, understated "Southern" accent but Lee made everyone in the Cady family sound like hillbillies. It would have been far less distracting if he had not attempted that bizarre accent. Most of the characters spoke with a Polish accent and this usually worked--EXCEPT when he forgot to switch gears and a British barrister came out sounding like he was from Krakow.
Any additional comments?
This hefty book really works as an audio book. It provided me with hours of involved listening.
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Leon Uris is best known for the novel Exodus. Within that 600-page epic was a single line, a half of a sentence, about a doctor performing experiments on human prisoners in Auschwitz. That doctor sued Uris for libel in 1964. QB VII, which refers to the courtroom in which the libel case was heard, is a fictionalized account of that trial.
The trial actually only takes up the final third of the book. The first two-thirds are split between the back stories of the doctor and the author. More than a half-century later, the results of the trial in real life and in the book are well known, but in case anyone interested in reading the book doesn't know, I won't introduce spoilers here.
Spoilers are moot anyway. There are several central characters treated with moral ambiguity, Uris accomplishing two things. Stylistically, he manipulates our sympathies by presenting characters a certain way and then introducing ambiguity. Thematically, he examines the moral ambiguity of the motivations and actions of people in the extremely stressful setting of concentration camps.
I haven't researched it, but I believe this must have been one of the earliest literary works on the Holocaust that examined the perpetrators from multiple angles -- what they did, why they did it, how they justified it to themselves and others, how they reacted to their own actions in the aftermath. Uris certainly doesn't excuse anyone, but he does present a complex view of what drives people in these worst of times.
The trial is the best part, especially the last 90 minutes when the truth begins to unfold. If I have any criticism, the first two parts on the plaintiff and defendant delve into the characters for hours, but it is less about character development than about their histories -- Uris hasn't avoided his element, but he is not altogether successful at it. Hence a deduction of one star on the story side.
The narration is excellent -- pitch perfect in presenting English, Polish, Southern U.S., and several other accents.
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According to my records I read “QB VII” in 1979 with a comment about how good it was. I have read all of Uris’s books except “Battle Cry”. My favorite Leon Uris books are “Exodus,” “Mila 18” and “QB VII.” It was after I had read QB VII I discovered the book was a fictionalization of a libel suit which grew out of the publication of the book “Exodus”. On page 155 Uris named a Polish physician Wladislaw Dering M.D. whom he asserted performed experimental surgery on human guinea pigs for the Nazi’s in Auschwitz. In “Exodus” Uris states Dering performed castration and removed ovaries that had been subjected to radiation treatment. Uris claimed he did experiments in surgery without anesthetics on 17,000 inmates primarily Jews. The libel trial, Dering v Uris & others, was held in London in 1964. The verdict by the jury was for Dering but only awarded him a half penny the smallest coin in the realm. Uris proved his information was correct with only a slight discrepancy in the number of cases.
Queen’s Bench Courtroom Number Seven (QB VII) is a master fictionalization of the Dering v Uris libel suit. Uris divides the book into four gripping sections. One is the story of Polish physician Adam Kelno, a brief review of his childhood and the anti-Semitism of Poland at the time. Then goes into his capture and life in the Jadwiga concentration camp. The book then goes into his life after the war in England and Borneo and after 20 years his return to England. The next part of the book tells the story of author Abe Cady, his childhood, life as a British pilot during WWII his injuries, marriage and writing career ending with the publication of his big book called “Holocaust”. The next part tells about Cady’s hunt for key people that were in Jadwiga concentration camp. The last and most exciting part tells the blow by blow action of the court trial. Uris explains about the pomp and circumstance of the British Court system and British common law. I found this education about the British legal system not only informative but entertaining. As in the real trial the verdict was for the plaintiff but only a half penny was awarded. I believe I enjoyed the book more in this second reading than in the first, maybe because I now know it was based on a true story. I enjoyed the melodious voice of one of my favorite narrators John Lee, who did his usual great job narrating the book.
