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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Leshem Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781400176618
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By turns subversive and darkly comic, brutal and tender, Ron Leshem’s debut novel is an international literary sensation, winner of Israel’s top award for literature, and the basis for a prizewinning film.

Beaufort: to the handful of Israeli soldiers occupying the ancient crusader fortress, it is a little slice of hell—a forbidding, fear-soaked enclave perched atop two acres of land in southern Lebanon, surrounded by an enemy they cannot see. And to the thirteen young men in his command, twenty-one-year-old Lieutenant Liraz “Erez” Liberti is a taskmaster, confessor, and their only hope in the face of attacks that come out of nowhere and missions seemingly designed to get them all killed.

All around them, tension crackles in the air. Long stretches of boredom and black humor are punctuated by flashes of terror. And the threat of death is constant. But in their stony haven, Erez and his soldiers have created their own little world, their own rules, their own language. And here Erez listens to his men build castles out of words, telling stories, telling lies, talking incessantly of women, sex, and dead comrades. Until, in the final days of the occupation, Erez and his squad of fed-up, pissed-off, frightened young soldiers are given one last order: a mission that will shatter all remaining illusions—and stand as a testament to the universal, gut-wrenching futility of war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Evocative, heartbreaking and haunting…Beaufort is that rare thing, a novel of deep moral concern in which sympathetically drawn and beautifully realized characters are allowed to speak for themselves.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Thirteen young soldiers spring to life with voices at once self-critical and brash, tender, and darkly flippant…Though firsthand accounts and combat memoirs line the shelves of bookstores, Leshem’s fiction rivals them in the completeness of his cosmos of war.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An important novel…This is a picture of war from a soldier’s point of view. Its language is crude, the body count rises, and yet the tenderness of the bonds among the men is extraordinary.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A gripping, viscerally powerful tale…An alternately grim and blackly comic war/coming-of-age novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janie Lee | 2/5/2014

    " Story of the last Israeli soldiers being evacuated from Lebanon. Great book, makes you feel like you were there - but one of the few cases where I thought the movie was better (also scripted yb Ron Leshem). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/10/2014

    " Contemporary war story. War is for men, not for boys, so why are the boys the ones who have to fight? Read it and weep. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlaralotte | 1/3/2014

    " Quite interested in historical & socio-political situation of Beaufort, but found unending in-depth soldier narrative bit tedious. Gave up. Will rent movie of this book as think it will be better as moving picture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eliza | 12/31/2013

    " Comic at times representation of the Israeli side of the conflict. It's much easier to find Palestinian reports of them as the oppressed people, now here is a picture of Israelis as the oppressors, but not just that, it goes so much deeper as the issue gets more complex. Both sides see armed action as necessary to protect their people. Good book, which brings a comic side to the dispute, which is greatly needed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayelet Waldman | 12/23/2013

    " I'm on an Israeli novel kick. This one, about the war in Lebanon, is great. The movie was pretty terrific, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Segal | 12/19/2013

    " If you really want to understand the mind set of young boys serving in the IDF, this is the book for you. It is interesting and heartbreaking at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/11/2013

    " Amazing characters and if you've lived in Israel, you know or have met every single one of them. I couldn't put this down and now want to see the movie which won awards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Wasser | 11/13/2013

    " Loosely based on the real-life struggles of an Israeli army unit based at a crusader fort inside Southern Lebanon, it is a no-holds-barred story of the hell that is war. The characters are very well drawn, and the absurdity of the various situations in which they find themselves is quite clear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 8/7/2013

    " I read this book mostly while wearing my uniform. As a soldier this book really struck me. I rarely read books more than once, but I think this will be one that I read again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 1/9/2013

    " This is beautifully written, but very sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.C. McCarthy | 10/8/2011

    " Great book. Written from the perspective of an Israeli Officer charged with manning one of their outposts in Lebanon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darshan Elena | 6/20/2011

    " Loved pages one through one hundred. Sometime thereafter, I lost steam and shelved the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darkovary | 5/17/2011

    " The only book that made me CRY "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.C. | 4/5/2011

    " Great book. Written from the perspective of an Israeli Officer charged with manning one of their outposts in Lebanon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 9/10/2010

    " Contemporary war story. War is for men, not for boys, so why are the boys the ones who have to fight? Read it and weep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/20/2009

    " If you really want to understand the mind set of young boys serving in the IDF, this is the book for you. It is interesting and heartbreaking at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 11/1/2008

    " I read this book mostly while wearing my uniform. As a soldier this book really struck me. I rarely read books more than once, but I think this will be one that I read again and again. "

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About the Author

Ron Leshem is deputy director in charge of programming at Channel Two, Israel’s main commercial television network. His book Beaufort won the Sapir Prize—Israel’s top literary award—in 2006. Leshem lives in Tel Aviv.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.