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A History of the Jews Audiobook

A History of the Jews

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Publisher's Summary

This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world - their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

©1987 Paul Johnson; (P)1989 Blackstone Audio, inc.

What the Critics Say

"It's no mean feat to successfully compress 4,000 years of history into 645 pages, but Johnson has more than met the challenge....an excellent, nonscholarly history for general readers." (Library Journal)
"A tour de force....A remarkable achievement." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A marvelous book....This is history: richly textured, provocative and wise." (The Plain Dealer)

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    HTV 06-16-16
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    "favorite book of all time"

    even better on the second read, or to be more precise, listen. highly recommend this book. the audio version is particularly enjoyable due in part to the great performance of the reader

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leonard Chesterfield, MO, USA 04-24-08
    Leonard Chesterfield, MO, USA 04-24-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Horrible Narration"

    The female reader's voice has a high pitch that takes some getting used to but the fatal flaw is that she apparently made little effort to learn correct Hebrew pronunciation. Continuous and widespread mispronunciation of names became a distraction beyond irritation. She incorrectly pronounces "Sanai", "Maimonedes", "Haganah", "Isaac", "Baal Shem Tov". Too often even a listener with only a casual familiarity with the correct pronunciation will not recognize what or who she is talking about since the pronunciation name or place is so bad you do not recognize it until later in the narrative. Sorry I bought the audio edition.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Denver 11-28-16
    Amazon Customer Denver 11-28-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Grating Narration"

    Narrator has a high pitched voice and speaks briskly, which makes it all but impossible for an American to understand. Might want to avoid this one.

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    ptr Iraq 06-12-16
    ptr Iraq 06-12-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Book. Terrible Narration."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A History of the Jews to be better than the print version?

    The book was great. Typical of Paul Johnson, it was thoroughly researched, interesting to read and listen to, and comprehensive. The problem was the narration. I don't think it was Nadia May's English accent. It was incredibly bad sound engineering. I often had to listen to passages two to five times. More than less, I figured out the gist of what was being read and accepted that is good enough. This is such a great book that I hope they produce another audio version for future listeners. It was still worth the listen.


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    Amazon Customer 05-05-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Great book, poor recording"
    Would you listen to A History of the Jews again? Why?

    The information in the book was excellent. Well organized and intelligent.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nadia May?

    Nadia May was a fine reader, but the recording was poor. I could hear other people in the background and the levels made her voice very high pitched at times.


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    Amazon Customer 11-28-15
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    "A great book that exposes the history few know"

    This is a great book about the history of a phenomenal people, the culture and especially the countless ways history has ignored them. A real story detailing the countless contributions of a people who go back father than almost any other group in history despite the repeated attempts at their destruction. I'm not Jewish but read it to get informed about the group and was astonished at how all people have been blessed by the contributions of many of the most influential people in history.
    The number of Nobel Prize winners, percentage of their representation in medicine and the law, as well as the impact in politics by several that made and changed history.
    I recommend it,. At the least to contrast against, what is often taken as historical facts, that are in fact distortions that were written into "history" when propaganda to promote the view by different faiths over the last few thousand years.

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    James Guseilo 08-06-15
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    "History of The Jews"

    Best listened to on 1st go without attempting to chronicle the story. Wow, so dense in reference. Rather "hear" the story. I'm thinking after a respite, I'll re-listen. And/or get a hard copy. 👍

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    Dee 05-07-14
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    "Very interesting"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The history was very detailed and started much further back than I expected. Very well researched and written.


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    Sean New Albany, OH, USA 04-14-10
    Sean New Albany, OH, USA 04-14-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Tainted with mispronunciationS"

    My review of this text is tainted by the reader's constant mispronunciation of names. How someone can read a text of such historical levity, without first researching how to properly pronounce the names is beyond me.

    In addition, the book is definitely written from an outsider's perspective, and with a Christian misunderstanding of certain aspects of Jewish life and history.

    I am still searching for the perfect text, but this one is only adequate in terms of historical perspective.

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    dlb 01-30-10
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    "about the very frequent mispronunciation ..."

    I enjoyed the print version but cannot recommend it as an audio book---unless you don't know how the namers are supposed to be pronounced. Why do publishers allow narrators to make up their own pronunciations? The rampant mispronunciation of many, many Hebrew words and names (even relatively well known ones like Sinai) is very jarring. Worse, though, in the ear of the listener it tends to undermine the credibility and authoritativeness of the author, even though that is unfair and not really logical. Paul Johnson must be aghast at what was done to his opus.
    (For those who don't know how the names are actually pronounced, I would give this 4 stars)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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