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Derek Perkins, whose narrator rating on Audible is consistently near perfect, hails from the UK. His voice is both intimate and intellectual, immediate and poetically lofty. In short, attending his performance is a pleasure.
The audiobook opens with a helpful glossary, introducing the listener to the international cast of characters that will populate the dynamic history. If fans of The Prime Ministers still hunger for more at the end of this recording, they can check out the full-length documentary film inspired by the memoir.
Written in a captivating literary style by a political adviser, speechwriter and diplomat, The Prime Ministers is an enthralling political memoir, and a precisely crafted prism through which to view current Middle East affairs. The Prime Ministers presents first-hand accounts of major historical events, including:
Menachem Begin's decision to bomb Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor
Yitzhak Rabin's handling of the Entebbe rescue mission
The Egypt-Israel peace process
The shelling of the Irgun arms ship, the Altalena Deir Yessin
It offers keen observations of key personalities, and unforgettable descriptions of political rivalries, diplomatic blunders, White House and Buckingham Palace banquets and more, to bring Israel's history to life in a way no book has done before.
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By Eli on 10-06-13
Great and fascinating book, wrong narrator.
I started reading the dead tree version of the book and was completely hooked. I thought I knew the history well, but the author provides some fascinating insights and background color to some of the most monumental and historical events in the modern State of israel.
I don't know who decided to choose the narrator (who is actually a fine narrator - heard his other books) but he just can't do the hebrew and yiddish phrases peppered throughout the book. (After all this is a book about Israeli prime ministers, who were all natives of Eastern Europe -except one, Rabin). Even as a trilingual speaker, I had a hard time understanding his rendition or pronunciation of common hebrew and yiddish phrases, let alone the rich inflection necessary to convey the necessary nuance.
So overall, this is a fascinating and well written book that I would highly recommend. If the mispronunciation of the hebrew or yiddish will bother you, then think about the print version)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Ed on 08-28-14
Reader should learn the dialect and pronunciation
Would you consider the audio edition of The Prime Ministers to be better than the print version?
have not read the print version, so do not know.
What did you like best about this story?
content and history
Would you be willing to try another one of Derek Perkins’s performances?
If you could give The Prime Ministers a new subtitle, what would it be?
Any additional comments?
The reader mispronounces hebrew and yiddish words, even people's names. Reader should check on correct pronunciation of unfamiliar word before embarking on this task. Might not be noticeable to some one unfamiliar with hebrew and yiddish, but makes it very difficult (almost, but not quite funny!) to listen to, for some who know the difference. AUDIBLE should get a new reader (Theodore Bikel?) and re-issue this book. Uncomfortable to listen to.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Jeremy Herz on 01-22-18
Fascinating book but poor narration
Excellent book but narrator obviously does not speak Hebrew or Yiddish, as he mispronounced the transliterated material on many occasions, which detracted from the performance.