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Friday the Rabbi Slept Late

A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: Rabbi Small, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Young and unassuming Rabbi David Small sorts through puzzling pieces of mysteries with logic straight from the Talmud. In Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, a shocking discovery on the temple grounds threatens to ruin both the diligent rabbi and the entire Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing. Unaware that his congregation is grumbling about his rumpled appearance and absent-minded manner, Rabbi Small spends long hours poring over scholarly books. But he is forced to face his congregants’ discontent when the police discover a young woman’s body outside the temple - and her handbag in his car. Suddenly Rabbi Small must study motives and uncover the killer, or lose more than his followers. Best-selling author Harry Kemelman fills his shrewdly plotted mysteries with likeable and cunning characters who could be your next door neighbors. Personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate, veteran narrator George Guidall expertly brings the harried rabbi and his mutinous congregation to life.

©1964 Harry Kemelman (P)1997 Recorded Books

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  • Miss TDQ
  • 17-02-2019

FANTASTIC! SIMPLY FANTASTIC!

The series was recommended by my Rabbi - and it’s the first of ten. Anyway, it had me in stitches! The humour is great, as is a pretty fair reflection of the Conservative Jewish community. Beautifully performed, and completely engaging.

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  • Carôle
  • 05-12-2017

Interesting and Educational

I read this book based on a book club recommendation. I'm really glad that I did. As a Christian, I thought that I knew a little bit about Judaism, I was wrong. Essentially, I knew nothing.

Having listened to this novel, I'm intrigued enough now to listen to the rest of the series. It feeds into my love of mystery and religion, the characters are endearing and the ritual interesting. The story itself, held its own and is no better or worse than any Agatha Christie tale.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 04-11-2016

Another, more innocent age.

Rabbi David Small is a young man who has the mind of a Jesuit! He has solid ethical values, but lives in a small American town with a newly growing Jewish population where the founders of the temple are powerful, politically and financially aware, and rivals.
Kemelman explains Conservative Judaism very well ( as far as I can tell ) as a system of ethical living, akin to Buddhism, without much reference to the Almighty, and his version of Catholic theology isn't exactly kosher!
This is the USA before 9/11, almost before Vietnam, still parochial, self-congratulatory, class-ridden and money-mad.
It's comforting listening, so last century. I read some of this series aeons ago, from the library, and now enjoy going to sleep with the voice of another USA (the road films, etc) and the wee setbacks of small business and parish pump pride.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-2015

An Easy Listen

Although a murder mystery lies at the heart of this story, don't think that the Rabbi is some sort of super sleuth, Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot type character. He is not that type at all. He is slow moving and deliberate and more or less uses theology as a process of elimination to solves issues in his community. Sounds weird? Just give it a go, you'll see what I mean. Also the murder is not the central theme at the heart of this story, for me it was about the Rabbi and his Marmite relationship with those who frequent the Temple and how as the story unfolds his standing in the community changes.

In terms of the narration, very enjoyable and leisurely paced. The narrator, has a pleasent voice and uses a good range of accents and tones in order to differentiate between the characters. Apparantly he is the premier narrator of audio narrations. I can see why.

I do intend to follow up the Rabbi's progress, in the next installment in the series, Saturday, the Rabbi...

Abbie