The story is so amazing, weaving folklore, truth, error, superstition and tradition -- a grand collision in one beautiful story. I loved the story, and Kate Forbes' old world accent made for a perfect telling.
There were many memorable moments -- small surprises throughout the story.
Her voice, inflections, accents.
My husband was frequently around when I was listening to this audio book for the second time. Because it is sports-related (NOT a true story about the 9er's, btw), his interest was drawn. He liked the story, and does not read much fiction - preferring history/biographical books and spiritual studies in his busy world instead.
Between Sundays has some solid direction for fathers and is narrated with simplistic language - for instance, Kingsbury captures a child's thoughts as a child would think them. The narrator is easy to listen to with properly placed inflections and some voice changes for various characters. Karen Kingsbury attacks real contemporary social problems in this book, as she does in her other books. I typically prefer period history pieces, however, I have enjoyed every one of her books I've read (over a dozen of them so far) or listened to.
Francine Rivers! She was a romance novelist who became a Christian. Voilá. Be prepared for some steamy allusions mixed in with quests and conviction. The historical value of this book is big as it is set mainly in Ephesus, part of the Roman Empire, following the destruction of Jerusalem (though one of the main characters journeys to Palestine on a quest). Ms Rivers is a riveting writer who is able to pull you into the emotion of her stories, giving you the full-blown senses: fright, sadness, hopelessness, disappointment, joy, love, excitement, anger, and the rest. Her writing is unpredictable -- I have read over twelve of her books, and there is no "pattern" to them, which keeps the story grabbing at you. This is a long book -- so the audio is wonderful if you need to be working on mindless chores or driving a distance in the car! Warning: It is difficult to put down.
An Echo in the Darkness is part of the Mark of the Lion trilogy and should be read after the first book, A Voice in the Wind (the second and third books allude to the first book but not to each other). The characters are intertwined in their journeys, but I was amazingly interested in each of them -- not always the case in subplots.
I've listened to so many audio books through the years that I am probably overly picky about the narrators. Richard Ferrone is an exceptional reader (GREAT reader), doing well with dialogs as well as the narration. He is very easy to listen to and I am able to forget that he is "even there" as he moves through the story.
I highly, highly recommend this entire series, even for non-Christians who might not care about the hunt for God, but will love the action of the rest of the story.
I would listen to this book again, most definitely. In fact, I will likely purchase the book in hard copy. There are many ways that Francine Rivers has woven Scripture into the story and
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