• The Haj

  • By: Leon Uris
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 21 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-20-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (603 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Leon Uris retums to the land of his acclaimed best-seller Exodus for an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness. The Middle East is the powerful setting for this sweeping tale of a land where revenge is sacred and hatred noble. Where an Arab ruler tries to save his people from destruction but cannot save them from themselves. When violence spreads like a plague across the lands of Palestine - this is the time of The Haj.
©1984 Leon Uris (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By DIANE on 06-13-14

A sweeping saga of Arab/Israeli conflict

This was a book that confirmed my impressions about blind hatred and how much damage it can do. I found it so sad that the family who were the "protagonists" of the story, that of Haj Ibrahim, were all victims of the hatred that they espoused and continued. One by one, the children died due to savagery on the part of their own people, not the Israelis. There were a number of references in the book to the fact that the Arabs really had very little problem with the "Jews" but had a lot of problems with their own people. The notion that one was raised from infancy to hate a people for no reason blew me away, though I have known for some time that this happens. It is like a family feud that is fuelled by nothing but a history of the feud itself. Many of the Arabs refused to take supplies offered by the Jews so as not to give them the impression that they needed them in order to survive. And yet, the Arabs in this story fed on hatred and it ultimately consumed them in both a spiritual and physical sense. There were very disturbing parts of this book but I feel it was probably fairly accurate. I am sure that there are people who would think that this book was biased. I do not think so. The Haj was a very good book and a sad story of a family self-destructing.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jayne on 03-01-15

Insightful and Alarming but never dull & boring!

If you could sum up The Haj in three words, what would they be?

Excellent Audio!

What other book might you compare The Haj to and why?

Exodus tells about the plight of the Jewish people without a land
Haj is a story about the Arabs who have land they do not use or cultivate
The clash of the two cultures is heartbreaking

What does Neil Shah bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great! Very articulate - acting out the voices beautifully - one does not have to figure out who is talking because Neil Shah so easily takes on a different voice for each character- even the women. Wonderful Reader!

If you could rename The Haj, what would you call it?

Arab Assumptions and Chaos

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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