Very disturbing graphic sin like killing your husband and murdering, very sexual book
The mans voice sounds a little to creepy especially in sexual scenes
The sexual people and scenes, such as the old man who has sex with little roman boys with nude pictures all over his home
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.
One of my favorites! Takes an hour or two to "Get into it" then I could NOT STOP LISTENING!!
From the beginning it held me completely captive.
Mr Feronne put me right there with every word he spoke. Hearing his expressions, his masterful voices,his making this story a reality, I did't want to put it down,
A story of strong faith.
Up to this day this is the best book I have ever listened to. Ms Rivers is so amazing at writing I can't imagine where she gets her thoughts to come up with this inspiring book. There is not one moment of boredom, she keeps you glued to the story. God has truly given her a tremendous gift.I can't wait to get the rest of the series which I am about to do as soon as I post my comments for this one. Cheers to you Ms. Rivers.
I love the selfless spirit that Hadassah still has after all she has been through and the things she is continually put through by some members of the Valerian family and their friends. I am reminded each day of the example she was for others who saw the light that shone through her. I love the courage and love she shows throughout the entire book.
I can only compare it to the book of Esther in the Bible.
There are some parts of this book that made me cringe and lay it aside at times. But after thinking about how immoral Roman citizens were, I picked it back up and finished listening to it and have listened to it many, many times since then. I did cry, as I think most who read, or listened to this book will do. There is no foul language in this book, nor in this series that I recall.
Upon finishing this book, I put it down declaring I wouldn't go through the rest of the series as I didn't think my emotions or heart could handle it. Don't make that mistake. Get them all, and go through them one after the other.
The author does a fabulous job of developing each character and their base human behaviors. The Roman era setting is so applicable to today's "throw-away" culture. There are many subtle and not so subtle life lessons to be learned from this intriguing story. I listened to this in my car during my two hour round trip work commute. Some days I didn't want to get out of the car at my destination because I didn't want to turn it off! I'm so glad there are two more books in the series (which I did not know when I bought the first). I did not want this saga to end!
The narrator does use different voices for each character which is helpful, but as a female listener there are some female dialogues I would have emphasized differently when articulating them to fully appreciate their underlying intent (especially with Julia's character). This was slightly distracting, but did not detract from the storytelling.
She shares the Gospel in her story
This book inspired me to share the gospel and gave me ways of how to do so. It has shown me how to be more compassionate and forgiving in Gods love.
No-I love The Mark of the Lion trilogy and have read them all three times. I did not enjoy listening to this narrator.
Everything! The plot, the characters, the Christian message and the purpose-Francine Rivers said she was inspired to write this book when she was a new Christian. She was thinking about how she could share her faith with those closest to her.
A female voice. This man's voice was too deep and gravely.
I cried while reading it- not while listening to it.