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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 heartfelt chronicle by an eyewitness who lived through it all.

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  • Sophia Bunce
  • 15-04-2014

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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  • James
  • 23-03-2015

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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  • Ben
  • 08-04-2016

amazing

I couldn't put it down. The narrator added to the excitement as well. I wonder how accurate the information given to us by the author really is however.

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  • Christina
  • 04-02-2013

Incredible what the Jews did to each other!!

What did you love best about The Jewish War?

It opened up a part of history I did not really know. Most knows what happened to the Christians during this time, but for the Jews, it was a eye opener.

What did you like best about this story?

The details for the story, in the beginning it was a bit daunting. But, as the story continued I could vision the cities and the people.

Any additional comments?

This was the first audible book I have listen to, in the long commutes to work. Many parts of this story in not for the light hearted.

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  • Wuan
  • 06-07-2018

Fascinating history

This is a fascinating and enlightening book that I have wanted to read for years. However, the narrators constant mispronunciation of words made it difficult and frustrating to follow the story. The narrators tone, rhythm, and expression were just perfect. But he just kept mispronouncing word after word after word. Someone should have reviewed his work. He has the potential to be an extremely good narrator for this type of literature. He just needs to get the words pronounced correctly!

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  • Rudy F. Ochoa
  • 05-06-2018

A great work.

As a Christian I strive to understand the history of the Jews in order to better know God. This audiobook and it's narration was both educational and entertaining 😃.

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  • Vaughn Jackson
  • 13-05-2018

Really Vivid Account Of Events From Both Sides.

Really fantastic trip into time with vivid detailed description of events, written by a first century historian and eye witness, of what took place during A dreadful time in history for the Jews!

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  • kip hurley
  • 12-02-2018

A Must...

I have read Josephus writings, this reading of the jewish war is a pleasure. It simply flowed by with ease.

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  • mkl929
  • 01-05-2017

Jewish wars

Narrator needs to go to Sunday school and learn how to pronounce Jewish and Roman names. Otherwise, ok.

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  • E. Munoz
  • 29-12-2016

First Witness

Josephus, the celebrated First Century historian, and his account of the Great Jewish Revolt come to life with this wonderful recording.

The narrator's reading cadence helps the listener be transported to the events, the locations and the people that are being talked about.

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  • Silvine
  • 01-05-2015

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2017

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