Friday the Rabbi Slept Late : Rabbi Small

  • by Harry Kemelman
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: Rabbi Small
  • 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Young and unassuming Rabbi David Small sorts through puzzling pieces of mysteries with logic straight from the Talmud. In Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, a shocking discovery on the temple grounds threatens to ruin both the diligent rabbi and the entire Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing. Unaware that his congregation is grumbling about his rumpled appearance and absent-minded manner, Rabbi Small spends long hours poring over scholarly books. But he is forced to face his congregants’ discontent when the police discover a young woman’s body outside the temple - and her handbag in his car. Suddenly Rabbi Small must study motives and uncover the killer, or lose more than his followers. Best-selling author Harry Kemelman fills his shrewdly plotted mysteries with likeable and cunning characters who could be your next door neighbors. Personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate, veteran narrator George Guidall expertly brings the harried rabbi and his mutinous congregation to life.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I slept late too, because i was up late listening.

Would you listen to Friday the Rabbi Slept Late again? Why?

I would listen to it again- I WILL listen to it again. It's a fun little mystery that set the tone for the whole series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rabbi Smalls is such an interesting character- not always likable, but his insights into the Jewish religion are always interesting. I learned lots about the true nature of a rabbi's duties with this series.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

Rabbi Smalls, again- though I thought he did a fine job with all the characters.

Any additional comments?

Check the series out if you like mysteries with a surprise ending. This is the first one and sets the tone. It may be a bit dated (1964) but it's good fun. All the clues are there and it's still a surprise when you find out who the killer is.

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- DARBY KERN "I read, I write, I listen to books. I have worked as a scriptwriter for many projects some of which you can buy on Audible!"

Thrilled to Find these on Audible! Great series!

I was so happy to discover the "Rabbi" series. I read them all back in the 60's, and have just listened to the first one again, and I think I liked it even more than before! Of course, hearing it narrated by the incomparable George Guidall just sweetened the whole experience.

It is interesting to note that there is nothing about all the new technology and police procedural changes in this passing of time that impacts this book--it is wonderful, just as it is--and probably will be in fifty more years!

Rabbi Small is relatively new to his position, and even as the mystery unfolds, he has some who hope to see him be voted out because they are not comfortable with his scholarly bent and tendency toward not looking as good as they would prefer. So when a murder occurs at the temple, with some evidence found in his car, the heat is turned up even more.

However, it is precisely his great skill at being able to thoroughly think through situations in an orderly way (demonstrated in the beginning of the story as he helps a couple of men solve a dilemma of legal proportions) that will bring about the solving of the crime.

I love "cerebral" type detectives--where the crime is solved more by mental skill than by entering into violent encounters, and this one satisfies in every way (except perhaps, that they are too short--both in terms of the story itself and the wish to just keep on listening to George Guidall for much longer!)

Great book, great series--highly recommend for a pleasant listen.
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- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-14-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books