With his Rabbi Small mysteries, acclaimed author Harry Kemelman has made the best-seller lists every day of the week! The adventures of the unassuming Rabbi are hailed by critics and fans for their wit, wisdom, and the unparalleled logic of one of the world's most unusual sleuths. On Tuesday, Rabbi David Small takes a break from the Barnard's Crossing pulpit to teach a course on Jewish Thought at a small community college. But he soon discovers that all is not idyllic behind the ivy-covered walls. When a bomb goes off in the dean's office, the peaceful campus mood is shattered. Soon everyone - from professors and students to the indefatigable rabbi himself - is suspected of murder. Personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author's estate, veteran narrator George Guidall brings all the characters to life as Rabbi Small ensures that murder doesn't make the grade.
©1973 Harr y Kemelman (P)1998 Recorded Books
David Small sticks his neck out again... It's interesting to look back to the time I was a student myself, although clearly UK universities are very different and I now know why in the USA places of study for those 17-21 year olds are called "schools" - this one at least is more a sixth-form college than a beacon of higher education! The Rabbi solves another crime of classical design (no gruesome forensics, exceptional cruelty or sickening descriptions (thank the Lord), but he also learns about young people and teaching. He can be just a little bit dogmatic....
"Old now--but still wonderful!"
I read all this series years ago when they were written, and they still seem relevant. Of course cell phones, DNA and computer hacking are not part of them--but the mysteries are ok (this one was too easy to figure out, though). But don't let that put you off--the mystery is fun--and had twists and turns. But what makes this series outstanding is the deep look into human character, spiritual needs and an amazing explanation of Judaism--which is given with quite understandable human explanations that make some of the traditions and rituals have so much meaning. This is a book--indeed an entire series--not to be missed if you want more than just sex, violence and fast car chases! This is a mystery series with depth.
"George Guigall is the best narrator."
Guigall is such a performer not just a narrator. Give him a good story like Kemelmans and you have a movie in your minds eye
"Still a Good Read!"
I read the the Rabbi Small books when they were first written years ago. To have these available was like visiting an old friend, nostalgic but still of great worth. The mystery is fun and not as easy to guess as you might think. But more importantly, I beleive, is the peek into the ordinary life of a jewish community, its values and its shortcomings and how it grapples with change. It is still very relevant.
Guidall's performance, as always, was excellent. As I have told my friends, he could read a tax return and it would keep me interested.
The material feels a little dated, especially police procedures, which border on unbelievable but the story is worth it.
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