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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.
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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 !
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Nemo on 03-25-18
Awful Narration. Unless you’re under 5 or over 85.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I was so looking forward to this book but I can’t cope with the narration. As another reviewer said, it’s almost like listening to Kasey Kasem doing the top 30 countdown. Sesame Street also comes to mind.The sad part of it (aside from making the book unusable for me) is that I think Richard Higgins could have done a good job with this but he couldn’t help himself “acting” every single word. I tried slowing it down, speeding it up, turning the volume down till I could barely hear it. Unfortunately, nothing worked.I can see his style of super modulation as useful for keeping toddlers engaged, or stopping the elderly listener from drifting off but for everyone else, it will set your teeth on edge. Between the sudden changes in pitch and the pauses for emphasis, where the words were more than sufficient, I found it impossible to listen to.
Would you be willing to try another book from Noah Gordon? Why or why not?
I returned the audible version but I’ll read the book.
What little I listened to, it seems well researched.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Higgins?
Never. I can see his style of super modulation for keeping toddlers engaged, or stopping the elderly listener from drifting off but for everyone else in between, it will set your teeth on edge. Between the sudden changes in pitch and the pauses for emphasis, where the words were more than sufficient, I found it impossible to listen to.
Any additional comments?
Audible.com/audio book producers: Please put some thought into the selection of narrators. There are so many great voice actors out there who could use the work. Keep narrators like Higgins for Sesame Street. Or counting down the top 30, if that’s even a thing anymore.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Amazon Customer on 08-15-18
worth the wait
narration was perfect, twenty years after reading the book finally on audio and you've done a great job,thanks
By Caroline J. Curran on 08-11-18
A Page Turner
This story of a young man born in Medieval London during the reign of King Kute & his transformation through his life to become
Hakim, the Persian word for physician. For a Christian to become a Physician as deemed sacrilegious by powerful Islamic world kill infidels on sight. The protagonist, Rob J Cole, had become something different than a Christian or a Muslim in order to accomplish the metamorphosis from a Dark Age European to an Enlightened scientist.
The adventures lived & the growth under gone was inspiring, I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of olde England & Ancient Persia, their culture, the harshness and impossibly of life and historical allusions. The book is a great escape to a world far far from here.