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Publisher's Summary

An orphan leaves Dark Ages London, taking a dangerous journey and posing as a Jew to study medicine in Persia, in "an adventurous and inspiring tale" (Library Journal).
A child holds the hand of his dying mother and is terrified, aware something is taking her. Orphaned and given to an itinerant barber-surgeon, Rob Cole becomes a fast-talking swindler, peddling a worthless medicine. But as he matures, his strange gift - an acute sensitivity to impending death - never leaves him, and he yearns to become a healer.
Arab madrassas are the only authentic medical schools, and he makes his perilous way to Persia. Christians are barred from Muslim schools, but claiming he is a Jew, he studies under the world's most renowned physician, Avicenna. How the woman who is his great love struggles against her only rival - medicine - makes a riveting modern classic.
The Physician is the first book in New York Times best-selling author Noah Gordon's Dr. Robert Cole trilogy, which continues with Shaman and concludes with Matters of Choice.
©1986 Lise Gordon, Michael Seay Gordon and The Jamie Gordon Trust (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Lilian Piruzan on 01-01-18

From a Persian

As a Persian woman, it was difficult to enjoy this book. Though well written and a worthy story, I found it historically and culturally inaccurate and at times offensive.
An example is the multiple mentions of Ebn Sīna as an Arab!
When in fact, he was Persian. It would be like calling DeSCartes a British ! Blasphemy !

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By E. Malboeuf on 03-26-18

Narrator’s accent intolerable.

This may be a fantastic book but I couldn’t get through 5 minutes of listening. The voice is banal and the accent is weird. It sound like a combo of British and South Boston.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-28-18

impossible to listen to

This is truly awful narrative.
I found it impossible to listen to for more than ten minutes. Absolute waste of money.
I was looking forward to listen to this great tale, but I will remove this performance from my device.
I hate the voice, style of reading, accent, everything. I would not buy another recording read by this guy.

Bring on John Lee (Ken Follett books!!)

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dr on 04-07-18

Awful narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

this was a diverting if far fetched story. Completely spoiled by the narrator who struggled to pronounce common English words.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Higgins’s performances?

Absolutely not a chance. Not only did he mispronounce common English words, he paid no attention to the grammar of the text and so it was hard to follow in places. It was shockingly bad.

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