Summary

In AD 66, nationalist and religious revolutionaries in Judaea led a ferocious revolt of the Jewish people against the authority of mighty Rome, culminating in the greatest upheaval and savagery the world had known up to that time. By the end of the conflict seven years later, over one million Jews had perished and tens of thousands were sold into slavery. Until the Holocaust, it remained the greatest tragedy ever endured by a people.
How had this once prosperous region been laid low, and by what process did its fratricidal feuds take it down a slippery slope to utter annihilation? Fortunately for us, there was an eyewitness to the historical events: Joseph ben Matthias, known to posterity as Flavius Josephus.
In beautifully written and clearly understood prose, Josephus sets out to explain the origin of the conflict. He describes how the fanatical zealots came to dominate the political life of Judaea, illustrates how the Romans were drawn into the fight, and shows how the war was carried on by both sides, ending with the famous siege of the fortress of Masada.
The Jewish War is one of the most important histories to survive from ancient times, dealing as it does with a subject of which there are very few sources. This is an engaging and heart-felt chronicle by an eyewitness who lived through it all.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Silvine on 01-05-15

Great work; ruined by irritating narrator

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Somebody who can stand listening to an American who seems to think he is Winston Churchill but does not quite make it. His rendering of the English language sounds like something from a long departed era with unbearable bombast thrown in. What's more he makes uncorrected errors in his rendering of Josephus rattling on as if he is in a contest to get to the end asap.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jewish War?

Cannot say as I gave up after a while, unable to bear the torture any longer.

Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

Absolutely not. In fact I am really sorry to see that all the other works I'd like to listen to, i.e. Caesar's Wars and Thucydides are narrated by this same gentleman.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Jewish War?

None. It is all excellent stuff.

Any additional comments?

Ask David Suchet or Martin Jarvis to give this work a remake.

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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 14-09-17

amazing listen, worth the effort

amazing narrative, once you get over the bias and concentrate on the events you get a really evocative and emotional feel for the time

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sophia Bunce on 15-04-14

Makes Josephus Come Alive

Where does The Jewish War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Difficult to place it because the material is so different. I would rate it at the top of its class.

What other book might you compare The Jewish War to and why?

None that I've read.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Josephus surrenders.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

In parts, but it's not that kind of book.

Any additional comments?

The narrator is exceptional. I wish he would do the rest of Josephus.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By James on 23-03-15

Well done.

Loved the books contents and the reader was excellent! Josephus is a historical beast for the study of ancient history. Jewish Wars is a must read.

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