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.
Old lady listener
No I can't do same thing twice
Haven't listened b/4 but will now
would love to find many more Jewish books on audible
No, I didn't enjoy it. The characters seemed to be 21st century people with our attitudes and not people living in 70's CE. I was hopping the Romans would invade already!
No, it ended the way it should.
I am glad that it wasn't any longer.
It was not my favorite book.
I wasn't able to finish it. I just sort of lost interest
the narrators did a great job
The performances were excellent. All the readers did an outstanding job. I generally like Alice Hoffman's works but this one was kind of depressing. Still, a good story that deals with an aspect of history that I knew little about. Sort of like The Red Tent. I guess life wasn't too good for Jewish women during the heyday of the Roman Empire.
I found it hard to believe that the book taking place in 1st century will be easy to relate to. I truly enjoyed how the book written about time long ago brought the issues and relationship of women so close to a woman driving down busy freeways of today.
The characters carry the story. None of them are good and none of them are bad. Their lives are shaped by circumstances as much as their own choices.
Shira was my favorite. Forward thinking, powerful and intelligent yet making some good and some terrible choices.