With Conversations with Rabbi Small, Harry Kemelman adds layers of depth to one of the most beloved characters in contemporary fiction. Rabbi Small's investigative talents and great learning come in handy while he's vacationing in the mountains one June-even though there's no murder to be solved. Faced with performing an emergency conversion, the rabbi must bring his celebrated tenacity and intuition to bear on a different kind of problem. Joan Abernathy has asked Rabbi Small to convert her so she can marry a Jew. The couple's quandary prompts him to delve deep into the philosophy and history of Judaism. As he answers their difficult questions, Rabbi Small realizes it is not Joan whom he must convert. Veteran narrator George Guidall has been personally approved by the author's estate. As you listen to his rich performance, you will find yourself sitting right in the rabbi's rustic cabin, sipping ginger ale, and being drawn inextricably into the fascinating conversation. If you enjoy the rabbi's company, be sure to check out the Rabbi David Small mystery series, available exclusively from Recorded Books, Inc.
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by Harry Kemelman
by Harry Turtledove
"Rabbi Small takes a break from sleuthing and heads to the mountains, but instead of working on his book, he finds himself spending time with a young couple engaged to be married. Joan, the bride-to be, is not a Jew and wishes to convert. Her intended, Aaron, is a Jew but not observant. Rabbi Small sets about explaining what it means to be a Jew, ostensibly to Joan, but Aaron is drawn more and more into the conversations on the porch of the rabbi's cabin. George Guidall portrays the rabbi, who is deeply religious, learned and realistic, in an accent with hints of Brooklyn in it. Aaron is intelligent, snappish and wise. Joan is innocent and somewhat clueless but sincere. It's a tribute to Guidall's powers that the listener becomes fond of all three characters and deeply interested in the rabbi's evening discourses. L.R.S. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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