Acclaimed author Lynn Austin has won three Christy Awards for her historical fiction.
©2006 Lynn Austin; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
"Austin capably weaves her intertwined threads and creates believable characters in conflict with themselves and with each other." (Historical Novels Review)
This is a wonderful story that helps bring previously boring biblical characters to adventurous life. This book had me dusting off my Bible to check up on the validity of Lynn's biblical/historical accounts - I was able to verify the key events in her capitivating story. I learned a great deal of Biblical history and was blessed by her presentation of Godly truth. It is a delight having entertainment provide valuable education. A true treasure!!
the author has done so much research on the subject of the kings and the prophets and it was so enlightening to me to understand how God worked among His people and led them according to their obedience to Him. i highly recommend this book - it is a real page turner - one of the best books I have read in a long, long time.
What a phenomenal book. I felt as though I was there while the story was being told. This gave it so much more context and visualization than just reading the bible alone. The reader did an outstanding job and lends her voice well to a multitude of characters. Very well worth the read.
A good book, good story. It certainly makes one think about way God works, even if most of it is fiction.
I would have liked to rate the quality of the reader or sound. You hear too often the reader gulping.taking a breathe throughout the book. This was distracting.
I enjoyed this series so. I know it was fiction but it provided so much information that helped to make the story come to life. The character development, the voice, intrigue, and Christian content from the standpoint of the Old Testament went a long way to make this series rewarding. I have told others about it and encouraged them to read. Such benefit! It is really high on my list of favorite books.
I have not read any book that compared to this one for what the story provided in its relationship to scripture.
If there was anything wrong I couldn't tell because I was wrapped from the beginning in the story.
Would not rename.
I think the author is brilliant to be able to create such in depth characters and storylines and then intertwine them with historical events. Zira's character was brilliant at twisting the truth. On the other hand, the righteous had such strength of character and conviction...truly inspiring. The narrator is excellent with her voices. It's a very exciting story. I started on this book (#4 in the series) and am anxious to start from the beginning.
I enjoyed this book and the narrator did a nice job with the reading of the book. I would work out extra just to keep listening to it.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I tried to explain the subject matter of this book to someone and the closest I could come is that it's a creative fictionalization of the Biblical story of Manessah (and, to some extent, his father and Joshua). Since Kings doesn't have much detail on Manessah's life (there are only a few verses about him after all), you know there's a lot of creative liberty taken, but it's actually surprisingly suspenseful. The events unfold as one would imagine they would.
I think one of the most enjoyable parts is that it wasn't really predictable. Well, ultimately we know what happens, but within the story we never know. Unlike "regular" fiction where the main character always "wins" or at least survives, we don't know that from the start of this story. God might be merciful but that doesn't mean that his people necessarily survive their "tests".
If one wanted to learn more about Biblical history, this would be an excellent way to do that since there are Biblical references/verses threaded throughout. The narration is excellent.
I really enjoyed my time listening to this book. This was my first time with this author and narrator. It was easy to enjoy while doing my housework. I will get some more books to listen to. Thanks for offering to us!
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I know that the author of this book tells at the end why she wrote this book. She hopes that we will be warned about the forms of paganism to guard against them in our lives. I read the first 3 books in this series readily and happily. This book I just could not enjoy. Yes, God's people win in the end. Yes, the ending could be called inspirational, maybe. It is exciting, but three fourths of this book is of a new "priest" trying to explain to Manasseh that his father's faith has held him back and that it conspired to withhold power and privilege from him. More than once I threw my ipod away from me and just blurted out BLASPHEMY!!! I got so I wouldn't even listen to that counselor's talk anymore. It was dreadful. I did finish the whole book, but YUCK! I did not appreciate wading through the blasphemy. Perhaps it was instructive? It certainly made me have a visceral reaction. It was perfectly nauseating! The ending was interesting, but overall, I finished it yesterday and still haven't gotten the yucky "taste" out of my brain.
The only good thing is that it made appreciate my access to Holy Writ so that I can not be deceived as easily as someone who had to rely on priests to tell them what is religious fact. I can't say it has no redeeming qualities, but if I had to do it again, I'd skip this book. I think the fifth book is going to be angry and talk about forgiveness. I've bought it and I won't return them, but if I had to counsel someone else, I'd say stick with the first 3 and be done with it.
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