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The Weight of Ink Audiobook

The Weight of Ink

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Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.

As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents' scribe, the elusive "Aleph".

Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

©2017 Rachel Kadish (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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    Suzanne Warshavsky 07-20-17
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    "Fascinating story, well written"

    Well researched, beautifully written historical novel with a twist. Characters and locations spring to life from the first pages. Difficult to put down.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Q 06-15-17
    Sam Q 06-15-17
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    "A Powerful, Riveting, Well-Researched Story!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The book zig-zags backwards and forwards between the late 17th century and the first years of the present century, carrying with it the stories of its separate well-drawn and empathetic characters who draw the reader in and present a panorama of life, love, God, desire, personal expectation, struggle and fulfillment. The narrative technique which relies heavily on letters works further to bring the story and characters to life.


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    Excellent Narration by Corrie James!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    newmoon 07-17-17
    newmoon 07-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "immaculate"

    Beautifully written, skillfully narrated, just fascinating. I can't wait to hear more from Rachel Kadish

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chana Goanna New Jersey 06-11-17
    Chana Goanna New Jersey 06-11-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration intolerable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm only a few chapters in, but I'm returning this. The book itself is wonderful--well-written and intriguing, especially if you enjoy Jewish history. But the British narrator's complete inability to voice the American character is just too hard to listen to. I'll read it on paper instead.


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    Joan M. 08-07-17
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    "Excellent story, writing, characters-everything you want in a big novel"

    Rachel Kaddish has fulfilled an experienced reader's highest wishes for a very satisfying novel. She has done a remarkable lot of research about life in London in the 1600,, the fate of some Jewish families and rabbis and philosophical writings, and English academic life in the 21st century. Also, she has imagined characters that hold interest in themselves. We go between these different times like a good mystery. But this is a full- bodied novel. Every time I had to put it down, I wanted to go back to it. I first saw this book in a bookstore. I was attracted to the title and to the cover. I hadn't heard of the author nor of the book, but I knew I wanted to read it. I am so very glad I did. Among much else it does, it shines light on the importance of our need to continue to make the world a free, safe place for all women to have equality.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Oak Harbor, WA, United States 09-10-17
    Patricia Oak Harbor, WA, United States 09-10-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A WOW Book"

    I love books that capture my mind and heart. I fell in love with Esther - a woman of my own spirit but in 17th century England as a brilliant exiled Sephardic Jewish woman. learned a lot about that time in history and enjoyed the ohilosiohical- theological musings.

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    Deanna United States 08-15-17
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    "gorgeous!"

    beautiful, gorgeous, stirring, lovely!

    Imaginative, beautiful storytelling, connecting complex human stories across centuries. Engaging, inspiringly flawed characters living lives of desparation, ambition, and hope. Loved it, hope for more of the same from this author.

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    Phyllis Massachusetts 09-08-17
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    "The narrator mispronounced many of the Hebrew words which spoiled the narration. The story was dragged out"

    Many Hebrew words were mispronounced. The story was too dragged out. I thought some of the side plots were forced and a bit silly.

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    Susie Moskowitz Huntington, NY 08-26-17
    Susie Moskowitz Huntington, NY 08-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding story"

    Rachel Kaddish has skillfully woven together intricate, well researched plot lines. There are many twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. I've been recommending this book to everyone. The audio reading is fabulous.

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    Joni M. Mcspadden 10-12-17
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    "Disappointing"

    What a great topic for a novel, but this book falls very short of its potential. The writing is stiff and frankly, boring. The reader is stiff and difficult to listen to. A waste of time to listen.

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