The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Richard Zimler

Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: July 2013

Duration: 13 hours 31 minutes

Summary:

The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, an international bestseller, is an extraordinary novel that transports listeners into the universe of Jewish Kabbalah during the Lisbon massacre of April 1506. Just a few years earlier, Jews living in Portugal were dragged to the baptismal font and forced to convert to Christianity. Many of these “New Christians” persevered in their Jewish prayers and rituals in secret and at great risk; the hidden, arcane practices of the kabbalists, a mystical sect of Jews, continued as well.

One such secret Jew was Berekiah Zarco, an intelligent young manuscript illuminator. Inflamed by love and revenge, he searches, in the crucible of the raging pogrom, for the killer of his beloved uncle Abraham, a renowned kabbalist and manuscript illuminator, discovered murdered in a hidden synagogue along with a young girl in dishabille. Risking his life in streets seething with mayhem, Berekiah tracks down answers among Christians, New Christians, Jews, and the fellow kabbalists of his uncle, whose secret language and codes by turns light and obscure the way to the truth he seeks.

A marvelous story, a challenging mystery, and a telling tale of the evils of intolerance, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon both compels and entertains.

“A moody, tightly constructed historical thriller that is both entertaining and instructive…both a good mystery story and an effective evocation of a faraway time and place…Little riffs of mysticism and Jewish lore…give [this] book its special and endearing character.”—New York Times

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  • Suzanne Saunders

    The narrators voice is unusual for audiobooks but you can get used to it. The story is well worth making that accommodation. Don't be put off by the sample. Pitch aside, the narrator does a good job with this mysterious view into the past. .

  • Larisa Butcher

    i would actually like to hear this story, but i ccouldnt get past the sample because of the narrator's voice. the bass in his voice was so loud that it was overwhelming.