The Brothers Ashkenazi

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Audiobook app “The Brothers Ashkenazi” by Israel Joseph Singer (brother of  Isaac Bashevis Singer) is presented by Blackstone Audio.

In the Polish city of  Lodz, the Brothers Ashkenazi grew up very differently in talent and in temperament. Max, the firstborn, is fiercely intelligent and conniving, determined to succeed financially by any means necessary. Slower-witted Jacob is strong, handsome, and charming but without great purpose in life. While Max is driven by ambition and greed to be more successful than his brother, Jacob is drawn to easy living and decadence.

As waves of industrialism and capitalism flood the city, the brothers and their families are torn apart by the clashing impulses of old piety and new skepticism, traditional ways and burgeoning appetites, and the hatred that grows between faiths, citizens, and classes. Despite all attempts to control their destinies, the brothers are caught up by forces of history, love, and fate, which shape and, ultimately, break them (more -> here).

Self-contained, this audiobook app is perfect for your commute, on a trip, or while relaxing. Based on a library-quality recording, this app was built especially for your iPhone and iPod Touch. No unreadable text, no endless scrolling on a tiny screen. The audio is of higher-than-normal quality, making for a great listening experience that will not tire your ears or grate on your nerves.

Notice: This app includes the exact same 5-star recording offered elsewhere at much higher prices. It was professionally recorded by Blackstone Audio’s Audie®-winning narrator,  Stefan Rudnicki*. You are not buying yet another amateur or volunteer narration.  No clicks, background noises, throat clearing, mispronunciations, tinny voices or monotones will be found here.

  • Experience. About 17.5 hours of narration. Created as a Folium enhancedAudio™ edition, this book includes extra functions and features not found on lesser players.
  • Player controls. Includes listen (play), pause, multi-speed fast forward/reverse, jump ahead/back, chapter skip, volume control, one-touch chapter- and bookmark browser. There is also a “scrub” bar that finds any point inside the chapter with just a tap.
  • Sleep timer. Have you ever fallen asleep watching TV or listening to a book? If so, you’ll love this feature. Once set, the book will stop, place a bookmark, and allow you to jump back to where you probably began dozing.
  • Clear & elegant design. Simple, clean, intuitive, and smarter than average.
  • Chapter timings. Always know how much time it will take to finish a chapter. Plus, the progress bar at the top of the screen shows how far into the book you’ve come.
  • Offline listening. You are airplane-ready! Once downloaded, listen uninterrupted without threat from a lost network connection. Downloads are usually just 5-10 minutes, but depend upon your network speed.
  • Auto-bookmarking. The player remembers where you stopped listening and returns to that exact spot when you open the book again.
  • Tell-a-friend. An easy way to recommend the book to your friends or Twitter feed.
  • Feedback. Share your ideas for books, functions, and features. We are very responsive to our listeners and appreciate all feedback and ideas.
  • Rating. Suitable for adults interested in historical Jewish culture and classic works in the pre-modernist vein.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Category: Books
Released: January 08, 2011
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Copyright © 2009-2010 by Folium Partners
Price: $9.99  (buy app)

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*Stefan Rudnicki (born January 1, 1945, in Krakow, Poland) is an independent director, producer, narrator, and publisher of audiobooks. For his work, he has received 11 Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association and a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for The Children’s Shakespeare (1999). Outside of the audiobook industry, he’s probably best known for the dozen books he’s written or edited, from actor’s resource anthologies to a best-selling adaptation of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”.  He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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