A little bit of mystery. A little bit of history. A little bit of bible. A little bit of religion. A little bit of middle east. Wrap it all together and you have a good listen. Yeah, a little bit of sex too.
I enjoyed this book and found the story of Queen Ester to be compelling. If you like historical fiction it is a good audio book.
This account mainly belongs to Shoshana Cooper, but as Audible has forced us to combine our account with our Amazon account, it has placed my loving husband's name on my reviews.
Although this book does follow the text of the book of Esther and tries to answer some missing questions, it does not appear that the authors did much research in the Jewish commentaries of the book or on the observance of Purim. I particularly disliked the continued references to the sign of the twisted cross, an obvious attempt to connect Haman with the Nazis. I also disliked calling the capital Susa instead of Susan and the mispronunciation of Vashti's name.
However, there was at least one midrash (about Haman's daughter) that was included and I did like the adding of the historical context. It was a little weird to hear about Esther and Xerxes instead of Esther and Ahasuerus, but I understand that. I also found it interesting the development of characters that are only briefly mentioned in the Megillah. (But again, the midrash that one of the characters was really Haman is ignored.)
I had hoped that this book would be appropriate for our synagogue book group, but I cannot recommend it. But it has motivated me to learn more about traditional midrashim about Esther.
Also, the comparison to "The Red Tent" falls very short because of the book's perspective.
I have always enjoyed the biblical story of Queen Esther. This portrayal brings her character, her life and times and the Jewish customs and lifestyle to a renewed vitality and consideration of the ages old story. I was so happy to find that their was a sequel to this book to listen to as well.
Ot was so nice to listen to this great book. historical fiction is my favorite. I like that the author kept it clean. The story has kept me interested from the first 20 minutes.
I enjoyed this audiobook very much. I'm 30 minutes from being finished with it, and am anxiously searching for another book that holds my attention and captivates my imagination as this one did. I highly recommend this book.