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Would you try another book from Leon Uris and/or John Lee?
This is a GREAT story, marred by horribly dated characterization in one of the main characters, an old school macho American author whose self-indulgent I'm-a-lone-wolf-giving-my-love-to-art whingings become tedious in the extreme when he announces his intentions to get drunk and find a prostitute. The only thing worse is John Lee's horrible attempts at American and Polish accents. The former sounds like a Matthew McConaughy parody; the latter, an imitation of Bela Lugosi. That said, the story transcends both of these limitations to raise important and compelling moral questions.
What three words best describe John Lee’s voice?
Limited. English. Limited.
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First, this review is going to contain spoilers. Don't read this if you don't want to know the conclusion.
The book is a thinly-veiled autobiographical account of the author's trial for libeling a certain doctor in his book "Exodus." I did not realize this when I bought this audiobook, but learned it after looking up background information on the author as I was listening.
The book opens by telling of the life of a Polish doctor who was a prisoner in a fictional concentration camp. The doctor worked to save lives during his time there, and was much loved by the people he saved. The book picks up immediately after the war, when the doctor escapes from Poland, is found in a refugee camp by an old friend, and brought to England to live. Shortly thereafter, the doctor is accused of war crimes by the Communist regime in Poland, which attempts to extradite the doctor out of England. After two years of inquiry in England, the doctor is exonerated. He and his family move to Borneo, where the doctor has a distinguished career treating jungle/equatorial diseases and malnourishment.
The second part tells the story of a young Jewish boy in northern Virginia, who grows up to fight in WWII, become a journalist, and eventually a novelist. He writes a book about the Holocaust, which includes a single paragraph naming the Polish doctor as a participant in the horrific human experiments that occurred in the concentration camp. The doctor sues the writer and publisher for libel.
The rest of the book is devoted to the libel trial, at which the doctor's reputation is gradually shattered as it becomes clear that he did, indeed, treat his Jewish patients with less care and concern than he treated the Christian patients. The doctor "wins" the libel case, because the book does include false statements about him, but the doctor is awarded only a token sum.
It is clear throughout the book that the doctor was anti-Semitic and violently anti-Communist - not surprising, given the milieu in which he was raised. I found his anti-Semitism revolting. However, other than the anti-Semitism, I found him to be a more sympathetic character overall than the Jewish writer. The doctor loves his wife and children, he works hard to treat his patients, and he is haunted by the experiences in the concentration camp. The writer is a self-aggrandizing caricature, a man who is a misogynist alcoholic who nonetheless has a stream of beautiful, wealthy women falling into his bed. He is horrible to his wife, belittling her interests and needs. He insists that, since he is a writer, he should be excused for any and all selfishness, bad behavior, and unkindness to others. After he leaves his wife, his two children - of course! - take his side and devote themselves to him.
The books raises important questions about what a humane person should do in when living in an earthly hell. One of the doctors in the concentration camp, when ordered to do the unspeakable, commits suicide rather than obey. The Polish doctor decides otherwise, doing as his German captors bid, but also saving many thousands of lives that would have been lost through disease, injury, and murder in the camps. So, why is one glorified and the other reviled? Is that just? How can we judge?
One note about the performance. The reader does a good job overall. Since he is British, I'm not surprised that he doesn't understand that a Virginia accent is different from the odd mix of Mississippi and Texas accents that he gives the writer-protagonist. I just wish he hadn't laid on the accent quite so thickly!
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superbly written. clearly a plot surrounded by a plethora of characters. The author was a genuine artists when speaking about the background. In other words he was able to take you to where it all happened without you ever leaving your living room .
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this book was terrific. i loved it. profound. chilling. sad.one of his best. read it and enjoy
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Captivating! Expertly written! If only more stories had such such an ingenious plot and more authors such incredible skill!
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A poignant and moving account of man's inhumanity to man leavened by touches of humor and romance and generous dollops of Jewish-American family history.
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