The setting of the story gives a rare and intriguing glimpse of history from a women's point of view true to Alice Hoffman's style. The characters are richly developed and you can't help but fall in love with them.
Alice Hoffman has not just written an amazing story but her words bring you straight to the heart of Masada. Four very different yet bonded women give tell of their journey, creating this life for readers, placing their heart and souls in our hands. There are few books that I read over and over....this will be one of them.
Yes - don't ever miss out one of Alice Hoffmans books. It's even better as audiobook!!
Yes, yes, yes. I love books about Jewish history and the story of these 4 women is compelling. It helps you remember that these are not necessarily the worst of times and that the worst of times seems current to all generations.
Loved them all.
It's a long book and was totally worth the time. I may listen to it again.
A smidge confusing until you figure out what time period they are talking about. Again, for historical fiction lovers it's a must read!
The narrators were fine, but the writing was long, tedious and sophomoric. I usually love historic novels because I find myself effortlessly learning so much about the time and place. Not with this book. I learned more about this time in history by spending a half hour on Google rather than endless hours listening to this audiobook. I would recommend that anyone considering this book to read the NY Times book review of it.
The performances were fine.
That it was a waste of my time.
I've learned from historical literature that, once they've established themselves as a monotheistic nation, it took the average people of Israel ages to drop all of their pagan habits and worship. But in this book we're talking about the year 70, that's centuries past their existence as non-idol worshipers. To base an entire historical book on magic seeking Israelis is a bit odd. Those people did not go to Massada because they've put their trust in God. They went there because it was a fortress, which they thought was impenetrable.
I was also disappointed that the writers failed to find narrators who could pronounce the natives' words correctly. Their narrotors hesitation, when time came to pronounce any of these words, is terribly detectable.
The back stories of all the women.
The heart-wrenching emotion and the climax.
All the women were strong. No favorites.
I cried more often than I might have liked since I was painting the spare room! ;-)
A beautiful book. Well worth the time and the slow start. One of my all-time favorites.
Whiny, depressing, every sentence full of negative words. I very rarely drop a book midway through, but I've had enough!