This started slowly, but then was so good! My only real complaint was the ending. I didn't like the gruesome end.
I like the story and the writing, but the author takes it too far with Jesus preaching and possibly a converting message. I'm half way through it.
Francine Rivers is an amazing writer and the story had me captivated until the end. I realize she was trying to depict reality back then but it was to harsh for us who live in the 21st century. It was gruesome is several spots. Yes I admit that I live a very sheltered life in a safe place so it is good for me to see what these Jews and Christians endured in the early years of the church but I did not need it to be a graphic as it was here.
I spent more then 20 hours listening to this book and hearing the little slave girl go through countless trials. I got so caught up in the characters and they became real to me--always the sign of a good writer---BUT
((DON"T READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU WANT TO BE SURPRISED BY THE ENDING) As a Christian I have found in life that God uses all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Even in times when evil seems to reign God uses it for good. However I felt that the author did not balance the good with the evil. Then the evil won in the end--on almost all fronts. There was some good that resulted but precious little compared to the sacrifice that was made. It would have been much easier to take the sacrifice of a beautiful young woman had it resulted in the salvation of those she had prayed so vehemently for.
I also thought that she did not really give a clear understanding of what Christ did. It was not explained well. So I would definitely NOT recommend this book.
I love this book, it was very moving and inspireing. I pray for the faith this character showed. can't wait to get the next book. Sadly I can see this country in this book. It would be nice if we learned from history but as Rome felled, so will this country.
I could not wait to listen every day - how God spoke to me through this story - how blessed we are to be living in this time and not in those times, made me praise God for what I have.
This book is the BEST listen that I've had in a while. It's engaging, entertaining, irresistable and an enticing listen!!! This audio-book is like listening to an HBO drama-series, or a DAMN-GOOD soap opera, because there are soooo many interesting characters and I love the writer's way of allowing insight into the thoughts/psyche of the various characters. The story is filled with sex, blood-lust, violence,religion, lust, domestic violence, cut-throat ambition, feminist ideology, drug addiction and all of the depravity of what was the ROMAN lifestyle. The Narrator does a fantastic job in rendering both male and female voices, in an entertaining way that I can really appreciate. The Narrator's voice adds a JUICY, soap-opera appeal that keeps me intrigued about what will happen next! I plan on exploring more books by this author and books narrated by Richard Ferrone. I'm more than half-way through the story, but this story is on such a ROLL that it can do nothing but end with a BANG. This storyline calls for a sequel!
My husband and I listened to this book together. The history and the parallels to today's issues where very interesting. We enjoyed the intrigue. We would listen to this on our Garmin everytime we went somewhere. We found ourselves fining excuses to go places just so we could hear this book. When it ended, it left us wanting more. We were very glad to find the sequel, An Echo in the Darkness. We can hardly wait to start listening to it. Francis Rivers is an amazing author. Richard Farone did a terrific job with the different voices. You felt as though you were listening to a play at times. We would recommend this book.
Used to all the "romance books" at first I was what is this... And I have to say - Inspirational it was... It also has romance but Godly romance. Thank you Francine for such a treasure. I loved all three books in this series - Book 1 A Voice in the Wind, Book 2 An Echo in the Darkness and Book 3 As sure as Dawn. Absolutely DIVINE!
Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion trilogy ranks as my favorite book(s). I read the paper copies and lent them to several people who couldn't wait to lend them to people - they're that good. I wanted to share the story with my 92-year old grandmother who is now living alone and lonely but whose eyes won't allow her to read. Everywhere else, this audio book, when I could even find it, was very expensive. It was for this book I even joined Audible. My grandmother loved it (and the next two), couldn't stop talking about the characters and is now listening to them all a second time.
This book will definitely move you, ofcourse that is unless you are made of stone. It will make you think and evaluate your own life. Great book!!