Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • by T. E. Lawrence
  • Narrated by James Wilby
  • 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lawrence of Arabia's seminal work charts his time with British Military Intelligence in the Levantine territories, during the wars with the Turks. The manuscript is candid and action-packed (and was entirely re-written after Lawrence lost the original manuscript whilst changing trains).

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What the Critics Say

"This is a masterful recording of the memoirs of the man better known as Lawrence of Arabia." (Financial Times)"At 350,000 words it is a long haul for modern listeners; this abridgement keeps the swing and zing of Lawrence's prose and James Wilby narrates with the fierce engagement that the book deserves.." (The Times)

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Interesting book ruined by poor production

Of all the audio books that I?ve purchased during the past couple of years this one has to rate as one of the poorest. It was a relief to finish it and a test of endurance for the majority of the listen. Now, the narration isn?t too bad and perfectly acceptable. For James Wilby?s efforts I?d probably rate him a 3 or 4 stars. However, the prose itself was fragmented, lacking context and meaning, and too much of a relaying of events without the bigger picture to form the backdrop. Fair enough, it?s an abridged version and some books can even benefit from such a format, but I do think that this isn?t one of them. True, it does have some interesting highlights and there?s just about enough to keep the listener going ? about 3 stars for content. Then, there?s that interminable ?Swan? by Saint-Saens, the music between each episode and part, repeated time and again. Extremely irritating, annoying and totally unnecessary. It is this very poor production (which itself merits a negative rating if such were possible) that renders this audio book just 1 star in the final reckoning. I mean, at one point in the book there was a full 3 minutes plus of musical interlude. WHY? You have been warned?hear comes that ?swan? again?arrrggghhh!!!
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- David

seven pillars of wisdom

When you hear this book I think that it should be compulsory reading for all the people who deal in the middle east,as far as I can make out it could have been wrote yesterday. I have lived and worked in the middle east and I enjoyed every minute but it has not changed a jot by the reading of this book
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2008
  • Publisher: CSA Word