Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I wasn't sure if I'd like A Voice in the Wind . . . if it would be like a dose of Christian medicine . . . but it is an excellent book, mirroring society today . . . culling nothing . . . revealing the truth of the cost of following Christ . . . the debauchery in the hearts of men and women,then and now . . . and just as Solomon said, there is nothing new under the sun . . . abortion, homosexuality, man's worship of knowledge, elevation of self above all else, wealth, blood lust, and all manner of perversion . . . it ran rampant in ancient Rome, just as it does today. America and the "modern" world may try to put a civilized face on it, but we have not succeeded. . . the historical account of the destruction of Jerusalem in 79 AD, the gladiator fights in the arenas of Rome, the corruption of the soul of young Julia over the years, are in stark contrast to the faithfulness of Hadassah, the Jewish slave . . . this is a trilogy . . . I have moved on to the next in the series, An Echo in the Darkness, which so far, is equally good . . .
Francine Rivers is a riviting author. She takes real events from the bible and spins a wonderful story around the facts. Very enjoyable to listen to. I recommend this book to anyone who loves the Bible and enjoys fictional characters bringing the Bible to life.
This is an amazing story. But it also is changing me. I am a Christian, but I am learning so much about my life and myself listening to it.
You will not be disappointed. If I could give it 10 stars, I would.
I'm a huge fan of Christian books, but this one spent soooo much time detailing one of the main character's conversions that I ended up listening to a 20 minute sermon, instead of the plot, story, and characters I had hoped to her from. No dialogue, no flashbacks--nothing but this one character going on and on and on about coming to Jesus. I'm a very devout woman, but come on already!
one of my favorite books of all time. the whole series is awesome start with this one and keep going. it really tugs at your heart. its a great read and listen! narrator is awesome too.
Since it is about the Roman games it reminded me alot of the Gladiator movie with a Christian twist. A little more daring than her other books, but I enjoyed the story.
A wonderful story, difficult to get into all of the separate stories in the very beginning but it picks up and really pulled me in.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
I have a great interest in the Roman Empire, and have read/listened to several non-fiction books on the period. I also get that that this is a novel, a work of fiction and thus needs some leeway, but it was still annoying to hit upon an anachronism or something that just didn't seem right for the period. I felt the author was writing more about a modern football player than a gladiator, for one character.
The book is a Christian novel, but the are sexual situations, nothing explicit. The author puts in cameos of persons who had passing mentions in the New Testament and the main character for this novel is an early Christian. Despite being enslaved and facing other challenges and temptations, she is super-Christian, constantly keeping and living the faith.
The story itself, despite the little irritating anachronisms was interesting and I managed to listen to the whole book. However I did step away from it at times. The narrator gave a good performance.
I'm in no rush to get the next in the series, but I may give it a listen.
Left a full review on the third book, don't worry no spoilers - but this is an amazing series! don't hesitate. I have loved every minute!
Very picky about narrators after to listening to so many amazing ones here and though his females voices are a little weak, the story has a life of it's own and it was not distracting. He does a nice job otherwise. Don't let the negative review distract you, Worth it!
This is the best audiobook I've ever heard.
no, you needed time to reflect on and absorb all that was going on.
Great book for males and females.