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Landsman Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Landsman, by Peter Charles Melman
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 4 (114 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Charles Melman Narrator: Daniel Oreskes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the summer of 1853, in Lafayette City, Louisiana, eleven-year-old Elias Abrams loses his mother to yellow fever. Grief-stricken and alone, he becomes embroiled in the street life of New Orleans. After Elias is falsely accused of a crime, and in order to escape arrest, he enlists in the Third Louisiana Regiment, where three thousand other Jews will ultimately fight for the Confederacy. Before long, though, Elias’ past catches up with him, and he realizes that he must face his demons, or lose the woman he loves. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What could be more worth of praise than a novelist who takes something that everyone's already looked at and considers it from the other side of the telescope in a way that's both unique and mesmerizing...Peter Melman has crafted a sensitive, important story with a debut worth making a big fuss over.”

    M. J. Rose, author of  The Reincarnationist

  • “Much remains untold about the impact of Southern Jews in the Civil War; Landman invites us into this rich, lost world that once was, though the power of one man’s story.”

    Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South

  • “Melman’s tale is meticulously researched, but the details of his narrative—the lay of the Missouri and Arkansas battlefields, the rush and roar of battle, the delicate waltz and lingo of innocent young love—Only season it; they do not bury it…Landsman is an undeniably fine and absorbing first novel by a promising talent.”

    Oregonian

  • “At times ribald and always real, Melman creates a rich and authentic story.”

    Booklist

  • “Melman has mixed a sumptuous blend of all the elements of classic storytelling to create a profoundly satisfying work.”

    BookPage

  • Landsman is both eartly and mystic, with themes of patricide, betrayal, and hope brought to satisfying and human resolution.”

    BookSense

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Gay | 2/12/2014

    " fabulous book!!!!! recommend if you like American Civil War period, love stories, southern men "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Amy-Karen | 12/18/2013

    " Supposed to the the new Red Badge of Courage. Don't count on it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Catherine Lera | 11/8/2013

    " It was an interesting book. The writing style was a bit stiff - kinda victorian, also very violent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Cheryl/Aradanryl | 8/15/2013

    " I rarely give up on a book but I'm abandoning this one a bit over halfway. Way way too much nasty language and gratuitious sex. "

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About the Author

Peter Charles Melman was raised in Louisiana, where he earned his doctorate in creative writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He currently teaches English at Hunter College High School in New York and lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Daniel Oreskes is a narrator as well as a film, television, and stage actor. He has earned two AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narrations and has twice been a finalist for the Audie Award, including for 2012 Audiobook of the Year. His several film roles include The Thomas Crown Affair and Day Zero, and his many television credits include episodes of  Law & Order. He has acted on Broadway in Electra and Aida and in the off-Broadway Arthur Miller play Mr. Peters’ Connections with Peter Falk, as well as in numerous Shakespeare performances. A native New Yorker, he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.