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

Flawed masterpiece

This is one of the best-known British works of the first half of the 20th century. It conveys well the mystique of the man, which continues to fascinate, and his descriptions of the desert landscape and his metaphysical identification with the Arab culture and people radiate from the text. But it wanders, it is highly egocentric, and it's not really to be relied on as an historical account. It nonetheless is a marvellous experience, and perfect as an audio book where Lawrence's world can be dreamed of with eyes closed.
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- kerry

Book Details

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