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Would you consider the audio edition of The Lawgiver to be better than the print version?
Yes. The narrators are perfect, and the text is written as snippets of emails, letters, journal entries, and conversatios, so that the story really lends itself to the audio format with a male and female narrator.
What other book might you compare The Lawgiver to and why?
Wouk is a genius at developing a female character (see Marjorie Morningstar and Natalie Jastrow), so any of his other novels stand up well with his latest.
What about Peter Riegert and Zosia Mamet ’s performance did you like?
Reigert makes one feel as if he is listening to Wouk himself, and Mamet does the women and each of them true justice. These are big female characters, and I had tears in my eyes after the epilogue. I'm a 64 year old man.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
No movie. Please.
Any additional comments?
i have a neice who is a rabbi, and I can't wat for her to experience this book.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The Narrators. See below.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I would have to say Margo Solovei, as she seemed to be the most fleshed out. Oddly, off-screen character and uber-douchebag Smallweed is a runner-up, as the whole situation with him struck me as morbidly funny. Wouk also did a very good job writing himself as a self-insert.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
There were two narrators, a man and a woman. The male one was fine, the female one was bad - Margo sounded like a teenager reciting her diary. Also, if my memory is correct neither of them gave separate voices to the characters unless they had to - every epistle written by a male character had the same male voice, and second voices were only if the epistle contained dialogue.
Did The Lawgiver inspire you to do anything?
Not really. The Lawgiver isn't a weighty story: some light humor, some light romance, some light discussion of religion. All in all, a nice little story, if you're not expecting anything deep.
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