Jacob the Liar

  • by Jurek Becker, Leila Vennewitz (translator)
  • Narrated by Bryan Kennedy
  • 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the most remarkable novels of the Holocaust ever written, Jakob the Liar is a tale of everyday heroism and the extraordinary power of illusion. Set in an unnamed German-occupied ghetto, the story centers on an unlikely hero, Jakob Heym, who accidentally overhears news of vital importance: The Russians are advancing on a city 300 miles away. As Jakob's tidings rekindle hope and the promise of liberation, he feels compelled to elaborate. Forming a protective bond with a young orphan girl, Jakob becomes caught in his own web of optimistic lies.
Awarded Germany's prestigious Heinrich Mann Prize for fiction and in a new translation by Leila Vennewitz, Jakob the Liar is a masterpiece of Kafkaesque comedy which unfolds with the impact of a timeless folk legend.


Audible Editor Reviews

Also a movie starring Robin Williams, this iconic Holocaust account is both touching and devastating. In an attempt to spread hope through his Jewish ghetto, Jacob tells a white lie that turns out to be a struggle to maintain. Audio performer Brian Kennedy's performance is incomparable. He modulates his voice with expertise such that we hang on every line. His pacing is so deliberate that not one syllable is lost. Kennedy's tone is warm and loving. Jacob the Liar is already a favorite book and movie to many; this audiobook brings a while new beauty to this classic story.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios