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Pope Joan Audiobook
Pope Joan
Written by: 
Donna Woolfolk Cross
Narrated by: 
Barbara Rosenblat
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Pope Joan Audiobook

Pope Joan

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Publisher's Summary

For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die - Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter.

Now in this riveting novel, Donna Woolfolk Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.

Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn. When her brother is brutally killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak - and his identity - and enters the monastery of Fulda. As Brother John Anglicus, Joan distinguishes herself as a great scholar and healer. Eventually, she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics.

Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest office in Christendom - wielding a power greater than any woman before or since. But such power always comes at a price....

©1996 , 2009 Donna Woolfolk Cross; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Whether or not one believes in Joan as Pope, this is a compelling story, filled with all kinds of lore: the brutishness of the Dark Ages, Vatican intrigue, politics and favoritism and most of all, the place of women in the Church and in the world." (Amazon.com review)
"In this colorful, richly imagined novel, Cross ably inspires a suspension of disbelief, pulling off the improbable feat of writing a romance starring a pregnant pope." (Publishers Weekly)

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    S. Lev-Ami 05-25-10
    S. Lev-Ami 05-25-10 Member Since 2010

    Antigonos

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    "Silly Woman!"

    Donna Cross leaves no cliche uncoined in this overlong and faintly ridiculous attempt at the legend of a medieval female pope. There are numerous anachronisms, and the turgid prose, predictable plot make it very difficult for Barbara Rosenblat to give it a convincing reading. After her exceptional reading of the Amelia Peabody novels, I had hoped for much more from her. The yawn factor was very high for me with this book. I'm being generous with 3 stars.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Reuven Nisser Garfield, NJ United States 11-02-09
    Reuven Nisser Garfield, NJ United States 11-02-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Lady Pope"

    Pope Joan is a very good book. I couldn't stop listening to it, and after I finished- I thought more about the carichtors. After a very shocking trauma, Joan chose to live in 2 worlds: One in which she is almost a man, a priest who does many almost unbelievable things. In the other, she is a woman who does the most womanly things. The only link between her 2 worlds is her love to Jerald. If you are in the search for a provoking and enjoyable listening, I recommend you to buy this book.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 07-19-11
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 07-19-11 Member Since 2006

    malfi

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    "Disappointing"

    I had heard a lot of good buzz about this novel and was looking forward to it. In the end, while it kept my attention, it was just OK. Cross relied too heavily on clich??s, and the book would have been better without shoving in the mushy romance. So is the moral of the story that women should be treated as individuals and judged according to their abilities--or is it that women, in the end, really are creatures ruled by their passions and need a man to control them?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine 07-17-11
    Elaine 07-17-11

    I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.

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    "Very interesting and well written"

    Since trying Pillars of the Earth after seeing the high rating from Audible members I've been leery of any books. I found Follet's writing of poor quality with repetitious and excessive wording. A good story but at least 100 pages longer than needed.

    Pope Joan deserve high marks for historical fiction, quality writing, a well crafted story and it's all delivered in marvelous narration. Well worth the listen.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    leslie 05-17-16
    leslie 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Read this book!!!"

    An unbelievably enjoyable listen, with plenty of suspense! The narration is fantastic, too! Plenty to capture imagination, and very, very hard to take a break from listening..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessi Hollis Bakersfield, CA 05-16-16
    Jessi Hollis Bakersfield, CA 05-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the book! Love this even more!"

    I read this book a few years ago and it was amazing and the premise fascinated me! Listening to it gave me a whole new love and idea of this story. This is a 10/10 and I fully recommend! I am a book lover and very critical and this meets all my high standards!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 04-21-16
    Pat 04-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting for all"
    If you could sum up Pope Joan in three words, what would they be?

    Pulls you in


    What other book might you compare Pope Joan to and why?

    Great slant on the men only club, how many others where there like Joan?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, you need to take days


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Bonnar California 02-23-16
    K. Bonnar California 02-23-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A delightful listen"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a delightful story. True or not? Who knows. It was well read and an interesting listen. I would recommend this book to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    musa 01-01-16
    musa 01-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved this story"

    I loved the suspense in this story! I loved all the characters and the style of its writing. I've already recommended it to several friends. It's hard to come across such a sting female character that is also not somehow putting down the male gender.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Flowery Branch, GA, USA 04-06-13
    Mary Flowery Branch, GA, USA 04-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Listen"
    What did you love best about Pope Joan?

    Loved the story, just enough detail, and great plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved the interaction with all of the characters, but really admired Joan.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    I like Barbara Rosenblat. She's very good as she tells stories and her narration does not get in the way of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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