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.
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.