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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

Critic Reviews

" 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)

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  • Phyllis
  • Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • 10-01-17

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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Disappointing

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Israeli neurosurgeon gets out of comfort zone

The narrator has just enough accent to give it a foreign feel without being difficult to understand. High achiever runs over an immigrant accidentally then leaves the scene. He gets blackmailed into treating other immigrants by the mysterious wife of his victim. He is spellbound by her power over him at the expense of his family. The book has lots of self examination and could have used more plot. It's best when his secrets are almost discovered and frankly the reason one keeps listening.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Engaging ethnic mystery in Israel

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

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  • Mmday
  • Cherry Hill, NJ
  • 07-21-18

Beautifully written and narrated

This is a moving and deep story which challenges readers wit ethical and moral dilemmas at every turn. Not only are you challenged with the question of “what would you do? “But equally with, “how would I or should I feel?” This book merits deep thought and discussion. The narrator reads the story very well and his facility with hebrew pronunciation avoids a common fatal distraction with hebrew or jewish literature narrated by people whi do not have such ability. The entire experience was a joy. It is a book and narration that I shall carry with me.

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In a word Tedious

I didnt like this book but can imagine others enjoying it immensly. Let me Explain; the basic story itself is a good one. The performance excellent. It’s the incredibly pain full detail of every minute thing that made it almost unlistenable. In fact I almost gave up halfway through.

If you were the kind of listener that likes extremely descriptive writing, you will like this. So for example the author spends five minutes describing the contents of an awful toilet. I got the point in the first sentence.

The author explores the thoughts someone had at a particular moment in excruciating detail for onwards of five minutes, If you like that,then this is your book. I hate to criticize any of these books but this one the story gets lost. The author goes off on these long diatribes that were tangential to the actaul story that just lost me.

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A Revelation

Excellent narration. Thought-provoking story that is both important and compelling. Learned a lot, and was entertained in the process. The author's tendency to belabor a thought and stretch for multiple metaphors to describe relatively simple concepts was sometimes exhausting however, as though she couldnt let a sentence or a thought go once she'd gotten her teeth into it. Still would recommend it however.