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I nearly stopped listening in the first hour or so because of the narrator. She absolutely butchered every Arabic word in the book. The phrases made me cringe and cry out many times in disbelief at such horrible pronunciation. I'm not an Arabic speaker although Muslim so I do know when common islamic words are not said correctly. It would not have taken much work to learn how to say the names and titles she had to use over and over again. It really marred the book for me and I wish I could have read it in print instead but circumstances at the moment don't allow that. It showed to me that the narrator and Audible didn't care enough about this poignant story to give it a decent narration.
The book itself is both lovely and so difficult. I am quite aware of the Palestinian struggle and what those poor people endure, yet at times I had to pause to compose myself and not break down sobbing. The writing at times reminds of Khaled Hoessini which is a massive plus.
Would you listen to Mornings in Jenin again? Why?
Yes! Woodward's voice was not annoying, and I enjoyed her reading. This is the kind of book where you miss a few things the first time, so I would actually listen to it again to take note of the things I missed.
What did you like best about this story?
The relationships were so fantastically captured. I could identify with them even when I didn't have much in common with some characters.
What does Jennifer Woodward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I liked her accenting of the different POVs. I also presume that her pronunciation of Arabic terms is correct (it sounds correct); whereas if I read it I might have just skimmed over the Arabic terms. I also like that Woodward becomes passionate when Amaal is passionate. This is not an apathetic book, and so the narrator must not be apathetic either.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me laugh a few times, because some of the characters say funny things. And it made me smile warmly at some of the family/friend relationships. But mostly it made me cry many many times; not only because the tragedies were so great, but because I know they are based on reality.
Any additional comments?
I thought I knew a fare bit about the Israel-Palestine conflict, and that I was quite open-minded, but this book taught me so much more. I am glad I listened to it. It was heart-breaking, but I don't regret it. I only regret that humans do such horrid things to one another.
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This is a beautifully written and compelling story. As someone who is familiar with the Arabic language, I found the narrator's pronunciation of names and places disappointing. It would have been better to have someone who had a better command of either Arabic or Hebrew.
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