• Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • By: T. E. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: James Wilby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-11-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: CSA Word
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (101 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lawrence of Arabia's seminal work charts his time with British Military Intelligence in the Levantine territories, during the wars with the Turks. The manuscript is candid and action-packed (and was entirely re-written after Lawrence lost the original manuscript whilst changing trains).
©2007 CSA Word (P)2007 CSA Word
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Critic Reviews

"This is a masterful recording of the memoirs of the man better known as Lawrence of Arabia." ( Financial Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 05-27-08


I enjoyed this book and recommend this purchase. Anyone with an interest in history or who is working / living in the Middle East should consider buying it.

The narration was first class and takes you to the wadi's, the heat and the horror of the war in the middle east during WW1. The book itself is touching and fascinating and gives you an insight into male Arab ways, I only wish I had read this before I lived in the Middle east.

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23 of 23 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Kerry on 01-22-12

A Classic story

Where does Seven Pillars of Wisdom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say that this story ranks high but the music insertions at the end of every chapter were a pain!

Which character – as performed by James Wilby – was your favorite?

James Wilby did a fine job reading this.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It was a good car companion though

Any additional comments?

Whoever published this inserted a long music que (I think it is from Massenet -Thais?) Anyway, the chapters of this book are very short (5 -10 min at most) and at every chapter there is this minutes long music que!! And you can't get past it. It REALLY took away from the experience. I can see one at the beginning and end, but EVERY chapter? Sometimes the music would do a long fade in under the last words of a chapter and was totally incongruous with what was being said. If they publish this again, please take the music out between chapters. Other than that, it was a great true story of one of the most intriguing historical figures of the 20th century.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By David on 12-24-09

Interesting book ruined by poor production

Of all the audio books that I?ve purchased during the past couple of years this one has to rate as one of the poorest. It was a relief to finish it and a test of endurance for the majority of the listen. Now, the narration isn?t too bad and perfectly acceptable. For James Wilby?s efforts I?d probably rate him a 3 or 4 stars. However, the prose itself was fragmented, lacking context and meaning, and too much of a relaying of events without the bigger picture to form the backdrop. Fair enough, it?s an abridged version and some books can even benefit from such a format, but I do think that this isn?t one of them. True, it does have some interesting highlights and there?s just about enough to keep the listener going ? about 3 stars for content. Then, there?s that interminable ?Swan? by Saint-Saens, the music between each episode and part, repeated time and again. Extremely irritating, annoying and totally unnecessary. It is this very poor production (which itself merits a negative rating if such were possible) that renders this audio book just 1 star in the final reckoning. I mean, at one point in the book there was a full 3 minutes plus of musical interlude. WHY? You have been warned?hear comes that ?swan? again?arrrggghhh!!!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 11-16-08

seven pillars of wisdom

When you hear this book I think that it should be compulsory reading for all the people who deal in the middle east,as far as I can make out it could have been wrote yesterday. I have lived and worked in the middle east and I enjoyed every minute but it has not changed a jot by the reading of this book

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