Yes. Great, captivating story…a nice break from my/our usual reads!
The ending, when all the stories come together.
I usually pick fantasy/YA/dystopia series so I’m not sure what brought me to buy this audio book (I don’t think I even read the description before buying it) but I am sure glad I did!!!
Be forewarned this book does not have a happy beginning, middle, or ending, but there are happy parts. There is a lot of suffering, emotionally and physically; but it is a beautiful story. After the first 2 hours of the audio book I was still unsure about it. Yael is not the type of main character I would normally like and some of the things she does in the desert are not charming, however, I began to not only to like her but love her. Once Yael gets to Masada the book listening became a lot easier and I breezed through it wanting to know more.
What I loved most about this book were the characters. Four women narrators read the different character (Yael, Revka, Aziza, and Shirah) parts and the book comes to life. I loved the connection these women formed as the dove keepers and it made me wish I had a sister or someone like these women found in each other.
I also like that this book came off realistic; Considering 960 Jews really did die on Masada around 71 CE, I want to believe that these four women were real and this was their true story (no matter how sad it is). Alice Hoffman could have wrote about four women who always do the right thing and of men who didn’t deserve the fate that came to them, but she didn’t. She created real men and women in a time of sadness where you had to take what you needed in order to survive.
I thought this book was the perfect length for listening. If I found myself spacing out I would rewind 30-60 seconds because I wanted to know every detail.
My conclusion is that this book is worth knowing. I finished it last night and I dreamed about it all night long and have been thinking about it all morning. I am not Jewish, I have never been across the Atlantic ocean (I live in CA), and I really don’t know much about history outside the US and the World Wars. Even though this book is fictional history it got me interested in knowing, and reading, more books about true events. So thank you Ms. Hoffman! I will be listening to this audio book again in the future.
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
I was not expecting a happy story within the tale of Masada, because I know how it ends. But I was not expecting to get bored waiting for that end, and sometimes I really did. I agree with another review that a single story teller might have been better, or else more interweaving of the stories instead of one at a time. Also, each character did not finish, which was frustrating. Each character told you their history and how they came to be in Masada, and each storyteller got you closer to the end, but then only one character tells you the end of the story. I would have liked each woman I invested time in to tell me how her story ended - good or bad - for herself, as they had all told me up to now.
I did not have any great complaints about the readers, but no great reports either.
Overall, I'm not sorry I read it, but I am also not: enlightened, educated or feeling better for having experienced it, so in the end, cannot recommend it.
no. I found the "woe is me" attitude of the protagonist highly annoying.
the narrator is so deadpan...i can't stand to listen to her anymore.
irritation! the combination of the protagonist's yearning to both hide from society and be recognized at the same time... and the voice of the narrator...I can't get though the first part. When a book that you are reading for pleasure starts to become a chore...that's when you know you should stop listening...
Maybe the written book would be better...however the narrator has spoiled that for me...
I must admit that I didn't finish it. I was intrigued by the novel's Scriptural setting, but the content was not enough to emotionally invest me in the characters. I know a lot about the Bible, and I was hoping for familiar names or events interwoven in the story. The narrative was burdensome, and I found myself going back and re-listening to sections because I found I was day dreaming. The concept was good, but the story didn't work for me.
This is one of my new favorites. Great story and the presentation of the different characters was fabulous.
I read this book several months ago and kept meaning to write a review because I loved it so much. So, here I am writing it now after such a long time. I'm at this time left with more feelings and impressions than really absolutes about the plot. I have recommended this book over and over again and here is the reason why.There is a spiritual and romantically psychological depth to which this book takes one that I find extremely rare. I kept feeling while I was listening that it was a truly joyous experience. I am in awe of writers who can get to that level while also telling a story that is moving and significant on the world historical stage. My deepest spiritual self was touched over and over as the characters were propelled through constantly conflicting and threatening situations. Please don't misunderstand, these were very difficult times and brutal situations, but the author allowed for a wondrous depth of spirit against that background that must be spoken to and appreciated.I'm trying not to talk directly about the storyline in order not to take away from future readers. There was so much going on around them on the outside (physically), but they also were dealing with an enormous amount of growth and experience on the inside (spiritually).I truly loved "The Dovekeepers" and am looking forward to the time when it is far enough in the future to be able to reread it with fresh eyes once again. As I said, I have told many of my friends about it and they have all love it and we have spent time talking and sharing our different "takes" on the various aspects of it.
There is beautiful contrast in the vitality of the characters, as they look possible demise in the face every day. Great angle to see the beginning of time unfold through!
When I bought this book I could not bring myself to listen for the longest time, reading the story outline and thinking 'I am not ready to be sad yet! However, when I did, I found I loved this story, it drew me in and embraced me. I had a hard time saying goodbye at the end and replayed the last scenes over several times until I could finally bit them farewell and move on. They still 'haunt' me as I go about my days and provoke thought and contemplation. Truly a exceptionally well written book and great narration.
I listened to about 1/3 of the book - the first narrator. Though some of the prose was beautiful, I felt that it needed serious editing. It was just too wordy to keep the story moving. On top of that, It was all very depressing - no ray of sunshine anywhere. When I saw that this book was a 19 hour listen, I got very concerned! This book was selected by my book club and we discussed it today. I didn't want to have to 'fess up and tell them I hadn't finished it when one member asked if ANYONE had finished the book - turned out only one out of the 8 attendees had. I was hoping for another "The Red Tent." Sadly, this wasn't it.