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Publisher's Summary

In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginnings of the Jewish faith, thousands of years ago. Through the predecessors of four modern men and women, we experience the entire colorful history of the Jews, including the life of the early Hebrews and their persecutions, the impact of Christianity, the Crusades, and the Spanish Inquisition, all the way to the founding of present-day Israel and the Middle East conflict.
©2013 James A. Michener; 2015 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Fascinating...stunning...[a] wonderful rampage through history...Biblical history, as seen through the eyes of a professor who is puzzled, appalled, delighted, enriched and impoverished by the spectacle of a land where all men are archeologists." ( The New York Times)
"A sweeping [novel] filled with excitement - pagan ritual, the clash of armies, ancient and modern: the evolving drama of man's faith." ( The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Magnificent...a superlative piece of writing both in scope and technique...one of the great books of this generation." ( San Francisco Call Bulletin)
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2 out of 5 stars
By GGS Engineering on 09-11-15

Unlistenable

What would have made The Source better?

I’ve read most of James Michener’s books, on paper. The Source was my favorite, so although I seldom ever reread a book, this was a perfect Audible choice.

The book is as great as ever; however, the performance is so overdone that the distraction did not allow me to suspend disbelief and immerse myself into the story.

Larry McKeever is a bass baritone voice. The articulation borders on speech class drills and the deep roll offs are excessively fabricated. The reading is unconnected, and sound stress is not American English natural. For example, assuRED, laND, startED.

Many will love his voice. In my case, I became so distracted I returned the book after just a few hours. Apparently, I’m not alone.

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38 of 39 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Allison M Teed on 08-27-15

Sounds like a robot

What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

This performance sounded like a computer was reading the book. I had trouble paying attention because the reading was so monotonous, but the story was interesting.

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37 of 38 people found this review helpful

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