Let me begin by stating I have never been a fan of the time period in this book. History buffs would stone me but I find them a hard read with the historical names and places that I have long since forgotten since my World History class in college. This book grabbed me from the very beginning. The story line was compelling and the narrator did an excellent job in the voice inflections of the characters. I do not want to give away anything in this excellent book but I can tell you, I am on the third book of the trilogy and have purchased it for my sister in hard copy to enjoy! Anyone in love with the Gospel will enjoy this tremendously!!.
Francine Rivers is an amazing author. She makes history come alive. Her knowledge of the customs, societies and times of the characters is deep and thorough. This series ' the Mark of the Lion' is truly well-written.
I did feel that the main male characters were portrayed a little too angry at times - but considering what they endured perhaps it was justifiable.
I also enjoyed the way she interwove many stories from the Bible into the books and the great truths of the Bible as well. Very good - kept me rapt for almost a month (3 books)
It's part 2 of the trilogy "Mark of the Lion" by Francine Rivers and is on my top ten list.
Hadassah was my favorite character. She had an incredible ability to forgive and love others in spite of their cruelty toward her. No human being could actually be as humble as she was portrayed. I was enthralled with Richard Ferrone's narration. He managed to change her voice from the sweet soft innocent girl's voice to one whose vocals cords had been almost ripped apart and damaged after her attack. It was genius because he somehow kept her esscence even though her voice is as rough as sandpaper! It's amazing to compare her voice from the first book to this one.
Richard Ferrone makes every single character distinct. My favorite was the Arab servant, Rasheed. He was fierce and wonderful to listen to. I felt the cold blooded anger in his voice. He even frightened me!
Yes. Definitely. I played it every free chance I had.
I'd recommend this audio book to anyone who loves great historical writing, depth of characters, and the lush and wonderful voice of Richard Ferrone. You should start with the first book in the trilogy, A Voice in the Wind, to really appreciate this story.
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life
Great story and you feel very involved in their lives. You care about the characters.
Hadassah. She's no victim even though she's a slave. Also Phoebe and her husband Decimus -- admirable characters. Phoebe wisely advises her son Marcus in the end which helps him to better understand Hadassah's fears.
What a great job he did on this book. I thought he was brilliant on the first book - except the women's speech. Well, he took care of that in tihis book and he really fleshed out the women's characters. Bravo
Julia was such a stinker -- nothing admirable about her. It amazed me how central she was to the story. Everyone pitched in to bring her through though.
I love this trilogy, and I'm on my third "reading," this time in audio book format. Mr. Ferrone's dramatic delivery is fine, but his pronunciation of the main character's name had more East Coast mobster flavor to it than citizen of ancient Rome, among other proper names, and it was very annoying, so I would not recommend the book in audio format.
The depth and diversity of the characters. It was so much more than I expected.
Realizing that Hadassah was alive
Too many to say
Thank you for offering such a beautiful story, with all of it's many diverse characters.
Historical, Gripping, Romantic
The ending...which I won't give away!
He does a great job with all the characters voices.
Love and forgiveness
Moving, uplifting, informative. It actually teaches as it entertains.
This is the 2nd Francine Rivers book I have read & enjoyed both. But the first was the best - Voice in the Wind.
Of course the disfigured slave girl was my favorite.
Enjoyed this sequel very much! The characters were interesting and engaging; and although the storyline contained thrilling romantic threads, a little graphic sex would have added some very necessary 'flesh' to this wonderful christian novel.
I read it once, shared with my husband, then we BOTH listened to the audio. I see myself redoing this years from now....it's a real keeper.