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Publisher's Summary

A reclusive computer programmer, Nathan Yirmorshy, pounds out ones and zeros in the quiet of his home while his landlord secretly watches from behind a two-way mirror. When an intercepted note connects the landlord to a secret society, and a detective ends up dead, Nathan must abandon his home and everything familiar to him, open his heart to a tarot reader he has never met, and trust her with his life - just as the ancient scriptures have foretold.
An appendix of essays by rabbis, doctors, and physicists discuss the themes of the book, specifically, the Bible codes and the Shekinah, the female aspect of God.
©2011 Ezra Barany (P)2014 Ezra Barany
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeremy Moran on 08-02-14

Eat your heart out, Dan Brown

What did you like best about this story?

It's very compelling. While the story of "codes hidden in scripture" has been done before with varying degrees of success, Ezra Barany puts a new twist on it that works quite well and keeps you listening! There's also a good deal of humor sprinkled in to what would be otherwise grim at times situations.

Which character – as performed by Bryan Reid – was your favorite?

The main characters- Nathan and Sofia- are both very well done, as is his interpretation of the Rabbi. Bryan Reid definitely has a solid grasp of Jewish pronunciation and concepts and managed to get that across in his reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Two moments in particular are very well done, but to say what they are would be very spoilerriffic! Suffice it to say that there are some plans that take a while to come together, but when they do they are glorious!

Any additional comments?

There are a few essays at the end of the book that shed more light on some of the concepts presented in the book; while the book is perfectly enjoyable if you do not read them, they give an added depth to certain parts of the story that people might find interesting if they're so inclined.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 06-10-14

Intriguing Thriller

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

For the most part, yes. The story was intricate enough, I had to listen carefully to catch the details. The author is skilled in developing the action and revealing details in the plot on an "as needed basis", therefore keeping the suspense alive. And adding in the red herring was a nice touch.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I really liked Mr. Reid's character voices. I was never in doubt which character was speaking and his delivery made the characters very real. I found his narration style a little confusing, though. I believe he was going for a dry delivery, such as in noir, but at times it came across as a little dehumanized and more like a computer. A storyteller will have an emotional reaction to the action of the story which helps guide the listener, and I believe this should come across even in a dry read. However, this was MINOR distraction and didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the book..

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked when Nathan realized that asymmetry can be beautiful, too.

Any additional comments?

I thought it was interesting the author included the essays about the real-life theory of the Bible Codes at the end. I listened to all. Some were very interesting and others didn't really hold much information that I was interested in, but they're there if you want to listen. I like having that option.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anna on 06-24-14

A thriller with a really interesting background

Would you consider the audio edition of The Torah Codes to be better than the print version?

I listened to this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am a fan of the mystery-thriller genre, but had not read the original book. However, I did thoroughly enjoy Bryan Reid's narration, which had a good deal of first-person narration by the main character, Nathan Yimorshi. I felt that his steady pacing and vocal tone suited the book well, and brought Yimorshi and the characters around him to life, so given the choice I would much rather have listened to than simply read the text.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I did like the protagonist, Yimorshi, very much. It was unusual to hear the story from the point of view of a main character affected by bipolar disorder. He was likeable and inventive (especially in his approach to shooing away the bad guy, which was a great, fun part of the book), and together with the performance, made for a character where I really wanted to know what he'd do/say next.

Which character – as performed by Bryan Reid – was your favourite?

The Rabbi was superb, I thought. I'm afraid that I came to the book with very little first-hand knowledge of The Torah or Jewish culture, (which turned out not to be a problem as everything is explained well both in the book itself, and with further detail in the appendix).

All the characters were very distinct throughout the book, but the Rabbi was voiced beautifully, in his tone, his inflection, radiating warmth and guidance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this book in some long sittings, where time flew by as I got lost in it, but it's a little long, in my opinion, for one sitting. It is a compelling listen, the plot intriguing, the characters' conversations fun and nicely frank, and the tension doesn't drop - but by its nature, it's long.

Any additional comments?

It's impossible to explain without spoilers, but it has a very satisfyingly concluded end for the characters. Occasionally, with such long, dangerous adventure thrillers, endings can feel flimsy or there to shock, or simply tacked on. That's not the case here.

(Also, as a non-expert on some of the concepts surrounding The Torah Codes and MEG and so on, I did also enjoy finding out more in the appendix about what elements of the story are based in reality or realistic theory, and once more, the explanations were clear and concise.)

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