The book's power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.
©2008 Anne Rice; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
"Rice undertakes a delicate balance: if it is possible to create a character that is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, as ancient Christian creeds assert, then Rice succeeds." (Publishers Weekly)
I'm usually not a reviewer but I feel compelled to on this work. The story was well done, great descriptions and dialogue and such, but the reader chosen for this work seemed, in my opinion, totally wrong. Hearing that deep baritone voice for this type of work did not match up at all! When the narrator would recite the words "Oh Lord, how looonng" I too would think the same... How much longer can I last listening to this... The narrators voice would be perfect for reading how lions prowl on the Savannah looking for Zebra or a ghost story but for this work it didn't match up, especially when he was reading women's voices. I might listen to the other books but not with this narrator. Hate to give it a negative but those are my thoughts.
Anne Rice has done a powerful job delving into the potential experiences of Jesus the Christ in those early years. She is blending excellence of research with vibrant imagination to create a realistic narrative thread. She also uses both the Jewish history and the the traditions of the church to her advantage. Brilliant!
The narrator on this wonderful audiobook is listed as Anthony Heald. Well, Mr. Heald has always been one of my favorite character actors and I KNEW it wasn't Anthony Heald! Finally, at the very end, the narrator thanked the audience, concluding by saying "This is James Naughton." Of course! I remember him from David Baldacci's The Camel Club. Ooops!
Seriously, get it, listen, and enjoy. Remember though, Ms. Rice's thought-provoking work IS fiction.
I really liked the first book in this series, Out of Egypt. It really made me think about what the experience of Jesus was growing up. This book did have some of that, but the disappointing part was that so much of the book was taken up by this odd plotline about the perils of a female character and how Jesus felt about her. Once that part of the book was over and it started getting into Jesus starting his ministry I liked it a lot more, but that was only toward the end, and having this large part of the book about a completely fictional character and relationship with Jesus was just not what I was looking for.
I had not read the print version of the book. However, since the audiobook was unabridged, I imagine I would have enjoyed the audio version more.
It truly gave personality to Christ, Mary, Joseph, and all of the Characters we have read about and have been taught about in Sunday School. It brought Humanity to our Savior.
I enjoyed the character of Yeshua, of course.
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