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King of the Jews Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample King of the Jews, by Leslie Epstein
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.33 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leslie Epstein Narrator: Edward Lewis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This masterpiece of black humor has taken its place among the great classics of Holocaust literature. Set in Poland, it is the story of I.C. Trumpleman, the indiscreet director of an orphanage. When the Germans invade and the Jewish community is forced into a ghetto, Trumpleman is chosen as the head of a Judenrat, granted the power to decide who will live and who will starve. By turns a con man, charismatic leader, and merciless dictator, Trumpelman reveals himself as an extraordinarily complex protagonist.

King of the Jews continues to be an extraordinary vision of occupied Poland, and offers stunning insight through the trappings of history to questions of equal moral complexity today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkable. A lesson in what artistic restraint can do to help us imagine the dark places in our history.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The first novel about the Holocaust that manages to be adequate to its own ambition.”

    New York Magazine

  • “The best book yet to be written on the Holocaust. A superb novel.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Profoundly daring…Epstein can summon up life from the bottom of despair.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Epstein has done the impossible…He has shown what the power of art—of his art—can reveal of the depths of the unspeakable.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Mature, brilliantly sustained, thoroughly engrossing.”

    Newsweek

Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Denelle Swaim | 2/26/2010

    " No book I read in college has stayed with me as long. If faced with an impossible choice, what would you do? It may not be what you think. What SHOULD you do? Your opinion may change after reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Rachel Ban | 3/29/2007

    " This book was a really painful read because of the subject matter. It gives an interesting perspective on the difficulties members of the Judenrat balancing trying to save people's lives while meeting the demands of the Nazi's. A dammed if you do, dammed if you don't dilemma. "

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About the Author

Leslie Epstein, whose father and uncle, Philip G. and Julius J. Epstein, wrote Arsenic and Old Lace, Casablanca, and many other classics of the golden era of films, is the author of eight works of fiction, including Pandaemonium and Pinto and Sons. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, and has for many years directed the Creative Writing Program at Boston University.

About the Narrator

Edward Lewis (a.k.a. David Hilder) is a stage, film, and television actor. He has narrated unabridged audiobooks for over eighteen years and has recorded more than two hundred titles, spanning works of fiction and nonfiction.