This is largely just a rehash of the four gospels melded into a single narrative. I didn't particularly care for the narration but it was tolerable. The title is a bit misleading since one would expect much more in the way of social commentary on life and religion in Judea during the first century CE.
It was difficult to believe this was written by the same C.J. Box who authored the Joe Pickett series. I had no problem with the violence in the story since that is essentially part of the genre but the lack of flow in the story line made it less than a satisfying read or listen.
The reader was very good and easy to listen to.
Set in the time of the crusades within a city in imminent danger of being sacked and slaughtered, this is an interesting short novel that is part religion - part philosophy. The principal character borrows from everything from the new testament to Aristotle in reciting meditations on sundry subjects that are brought up by his questioners. Not at all preachy or particularly sectarian.
The narration by jeremy Irons is absolutely superb. His voice, intonations and rhythm are perfect for this book.
I haven't spent time with Emily Dickinson for many years and bought this on a whim. The narrator is good with a pleasant voice that is appropriate for a poetry reading. One might like to keep a book of her poems handy so that you can spend some times with those poems that strike you as special.
I love the genre and this one is good fun. Not C.S. Forester, but then who is? A bit formulaic but well written with some interesting characters. All in all a good listen.
Obvious knockoff of Dan Brown that spends much of its length as an anti religion diatribe. Hardest on Catholics but gives Evangelicals, Jews and Islam a few whacks too. Plot develops in a very predictable manner. Fairly PC in tone. That said, it is an OK listen if you don't have something better to do.
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