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Young and unassuming Rabbi David Small sorts through puzzling pieces of mysteries with logic straight from the Talmud. In Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, a shocking discovery on the temple grounds threatens to ruin both the diligent rabbi and the entire Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing. Unaware that his congregation is grumbling about his rumpled appearance and absent-minded manner, Rabbi Small spends long hours poring over scholarly books. But he is forced to face his congregants’ discontent when the police discover a young woman’s body outside the temple - and her handbag in his car. Suddenly Rabbi Small must study motives and uncover the killer, or lose more than his followers. Best-selling author Harry Kemelman fills his shrewdly plotted mysteries with likeable and cunning characters who could be your next door neighbors. Personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate, veteran narrator George Guidall expertly brings the harried rabbi and his mutinous congregation to life.

©1964 Harry Kemelman (P)1997 Recorded Books

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  • DARBY KERN
  • 19/12/2012

I slept late too, because i was up late listening.

Would you listen to Friday the Rabbi Slept Late again? Why?

I would listen to it again- I WILL listen to it again. It's a fun little mystery that set the tone for the whole series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rabbi Smalls is such an interesting character- not always likable, but his insights into the Jewish religion are always interesting. I learned lots about the true nature of a rabbi's duties with this series.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

Rabbi Smalls, again- though I thought he did a fine job with all the characters.

Any additional comments?

Check the series out if you like mysteries with a surprise ending. This is the first one and sets the tone. It may be a bit dated (1964) but it's good fun. All the clues are there and it's still a surprise when you find out who the killer is.

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  • Lawrence Dembo
  • 14/02/2015

Warm and gentle and clever

Terrific narrator tells the simple whodunnit with sensitivity and warmth.
Sure it's a bit dated but the politics are the same.
An enjoyable listen free of any of the nastiness of modern day murder writing. No swearing, no drugs. Kind of like "happy days" in a book.
Sad that t
It ended and off to get part 2 right now

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  • Calliope
  • 22/10/2014

nice lightweight mystery, old but new to me

This is a nice, lightweight mystery that is a little dated (written in 1964), but not in any way that detracts from the story or the writing. I had heard about the series of the rabbi sleuth many years ago, and it was nice to actually enjoy it now -- with one of my favourite narrators George Guidall, who did a wonderful job. The protagonist is only rabbi in a small New England town, and the mystery of the murdered woman is tied in with conflicts among the synagogue board members, office politics, and town gossip among the Jewish and non-Jewish residents. That helps it all ring true, with believable characters (for the mid-sixties suburbs).

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  • Sarah
  • 04/01/2016

A Jewish Middle Class Madmen!

A great little mystery with interesting characters. The narrator was very straight forward but gave just enough personality to the characters. My comparison to Madmen was based on the 1960's attitudes in this male dominated novel. It was fun to listen to a 'modern' novel that took place before PCs and cell phones.

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  • GrandmaG
  • 05/02/2014

Possible new series for my library

Firstly, I must admit, I bought this book because G. G. narrated. He's been one of my favorite narrators since "The Cat Who,,," books. I was not disappointed in his performance here, either. The beginning of the story did not hold my interest, I must admit. A few times I was tempted to turn it off and give up. At one point, I re-read the reviews here and on the Amazon site, and because the ratings were high, I decided to keep listening, and now I'm glad I did. For me, the story started getting interesting after the murder occured. If you've read or listened to enough of these types of stories, you will probably figure out who did it quite early, but it is enjoyable to discover the reasoning that rabbi employs to figure it out. I will probably continue with the series, especially since G.G. is narrating! For those who are interested in such things, (as I am), there are a few expletives, but no F-bombs. This is the reason I deducted one star.

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  • SUZANNE FORBESKindle Customer
  • 27/01/2016

You don't have to be Jewish to like it!

If you could sum up Friday the Rabbi Slept Late in three words, what would they be?

Back in Time

What other book might you compare Friday the Rabbi Slept Late to and why?

David A Kaufelt
The Bradley Beach Rumba
Both Great Trips Back In Time

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

Outstanding!
His narration,was Music to my Ears

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How Cerebral Are You?

Any additional comments?

I remember when this series
First hit the Bookshelves in the 1960's
Love this Audible version

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  • MidwestGeek
  • 06/12/2015

Like a police procedural. Dated but enjoyable.

I enjoyed this story, told from the point of view of the Rabbi. Written in the early 1960's, it certainly is dated, and if you demand action, you are likely to be disappointed. The writing is artful, and the teasing out of the story is skillfully done. The relationship between Police Chief Lanigan and Rabbi Small is used to elaborate on the beliefs and values of Conservative Judaism and contrast them with Catholicism and mainstream Protestant beliefs. It's amazing that this series proved so popular.

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  • Kathi
  • 09/02/2014

Thrilled to Find these on Audible! Great series!

I was so happy to discover the "Rabbi" series. I read them all back in the 60's, and have just listened to the first one again, and I think I liked it even more than before! Of course, hearing it narrated by the incomparable George Guidall just sweetened the whole experience.

It is interesting to note that there is nothing about all the new technology and police procedural changes in this passing of time that impacts this book--it is wonderful, just as it is--and probably will be in fifty more years!

Rabbi Small is relatively new to his position, and even as the mystery unfolds, he has some who hope to see him be voted out because they are not comfortable with his scholarly bent and tendency toward not looking as good as they would prefer. So when a murder occurs at the temple, with some evidence found in his car, the heat is turned up even more.

However, it is precisely his great skill at being able to thoroughly think through situations in an orderly way (demonstrated in the beginning of the story as he helps a couple of men solve a dilemma of legal proportions) that will bring about the solving of the crime.

I love "cerebral" type detectives--where the crime is solved more by mental skill than by entering into violent encounters, and this one satisfies in every way (except perhaps, that they are too short--both in terms of the story itself and the wish to just keep on listening to George Guidall for much longer!)

Great book, great series--highly recommend for a pleasant listen.

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  • K. Ray
  • 14/11/2017

Addictive

If you like Poirot/Mrs Marple, you will like this series, too. I love how Rabbi Small is actually part of the community, not just an observer.

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  • THoward
  • 12/01/2017

Twists and turns and a small town

I really enjoyed this book. While the book is not a timeless classic it does offer a thrill of figuring out people and their quirks.

Comparisons between religions and the duties of rabbis vs priests vs ministers was interesting. At the end I was just thrilled with Rabbi Small's suggestion of a lock. He's a wise rabbi and I will try the next book in the series.

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