Reviews for Lawgiver


AudioFile Reviews 2013 January
Those looking for a novel that imagines the life of Moses should be aware that this isn't it. Instead, it's an unconventional story made up of letters, texts, and emails between the novelist Wouk and several people hoping to make a new Moses film. Epistolary novels are not easy to convert into successful audio experiences, and this attempt falls way short. Peter Riegert is a talented narrator with a pleasing voice. However, he only has one voice, making it difficult for the listener to differentiate the authors of the various missives. Zosia Mamet has fewer characters to keep track of. She attempts to give them different voices, but her success is inconsistent. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

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Library Journal Reviews 2013 March #2

Wouk's brief 2012 epistolary novel, in which he and his wife are characters, is a mashup of Hollywood life, the writing game, Judaism, and the screwy machinations of everyday existence. The plot concerns the impossibility of Wouk's capturing the immensity of Moses's life in a novel while a rabbi's twentysomething daughter, who has rejected her religion to make art films, nails it perfectly in a screenplay. Along with the hurdles of constructing an epic film and book, this title includes ruminations on love, marriage, and the oil business. The narrative unfurls through emails, letters, texts, faxes, phone calls, etc. Narrators Peter Riegert and Zosia Mamet enliven the text, but repeated readings of addresses down to the zip codes (items you'd skip in print) quickly get monotonous, and the frequent use of characters' initials often makes it hard to identify the speaker. Although the dialog is superb, the plot is thin. The characters and story also are so rooted in Judaism that listeners outside that faith may be perplexed. VERDICT While charming, this title is a lesser work by a literary master. ["May Wouk have other tales in him and live to be 120," read the starred review of the S. & S. hc, LJ 11/1/12.--Ed.]--Mike Rogers, Library Journal

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