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Publisher's Summary

Perhaps no other Biblical tale penetrates so deeply into the everyday travails of the common person as The Book of Job. It tells the story of a righteous man beset by torment and misfortune through no fault of his own. This parable of bad things happening to a good person addresses the eternal question of why we are here, and why we suffer. This translation is by Stephen Mitchell.
Recording (P)1988 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1979, 1987 by Stephen Mitchell

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"This translation finds the timeless center of the Job saga, and the reader interprets it with just the right combination of anger, eloquence, and faith. This is a text which was meant to be heard." ( Harvey Cox, Harvard Divinity School)

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Good translation, well-narrated, mediocre audio

This is an exceptional translation of Job, and Peter Coyote does an excellent narration. However, the audio quality is only fair.

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Naked I came...

Loved Mitchell's powerful translation. The audio's production was poor, but STILL Peter Coyote's reading of Mitchell's Job was amazing. It flowed like blood and pounded like the waves. It burned like fire.

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illuminating and thought - provoking

This was my introduction to The Book of Job. It was applicable to my life in several ways, as I recently became disabled due to necrotizing fasciitis and had to stop a lucrative career. However, in several ways my life is "less stressful. " Whereas in the dozen years before my illness I may have read one or two books for lesisure, I have read at least 40 books since joining Audible in March 2016.

The narration of this Book was fantastic as I felt that I was sitting with Job and his friends in a circle discussing God and Faith. At first, I thought I would miss something because of the shorter duration compared to other renditions of The Book of Job in the Audible store. On the contrary, I found that the duration allowed for repetition of particular areas for emphasis and clarification all during the few hours in my kitchen between a late lunch and early supper.

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The Hopeless Condition of Mankind, the Triumphant Majesty of the Creator

I am a Stephen Mitchell devotee and a pragmatic. I love his work in the Homeric ancients so much that I wanted to hear his translation of Job. Does not disappoint. This is a wonderful way to recounter the hopelessness of man, the answer of the fates, and the majesty of God. I know I'll listen t o this many more times in my life, God willing. This is a very good place to turn when life darts it's many and varied arrows at you.

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Phenominal !!!

Excellent spiritual and tremendously inspirational reading of an ancient text. Gives wonderful perspective for our daily lives in light of true faith and devotion to righteousness. An absolute must for older children and certainly for adults. Enjoy!

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A beautiful performance for a beautiful story. tr

The performance really helped me me to what the words really mean to me. 5 stars

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Wonderful

I really enjoyed the experience of hearing Job, as dramatized in this narrative. Hearing the words as presented here adds power to the awesomeness of G*d, as this book always portrays.

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Makes Feeling Sorry For Myself Harder Than It Was

Job puts my trials in perspective. Thank you, Lord. May you ever be above me. I have sent this to my children.

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Great performance, wholly inaccurate translation.

Having read multiple translations of the Book of Job, and reveled in its poetic mastery, I was very disappointed to hear a version that is so fabricated and far from the original. Mitchell's version is lively and the performance is captivating, but this version loses much of the eloquence of the original poetry.

As a reviewer in the 1987 New York Times Book Review said, "I don't think that ''God damn the day I was born'' is as good as ''Let the day perish,'' and I prefer the horse that says ''Ha, ha!'' among the trumpets to the somehow less exultant one that says ''Ah!''"

But if you don't take issue with how far from a literal translation it is you'll probably enjoy this book. I did. it just wasn't what I'd hoped for.

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Looking inward

Excellent.
A story as old as time . As I listened I looked inward, feeling humbled. Job believing he did not sin and as his friends should have comfort him instead talk down to him? Finally God rewarding him for the righteousness.