It was wonderful historical religious novel . I feel like I know the characters and I would highly recommend it. I wanted to give all three categories five stars but I couldn't get it to register.
I was assured by a friend who recommended this book that even though there are elements of romance in the telling of the story, it in no way taints or overshadows the plot.
What a beautiful way she portrayed the struggle of humanity in the shedding of the self centered nature for a life of unity with God.
Skillfully written. Read with perfect understanding of each character. I loved it. And I'm hooked. I'll be finishing this series for sure.
I owned these books at one time, and read them several times. I loved having the story read to me this time, and I am amazed that I can find more depth each time the story read.
Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer
If "An Echo in the Darkness" (book II) is this good, I am in for a treat.
"A Voice in the Wind" is a great read - or listen....As for me, I had to endure the gladiator beginning but I willingly listened because I knew that Rivers was describing the characters
to begin a thick and juicy plot. I am impressed with Francine Rivers accurate portrayal of Biblical times and I enjoy learning of the period right after Jesus death and resurrection.
We don't often hear how the surrounding communities were affected by Jesus brief life on earth.
I really enjoyed the story. There are not many writers that can provoke such emotion and connection from a reader, but this one does. It made me think, and inspired a fresh outlook. It's worth the listen:)
I love learning about the culture of past times. Rivers has always done an excellent job researching her subjects and the cultures in her novels. A wonderful learning opportunity.
Yes, however I have a couple issues.
First is the overuse of the term SARDONICALLY and SARDONIC. By the middle of the book I would cringe every time it was used. It was as if there were no other options to describe the character's emotion.
Secondly....is it just me or does it bother anyone else that male narrators have such a hard time with women's voices? I got over it once I got into the story line but Ferrone's female voice caricatures all sounded like strained old women. Would it be that much more expensive to actually use REAL women?
The ending was not what I expected.
Overall I loved the book and will now be buying the next in the series.
Yes, I recommend this book to several friends.
To pick out a favorite character is very difficult, Francine Rivers has a way of weaving the story in such a fashion to make each character your favorite. The character "Attreties" (may have spelled his name wrong) is the only character in each of the three books in this series..
Richard Ferrone narrates each of the three books, he does an excellent job.
Once this book is started , I read this series a few years ago and listened this time, and each time once started, it was difficult to stop reading to do other things.
Read the series in the proper sequence, the story is much more enjoyable.
This series, The Mark of the Lion, is about the lives and trials of the early Christians, and those added to the Christ's family, thought out the books.
I loved the story. So up lifting this story spoke to my own spiritual walk. The only thing I didn't like is the mans voice who was reading it. I prefer a women's voice when listening to a book
I love this series. I've read it and listened to it several times. The detail of roman life and homes people slave and free, pagan and christian. Characters are interesting well developed. You begin to feel for and with them.
This book is for adults. Many topics are not suitable for young people. Descriptions are accurate for almost everything giving readers a good picture of the depravity of roman society and worship of pagan gods