stayed on the edge of my seat (in the car!)
Hadasa - she showed incredible mercy and strength. I want my spirit to be as at peace as this character's.
the interchanges between Marcus and Hadasa
I fell in love with the characters and remembered my own love for my Lord.
Odassa, Marcus, Phoebe, Julia. Francine's writing gives so much depth to her characters one will feel like they know them well and take an interest in what becomes of them.
Richard Ferrone is an excellent story teller. With all the feelings of the characters coming alive like the best of the radio show story tellers from the old days. I can't wait till I'm in the car or in the garden so I can listen again.
It was lengthy so I would not want to listen all at once. I would not want the story to be any shorter. Since I didn't want the story to end I spaced it out enough to keep it going longer while still satisfying my wanting to listen.
This book seems to have been well researched, introducing things from Roman in the mid first century. Listen to the full series, in order. You will be glad not to miss this one!
I enjoyed the audio edition because it allowed me to create a picture in my mind without having to distract from the picture by having to focus on the written word.The narrator did not draw attention to himself or distract me from the story.
I really enjoyed the way Francine Rivers developed the characters and setting so you could believe the characters actually worshiped idols. I learned Roman mythology growing up but it seemed too ridiculous to think people actually worshiped and believed those stories but Rivers made it seem completely natural. There was no mocking of their beliefs but at the same time she showed the futility of it. I felt like I was given a true historical vision.
The heroine, Hadassa, was my favorite. While she never wavered in her personal belief system she struggled greatly in how she lived it out.
The death of one of Hadassa's masters was very moving.
I love long books and this one did not dissapoint; the world of ancient Rome, the gladiators, and the rich was very intriguing.
Yes, I've read the series and will listen to it again
He pronounces the many Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic words perfectly and just does an over all excellent job in the book.
Yes I think I didn't want it to end
I read the book years ago and didn't realize how much this book needs to be listened to!!!
The story comes to life when you can listen to and picture everything in your mind. It really showers you with the gospel, love, serving, wonderful book Praise the Lord for Francine's gift of putting the scriptures in this format.
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life
Christian, human, epic
Hadassah is so human and this is a book about those Christians taken up by the Roman empire -- Jerusalem burned. It's amazing how the Jews have been hated for the same reasons era after era. They're amazing. As with the Christians.
When he reads: the narrative -- he's great.
When he reads: the men's lines -- he's great.
When he reads: the women's lines -- he's absolutely abysmal.
He reads every line by every woman as weak, whiny, shaking, and vacillating even though the author says "she spoke sardonically" or "she spoke like one of the temple oracles and the look in her eyes pierced him"'
I have to mentally reinterpret every woman's utterance that he narrates.
Why would the producers let him (or ask him?) to read every woman's bit of speech like she was a scared little rabbit.
Yes, it was almost too engrossing. I kept wondering what would happen next and thinking about it while I wasn't listening. A great "read" or "listen"
as much as I want to listen to the next books in the series, the narrator's vocal renditions of the women exhausts me -- it wears on me to have to reinterpret his every utterance for each woman. Except for his reading of every woman's lines, he's excellent.
How did this happen?
The author put a lot of research and thought into this story. It does not channel into the typical pattern of Christian historical fictions that I have read. There is not a clean, sterile environment in the books descriptions of events and interactions. To read about the destruction of Jerusalem was quite disquieting. The moral fabric of Rome was not spared details. The main character was surrounded in a heart wrenching sea of perversion, arrogance and destruction. The description of the ongoing battle sequence between Rome and Germania was very interesting. This entire story backdrop from this time and place in history felt very real.
What I appreciated the most about this story was the main character Hadassa in how she failed to compromise her faith even though many times her life was in jeopordy because of this. What made this much more powerful was how brave she was in her frail frame and meek temperance. Through her trials with people who inflicted her much pain she prayed in love without ceasing for these people. Her love showed in her service to her household. Her actions made her greatly desirable to some; yet to others they saw her as an abomination. I felt very challenged through this story.
The book I listened to prior to this was "Game of Thrones". This story is also very well written. However, I have to say with the vulgarity and frequent sex scenes the sum effect drags me down. Both books deal a lot in violence and perversion. Even though there is a very sensual side to "A voice in the Wind" I appreciate that the author does steer clear of describing this in detail. The gentle words of Hadassa plead that there is a better way. The whole world might not see things that way but ultimately their slavery to their selfishness was much greater than what held Hadassa. She had a peace that passed understanding. I needed to hear this story.
Richard Ferrone did a great job of gathering the voices and emotions of the book's characters. I have not listened to his narration prior to this book.
Strength through meekness.
One of the biggest storylines was Marcus attempts to seduce Hadassa. Marcus tried repeatedly to try beating the purity and Christianity from her. Hadassa was much more plain than Marcus's other conquests. I can't comprehend why Hadassa didn't just tell him that the beauty that he sought from her was because of what Christ worked within her. I kept waiting for her to say this so that perhaps Marcus would more easily figure out the rest of the story.
I would recommend this book for anyone searching for answers or for Christians who are struggling in their belief.
The story is compelling, the characters are richly drawn and complex. The narrator's voice is perfect for the story.
His voice is melodious
Yes, I kept wanting to find out what would happen next
Yes, if she/he was at all interested in history and a well told story.
The obvious is the heroine Hadassah, but for contrast is her selfish mistress Julia. Many others are well portrayed.
There were many, from acts of unselfishness to true brutality.
Francine Rivers is a Christian writer, but I wouldn't let that stand in the way of a non Christian. She's researched the period well, and her descriptions of the "games" of 70 a.d. are riveting.
The narration was very good, but there were a few words he pronounced wrong. I'm nitpicking here a bit. He seemed to really get into the book.
For me it was the multiple character developments and the many twists & turns.
The attention to detail and the gentle yet powereful challenge to my faith!
Hard to pick just one.
Book one. Couldn't wait for book two & then I heard about book 3. This author is fantastic! Her attention to detail and ability to take the scripture and present it such a way that draws you back to God is refreshing. I also liked that her work is clean, no cussing, etc.
This book tells a great story about evils of that time period and the horrible way Romans viewed non-Romans. The characters were well developed, but the book went on to long. I have not read other books by this author, but if all her books show God as being a god that makes people suffer in order to get other people to turn away from sin and except him as the true God, than I would not want to read another. Bad things happen to good people, but not all the time. When I read fiction I like to finish a book on a happy note, if I wanted to read about the reality of that time period and the loss of life and hatred for Christians I would have picked a historical book about the era.
The main character