Abraham

  • by Bruce Feiler
  • Narrated by Bruce Feiler
  • 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At a moment when the world is asking, "Can the religions get along?" one figure stands out as the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. One man holds the key to our deepest fears and our possible reconciliation. Abraham.Bruce Feiler sets out on a personal quest to better understand our common patriarch. Traveling in war zones, climbing through caves and ancient shrines, and sitting down with the world's leading religious minds, Feiler uncovers fascinating, little-known details of the man who defines faith for half the world.
Both immediate and timeless, Abraham is a powerful, universal story, the first-ever interfaith portrait of the man God chose to be his partner. Thoughtful and inspiring, it offers a rare vision of hope that will redefine what we think about our neighbors, our future, and ourselves.

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What the Critics Say

"A winning mix of insight, passion, and historical research...provides a basis for fostering genuine communication." (Christian Science Monitor)
"This is a pure joy to read." (Publishers Weekly)
"A vivid and discerning tour through a land that reflects this epochal figure's life of exile, questioning...and faith." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Feiler's combination of journalism, commentary and self-discovery tells the reader volumes about humankind." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Feiler delivers a wealth of information in an accessible and entertaining format." (The New York Times Book Review)

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wordy but easy listening

I agree with the reviewer form Santa Ana (that the author could have stated his case more succintly), but this is a relaxing and informative listen - a good tri-faith perspective on Abraham (who, like the rest of the Bible can't be reduced to just the words about him in the Bible text); it's also a message of hope for interfaith relations in the longer term.

I couldn't finish the print version of one of Feilor's other books because I found it a rambling read, but I think I will download the audio of the same work for listening.

Abraham is relaxing because it's kept simple, a narrative of a personal journey of discovery, and not weighed down with footnotes or detail. For that kind of listen on related topics (also good but not so relaxing), try Karen Armstrong.
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- connie

Worthwhile but wordy

Feiler takes a secular view of the Abraham story and discusses the significance to the three religions. Trouble is his thesis could be easily stated in about half the time. Also the last 45 minutes or so is a preview of his "Walking through the Bible". Nevertheless if you are interested in the topic and have nothing better to listen to this one is OK.
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- Adam Helberg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-26-2003
  • Publisher: HarperAudio