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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (389 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herman Wouk Narrator: Peter Riegert, Zosia Mamet Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For more than fifty years, legendary author Herman Wouk has dreamed of writing a novel about the life of Moses. Finally, at age ninety-six, he has found an ingeniously witty way to tell the tale in The Lawgiver, a romantic and suspenseful epistolary novel about a group of people trying to make a movie about Moses in the present day. The story emerges from letters, memos, emails, journals, news articles, recorded talk, tweets, Skype transcripts, and text messages.

At the center of The Lawgiver is Margo Solovei, a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multibillionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including a reunion with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business.

Two other key characters in the novel are Herman Wouk himself and his wife of more than sixty years, Betty Sarah, who, almost against their will, find themselves entangled in the Moses movie when the Australian billionaire insists on Wouk’s stamp of approval.

As Wouk and his characters contend with Moses and marriage, the force of tradition, rebellion, and reunion, The Lawgiver reflects the wisdom of a lifetime. Inspired by the great nineteenth-century novelists, one of America’s most beloved twentieth-century authors has now written a remarkable twenty-first-century work of fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Witty and wise…Brisk, funny, and incisive, Wouk’s romantic comedy of art versus love slyly updates the story of the beloved star of his indelible novel Marjorie Morningstar, while nimbly (at last!) retelling the story of Moses. This smart, playful novel, along with Wouk’s remarkably sustained literary exuberance, will garner major media attention and avid reader interest.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A fun ride…The author has made something old, and something very old, new again.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Newman | 2/10/2014

    " Wow, great book- interesting conceit, easy to read, hard to believe this guy is 97! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 2/4/2014

    " I borrowed The Lawgiver from the Silver Bay Public Library today. It has a 14-day loan period, and I expect it will be a quick read. Wouk was 97 years old when he wrote this book. He is a character in it, but it is fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bobbi | 1/31/2014

    " Absolutely delightful and up to date novel written by one of our greatest living authors. He wrote this at about 94-95 and you'd never know it was written by someone that age. Wouk has written some of my favorite novels and although this one wasn't as deep as most of them, it was funny, current, and in some ways, quite touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol Cantrell | 1/27/2014

    " what a treat. It's about Moses, but it's not. It's a love story but it's not really. It's a love letter to his wife, it's that and more. Loved this, it made me happy. "

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