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Waking Lions Audiobook

Waking Lions

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Publisher's Summary

After one night's deadly mistake, a man will go to any lengths to save his family and his reputation.

Neurosurgeon Eitan Green has the perfect life - married to a beautiful police officer, and father of two young boys. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road after an exhausting hospital shift, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene.

When the victim's widow knocks at Eitan's door the next day, holding his wallet and divulging that she knows what happened, Eitan discovers that her price for silence is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan's safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies he could never have anticipated.

Waking Lions is a gripping, suspenseful, and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame and desire from a remarkable young author on the rise.

©2017 Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Waking Lions is a classy, suspenseful tale of survival where the good guys and the bad guys are harder to distinguish than you might think." (The Times UK)

"A literary thriller that is used as a vehicle to explore big moral issues. I loved everything about it." (Daily Mail UK)

"Gripping...twists and turns like a thriller." (Sunday Times UK)

What Members Say

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    D. B. Craig 03-31-17
    D. B. Craig 03-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"

    The writer needed a good editor. Very uneven in pacing, plot and tone. An interesting premise poorly developed. The performance is overly dramatic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Eliastam Near Boston 03-05-17
    Michael Eliastam Near Boston 03-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging ethnic mystery in Israel"

    Beautifully narrated story of love, deception, mystery, politics, refugees, and family. Even the end is both satisfying and unsettling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    yael 10-10-17
    yael 10-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "little note"

    I think it will be nice if can be improve the Israeli names pronunciations. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-01-17
    Phyllis Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-01-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Read the Reviews Before You Buy"

    I wish I would have. What a waste of time! Having read the reviews after the fact, I agree with most of the less positive ones - the premise had good potential which was spoiled by poor writing that described way too much lust by characters who knew nothing about each other, disliked each other, and had no reason to lust after each other. The characters were poorly developed and generally unlikable and the narrator was, at times, melodramatic to the point where I was groaning out loud in the car! The biggest mystery of all is how this book ended up with a four-star rating! Definitely happy to be done with this one!

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    Andrew Singer 09-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, subpar narrator"

    While I enjoyed the story, I had trouble getting past the way the narrator's style. In my opinion, he over dramatized too much language so the moments that deserved emphasized drama, didn't stand out enough. The story suffered because of that.

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    Ben Andrews 09-06-17
    Ben Andrews 09-06-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting"

    A doctor driving down a dark road strikes and kills an Eritrean illegal immigrant. The doctor drives away. Of course you know what they say - it's not the crime it's the cover-up. In this case, it may be both. It's hard to love a book with so many unlikable characters.

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    R. Pruchno New Jersey 09-04-17
    R. Pruchno New Jersey 09-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting topic executed by a bad writer"

    One simile followed by another and another and yet another combined with lengthy explorations into tangential topics or descriptions of history or geography that added absolutely nothing to the story transformed this book from an interesting look at Israeli society into a boring sophomoric effort by a bad writer.

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    Tina de Lemsp WINNETKA, CA, US 06-26-17
    Tina de Lemsp WINNETKA, CA, US 06-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator"

    This narrator seems to think that he's auditioning for a Shakespearean part. He is so overly dramatic that it detracts from the stories that he narrates. Not just this one.

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    Paula Kopald 06-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This book went on and on without resolution."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Internal lives of dull people. when the main character moves his family from Tel Aviv then the reader Is subjected to the mundane life he is living.


    What could Ayelet Gundar-Goshen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The sex was too raw harsh relationships .


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    my problem with the story None of the characters are likeable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Waking Lions?

    cruelty of men towards women, really depressing, even the doctor seemed to be unable to consider the feelings of his family he was too self involved.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    teaman 06-10-17
    teaman 06-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I wanted to like it"
    Would you try another book from Ayelet Gundar-Goshen and/or Paul Boehmer?

    Narration was very good, I'd listen to others by Paul Boehmer. Writing was disappointing, I think I'll avoid her in the future


    What could Ayelet Gundar-Goshen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More show, less tell


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant to listen to. Good variation without being pretentious.


    Could you see Waking Lions being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't usually prefer movies, but it might improve this story to just stick to the events


    Any additional comments?

    Boring writing style ruined what could have been an interesting mystery

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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