The Jewish War

  • by Flavius Josephus
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 23 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In AD 66, nationalist and religious revolutionaries in Judaea led a ferocious revolt of the Jewish people against the authority of mighty Rome, culminating in the greatest upheaval and savagery the world had known up to that time. By the end of the conflict seven years later, over one million Jews had perished and tens of thousands were sold into slavery. Until the Holocaust, it remained the greatest tragedy ever endured by a people.
How had this once prosperous region been laid low, and by what process did its fratricidal feuds take it down a slippery slope to utter annihilation? Fortunately for us, there was an eyewitness to the historical events: Joseph ben Matthias, known to posterity as Flavius Josephus.
In beautifully written and clearly understood prose, Josephus sets out to explain the origin of the conflict. He describes how the fanatical zealots came to dominate the political life of Judaea, illustrates how the Romans were drawn into the fight, and shows how the war was carried on by both sides, ending with the famous siege of the fortress of Masada.
The Jewish War is one of the most important histories to survive from ancient times, dealing as it does with a subject of which there are very few sources. This is an engaging and heartfelt chronicle by an eyewitness who lived through it all.

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Makes Josephus Come Alive

Where does The Jewish War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Difficult to place it because the material is so different. I would rate it at the top of its class.


What other book might you compare The Jewish War to and why?

None that I've read.


Which scene was your favorite?

When Josephus surrenders.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

In parts, but it's not that kind of book.


Any additional comments?

The narrator is exceptional. I wish he would do the rest of Josephus.

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- Sophia Bunce

Well done.

Loved the books contents and the reader was excellent! Josephus is a historical beast for the study of ancient history. Jewish Wars is a must read.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2012
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur