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Lucy Abrahams

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  • From Beirut to Jerusalem

  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

In From Beirut to Jerusalem, Thomas L. Friedman, a columnist for The New York Times and a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, has drawn on his decade in the Middle East to produce the most trenchant, vivid, and thought-provoking book yet on the region.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was hoping for more

  • By keksi212 on 02-09-16

False equivalence and anti Israel bias

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-18

He declares himself not to be an anti-Israel Jew but he smiles at the murderous chaos of the Lebanon streets with warm indulgence whilst criticising Israel's desire for quiet and surfing as superficial and contemptible. He views Israel's insistence on remembering and honouring the Holocaust and its fallen soldiers, the deepest trauma of its citizens, as lamentable, if not contemptible.

  • Burial Rites

  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’ spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’ story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agnes - understanding the human being

  • By Kaggy on 27-06-14

Patience is rewarded

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-16

I felt this was a slow starter but it certainly grew into a thought-provoking and engaging tale of an unrecognisable time and place. Ultimately a satisfying, illuminating story.

  • My Promised Land

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
  • By: Ari Shavit
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsettling and challenging critique of Israel

  • By Anthony on 13-06-14

Utterly fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-15

A stunning, honest and timely assessment of the state of Israel. Truly an education. He has put his heart and soul into it and though I didn't always agree with his assessment I found it hugely informative.

  • Heretic

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 230

What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Continuing her personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard and American citizenship, the New York Times best-selling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repression of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive

  • By S. Morley on 10-05-15

Everybody needs to hear this

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-15

Stunningly relevant and eye-opening. This should be required reading for every politician, journalist, teacher, and thinking person the world over. Her bravery and ability to articulate and navigate very controversial and difficult concepts should be applauded and the world should heed her call.

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