A Favorite Son by Uvi Poznansky Audio-Book Review
Below is my Goodreads review of the audio-book, A Favorite Son, written by Uvi Poznansky. The availability of books in audio formatting is gaining popularity. Oral traditions have historically conveyed stories from one generation to another. The combination of the prose and the skill of the narrator to bring the story to life adds another dimension to the reading experience.
Thus, when I review an audio-book, I not only evaluate how engaging and well-written the story is, but also listen for the narrator’s ability to interpret the story. I particularly enjoyed the audio-book, A Favorite Son, because the prose was so beautifully written, and the narrator David Kudler added an emotional resonance to the bible story of Jacob and Esau.
A Favorite Son, written by Uvi Poznansky and narrated by David Kudler, retells the biblical story of Jacob and Esau. The tale is told from Jacob’s point of view which a modern audience can relate to. As an older man, Jacob tried to explain why he stole his older brother’s inheritance as he recounts his youth. Author Poznansky masterfully characterizes Jacob as an intelligent and self-reflective man who deeply regrets tricking his older twin, Esau, into exchanging his inheritance for a savory stew. The most poignant scene is when Jacob’s mother, Rachel, convinces Jacob to deceive his blind father, Isaac, into believing he is Esau. In doing so, Jacob steals his older brother’s blessing and subsequently the entire inheritance. This is a moral tale of the consequences of a parent favoring one child over another and pitting one against another to gain a father’s blessing as a favorite son. I highly recommend the audio-book because David Kudler delivers a heart-wrenching performance that capture Jacob’s sorrow and guilt as he narrates the story.