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Publisher's Summary

An Improbable Friendship is the dual biography of Israeli Ruth Dayan, now 98, who was Moshe Dayan's wife for 37 years, and Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil, Yasser Arafat's mother-in-law, now 74. It reveals for the first time the two women's surprising and secret 40-year friendship and delivers the story of their extraordinary and turbulent lives growing up in a war-torn country.
Based on personal interviews, diaries, and journals drawn from both women - Ruth lives today in Tel Aviv, Raymonda in Malta - author Anthony David delivers a fast-paced, fascinating narrative that is a beautiful story of reconciliation and hope in a climate of endless conflict. By experiencing their stories and following their budding relationship, which began after the Six-Day War in 1967, we learn the behind-the-scenes, undisclosed history of the Middle East's most influential leaders from two prominent women on either side of the ongoing conflict.
An award-winning biographer and historian, Anthony David brings us the story of unexpected friendship while he discovers the true pasts of two outstanding women. Their story gives voice to Israelis and Palestinians caught in the Middle East conflict and holds a persistent faith in a future of peace.
©2015 Anthony David (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By L M de Icaza on 03-30-16


This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It was a wonderful story, anyone would enjoy it, had the book been read by someone that took the time to learn how to pronounce the names of the characters and the places involved.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is a true tale of friendship that could heal the world.

Would you be willing to try another one of Denise Chamberlain’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Improbable Friendship?

I would have listened more closely and I would have corrected the narrator's mistakes in the narration before releasing the Audiobook to the public.

Any additional comments?

I regret the purchase of this book. Had this been my first audible book, it certainly would have been the LAST. The reader not only made mistakes in her narration in key parts of the book, but, was completely unable to pronounce many of the names and places. In fact, her pronunciation was so bad that it was almost impossible to understand who she was referring to, and where the events took place. Some of the names were pronounced a particular way in one chapter and then another way in a subsequent chapter. This Audible book also included a few very bad voice over edits. There are so many blunders that I will only give one laughable example; Denise Chamberlain pronounces the name “Simone de Beauvoir” as if this author and philosopher was Jacqueline (Bouvier) Kennedy Onassis’s sister (the narrator says Simone de Bouvier) I would like my money back, this Audible book was not in the realm of acceptable. The plethora of mistakes in narration were painful to hear.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-22-16


I really enjoyed listening to this book. What courageous women! Truly inspiring!

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