For the Temple
By G.A. Henty
Dramatically read by Jim Hodges
"In all history there is no drama of more terrible interest than that which terminated with the total destruction of Jerusalem. Had the whole Jewish nation joined in the desperate resistance made by a section of it to the overwhelming strength of Rome, the world would have had no record of truer patriotism than that displayed by this small people in their resistance to the forces of the mistress of the world. Unhappily, the reverse of this was the case.
Except in the defense of Jotapata and Gamala, it can scarcely be said that the Jewish people as a body offered any serious resistance to the arms of Rome. The defenders of Jerusalem were a mere fraction of its population, a fraction composed almost entirely of turbulent characters and robber bands, who fought with the fury of desperation, after having placed themselves beyond the pale of forgiveness or mercy by the deeds of unutterable cruelty with which they had desolated the city before its siege by the Romans. They fought, it is true, with unflinching courage, a courage never surpassed in history, but it was the courage of despair, and its result was to bring destruction upon the whole population as well as upon themselves.
Fortunately the narrative of Josephus, an eye-witness of the events which he describes, has come down to us; and it is the storehouse from which all subsequent histories of the events have been drawn. It is no doubt tinged throughout by his desire to stand well with his patrons Vespasian and Titus, but there is no reason to doubt the accuracy of his descriptions."
In addition to providing the above introduction to the book, G.A. Henty also states that he has endeavored to present the reader (and listener!) with as vivid a picture as possible of the events of the war without encumbering the story with details, and except as regards the exploits of John of Gamala, of whom Josephus says nothing, he has strictly followed in every particular the narrative of the historian.
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"These books are beautifully read." "Little Bear" Wheeler
"What do you get when you cross a spellbinding story with an eloquent storyteller? You get Jim Hodges reading aloud a G. A. Henty book! We had to drive 6 hours this weekend and our family was enthralled! Mr. Hodges reads with a fluent style that charmed us all, from Drew (7 years) to Daddy (40 years)." L. F. - Renton WA, TEACH Magazine
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"Whether you are out on a walk, riding in the car, or just sitting by the fire, you will be able to bring these G. A. Henty classics with you wherever you go. Jim Hodges has brought to life these Henty novels in unabridged, dramatic readings. The tapes are high-quality and well recorded with strong, clear reading - perfect for recapturing that "lost" time in the car." Gods World Book Club
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"Its hard to do two things at once when one of them is reading, but you can always listen while doing something else. Unless, of course, you get too engrossed in these engaging novels. Recorded by historian Jim Hodges, these high-quality tapes feature clear, dramatic reading. Having a real storyteller tell the story makes a world of difference. These tapes are especially good for those long car trips. . . . In addition to the entertainment value, the whole family is also learning history as you listen to them. Each book is recorded on 8 tapes, with 100 minutes per tape, for 13 hours of enjoyment per book." Stephanie (Rainbow Resources)
Those L-O-N-G holiday car trips will go a lot quicker with audiobooks, and here are some we heartily recommend for the whole family, ESPECIALLY if you are a fan of G. A. Hentys historical fiction. Jim Hodges has done a GREAT job of transferring 5 (and more to come) of Hentys books UNABRIDGED onto audio cassettes. We enjoyed "Winning His Spurs." Even my children could tell that Mr. Hodges engaging reading made you feel as though you were present for the conversations among the characters. . . These tapes are ideal for fans of historical adventure fiction for young and old. If you get them for a car trip, you may find yourself driving a little further than you planned just so you can hear what happens next! Instead of hearing, "Are we there yet?" you may be hearing, "Do we HAVE to stop now?". :-) Sharon Powell, Editor, Make-A-Note, an e-zine with a CIRCULATION of 28,529 (from around the world!)
The Henty audio books recorded by Jim Hodges are now available in MP3 CDs. These are NOT regular CDs that can be played on any CD player. They can be played on a DVD player, a computer CD-ROM or a boom box that has a CD player that is compatible with MP3 CDs. Mr. Hodges made them in this format instead of regular CDs because the entire book can be recorded onto ONE MP3 CD, thus keeping the cost down from the many regular CDs it would take for one book. Just be aware when you order the MP3 CDs that they won’t play on a regular CD player without MP3 capability.