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.
The storyline was just alright. I stuck with the book until the end, but I was not overly excited about it. Really enjoyed the Red Tent, thought this book might possibly be just as good, but it wasn't. Didn't really care about the characters-and the narrator(s) seemed to be in a state of constant depression. This was the tone they were going for, but it got tiring after awhile.
No. This is the first book from Audible I could not finish. Apparently, there is more than one narrator, I wouldn't know, I could not make it through the first narrator's monotone reading. How does one make murder, assasinations, flight and even sex boring? Well listen to the first part of this book and you will get the answer.
Maybe reading the actual book, as others have suggested.
I was excited by the thought of the subject matter of this book, it was the off-putting nature of the first narrator that caused me to stop listening. I might give it another try in the future... maybe skip ahead and see what the other narrators sound like.
It's been a long time since I've read a book this strong. It will be a favorite. And the voices of the narrators are perfect in the portrayals of their characters. I've always been a fan of Alice Hoffman, but this one is by far her best yet. Don't miss it.
I've read several of Alice Hoffman's other books and enjoyed them greatly. But "The Dovekeepers" was truly awful. It's full of factual errors. I found myself constantly wincing every time she got things wrong. Hoffman should stick to what she knows about.
I really wanted to like this book, especially being Jewish and interested about Masada. But it is relentingly sad and goes from bad to worse. I only got halfway through the first part and had to stop as it is just too, too depressing, and apparently only gets worse, which I learned from reading other reviews. It is interesting but that's not making up for making me feel miserable all day after listening to it!
Sadness and depression
Yes, I quite liked the story, especially how it was told from the perspective of 4 different women.
Beautifully written and intriguing historical fiction. Great story/stories intertwined with a lovely albeit heart wrenching ending.
This story was not only hard to listen to but I thought I would go insane from the narrator's voice. It is sad, draining and depressing. I stopped listening to it before I finished the first part!