I love listening to books! I like reading also but I usually listen to the book in my car.
Hadassa is the main character and she is so humble and so selfless. She reminds me of the kind of Christian I want to be. Also I'm a sucker for love stories and how she was able to sprinkle that in as well.
I have not but he did a great job!
After you get through the first part of the book you will be hooked, at least I was. But I would have to say that the end of the book really made me cry and touched my life. I believe this books is one of those books that can change your life. And it definatlly left me wanting to get the second book!
I love Francing Riverrs books! God has really blessed her as a writer! I hope these books become movies!
I really tried to give this book a legitimate chance, even though I'm not usually interested in books with a timeframe outside of the past 20 years or so. Based on The Atonement Child and Redeeming Love, I figured I couldn't go wrong with FR. But I don't think I even made it into the 2nd hour of this book. I was bored out of my mind.
This series is the best in Christian fiction. This first installment starts off extremely slow, but keep listening- you'll be captivated. It is hard to imagine that this is Rivers' first work as a Christian author. However, I would recommend downloading all three books in the series. If you stop at the end of this recording, you may not want to continue because it does not include the epilogue found in the written work.
The narration is above average. Ferrone tends to add an annoying quality to his voice when he recites the quotes of one of the characters. Other than this he is quite enjoyable.
This version also contains some pauses which come at odd intervals, so quality is not excellent, but still good.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone. And if you can't get enough after all three of these books, you must download "Redeeming Love" by Rivers. You are sure to enjoy it as well!
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!