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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norman Lebrecht, Michael Bates Narrator: Michael Bates, Norman Lebrecht Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781615735594
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Martin Simmond’s father tells him, “Never trust a musician when he speaks about love.” The advice comes too late. Martin already loves Dovidl Rapoport, an eerily gifted Polish violin prodigy whose parents left him in the Simmonds’s care before they perished in the Holocaust. For a time the two boys are closer than brothers. But on the day he is to make his official debut, Dovidl disappears. Only 40 years later does Martin get his first clue about what happened to him.

In this ravishing novel of music and suspense, Norman Lebrecht unravels the strands of love, envy and exploitation that knot geniuses to their admirers. In doing so he also evokes the fragile bubble of Jewish life in prewar London; the fearful carnival of the Blitz, and the gray new world that emerged from its ashes. Bristling with ideas, lambent with feeling, The Song of Names is a masterful work of the imagination.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cami | 2/10/2014

    " I thought this book was garbage. Very disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shiri | 1/22/2014

    " I think this book tries to be too many things. Some of them (a story of Jewish life and inter-communal pressures, an interesting discussion of class in Britain, a look at xenophobia during the war in Britain) it does well. Others (a story about likable people who do bad things or blame others for their problems) it doesn't do in such a winning manner. Overall, enjoyable. Would I read it again or recommend it? Not unless I knew a Yiddish speaking prodigy who'd relate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla Kleinman | 12/24/2013

    " Sparkling and captivating story about a musical prodigy and the family who cares for and is devastated by him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/19/2013

    " 3.5: I liked this one for the period detail of London during WWII, and for the examination of the business side of classical music. I found the pacing a little uneven, though, and the narration pedantic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sue | 12/8/2013

    " I really liked this book...very thought-provoking. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but by the middle I was very into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Branson | 11/26/2013

    " "Song of Names" tells the story of the Holocaust through the lives of two men. It's a captivating mystery with well constructed characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Roberts | 11/4/2013

    " This book surprised me by it's manner of changing directions each time I thought I knew where it was headed. The tone is rather wistful, which suits the topic. The setting is well laid and the characters quite interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seymour Hersh | 10/8/2013

    " A mystery with a wonderful twist, cultural insight and a sombre reminder made for a great read. The relationships were quire interesting to folliow and relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva Carrasquero | 9/12/2013

    " As a classically trained musician I absolutely loved the musical descriptions in this book--the story itself was fascinating --loved this book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michal | 7/8/2013

    " a book you must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Mangigian | 7/4/2013

    " It started slow but the tension is building as you try to figure out where the author is going with it. Set in the time of the Gulp War with flashes back to England during WWII. Very intriguing and haunting but not very plausible. I enjoyed reading it anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Amster | 3/10/2013

    " Engaging story for both mystery and history lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 1/10/2013

    " The book started out very slow, but the end was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 10/15/2012

    " Loved the glimpse into the jewish community, the lives of classical music big wigs. Very memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 10/7/2012

    " Confusing book, had both good parts and boring parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ro_runner | 5/20/2012

    " Beautiful. A real page-turner. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyril | 3/23/2012

    " outstanding.keeps up the tension to the end.how two different worlds find a common theme "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa Hardin | 2/6/2012

    " Extremely interesting WW11 novel of music and suspense! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/16/2011

    " This book started out so slowly that I almost gave up a few times. I'm glad that I didn't. The more the book becomes about the transcendence of music and real and imagined betrayals, the better. By the time the book revealed the meaning of its title, I was glad that I stuck it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 8/8/2011

    " Extremely interesting WW11 novel of music and suspense! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/29/2011

    " This book surprised me by it's manner of changing directions each time I thought I knew where it was headed. The tone is rather wistful, which suits the topic. The setting is well laid and the characters quite interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sue | 6/18/2009

    " I really liked this book...very thought-provoking. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but by the middle I was very into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seymour | 8/4/2008

    " A mystery with a wonderful twist, cultural insight and a sombre reminder made for a great read. The relationships were quire interesting to folliow and relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/21/2008

    " It started slow but the tension is building as you try to figure out where the author is going with it. Set in the time of the Gulp War with flashes back to England during WWII. Very intriguing and haunting but not very plausible. I enjoyed reading it anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/28/2008

    " 3.5: I liked this one for the period detail of London during WWII, and for the examination of the business side of classical music. I found the pacing a little uneven, though, and the narration pedantic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyril | 12/31/2007

    " outstanding.keeps up the tension to the end.how two different worlds find a common theme "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 6/30/2007

    " Loved the glimpse into the jewish community, the lives of classical music big wigs. Very memorable. "

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