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.
"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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Magnificent Story, Mediocre Narration
No, the print version of The Source is the better version. Michener's tale across the millenia is magnificent, with startlingly different characters with unique voices and personalities. Whether it's a modern Israeli, an ancient stone age hunter/gatherer, a Jewish trader in the first century CE. - they're all individuals and it's easy to hear that in their speech.
The narrator's relative monotone; his steady pace is serviceable but I think listeners won't get as much out of The Source from it. Better to experience Michener's text. I'd already read the book a few times so that I already knew my favorite parts and the narration didn't diminish my experience (but it didn't add to it).
Too many; every time period has some memorable figures.
The narrator reads like the old time government language instructors from those "Language Learning" courses: monotonous, steady, plodding.
I was greatly disappointed that The Source hadn't received an updated narration by a trained voice actor. This reading appears to be an early 90s (or even earlier) recording back when narrators simply read the story without inflection. Occasionally, Audible has some of those early books and they're wearisome (even if the story is good)
I'm a big fan of The Source; it's fascinating and compelling reading. I'm not a fan of this recording. I regret spending the credit on it but I'll keep it because Michener's millennia long story still intrigues me.
- Taylor Rand "samuraijack"