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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (252 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:
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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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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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