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The Bronze Bow | [Elizabeth George Speare]

The Bronze Bow

After witnessing his father's crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by a single passion: to avenge his father's death by driving the Roman legions from the land of Israel. Consumed by hatred, Daniel leads a dangerous life living with an outlaw band in the hills outside his village, spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge. Winner of the 1962 Newbery Medal, The Bronze Bow is the story of a boy's tormented journey.
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Publisher's Summary

After witnessing his father's crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by a single passion: to avenge his father's death by driving the Roman legions from the land of Israel. Consumed by hatred, Daniel leads a dangerous life living with an outlaw band in the hills outside his village, spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge.

In nearby Capernaum, a rabbi is teaching a different lesson. Time and again Daniel is drawn to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, only to turn away, disappointed and confused by Jesus' lack of action in opposing the Romans. Headstrong and devoid of tenderness, Daniel is also heedless of the love and loyalty of those around him, dragging them down his destructive path toward disaster.

Winner of the 1962 Newbery Medal, The Bronze Bow is the story of a boy's tormented journey from a blind, confining hatred to his acceptance and understanding of love.

©1961 Elizabeth George Speare; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"A dramatic, deeply felt narrative whose characters and message will long be remembered." (Booklist)

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    Laura Tobaccoville, NC, United States 08-17-13
    Laura Tobaccoville, NC, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "BORING read of a not boring story."
    What would have made The Bronze Bow better?

    The narration was terrible.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George Speare? Why or why not?

    Not read by this person.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Woods?

    Jim Carter (head butler on Downton Abbey) because he should narrate every book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this audio book. Just make time to read it yourself.

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    Kemberly GAINESVILLE, FL, United States 03-04-13
    Kemberly GAINESVILLE, FL, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Changed Heart"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Facia becuase she was intuitive in how she responded to all characters and was a link that held the different world views and cultures together.


    What three words best describe Mary Woods’s performance?

    Good reading of the novel but not a lot of change was given to dramatize and represent the changes in characters and the changing heart of Daiel.


    If you could take any character from The Bronze Bow out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Leah out to dinner. After Jesus frees her to live life to the full- it would be refreshing to watch the childlike wonder as she encountered experiences outside of her former life.


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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 02-19-13
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "60's Newberry Award Winner"

    Set at the time of Christ, this childrens book was an enjoyable little read, reminding me of "The Big Fisherman" or "The Robe." An orphaned Jewish boy has an intense hatred against the Romans and is involved with zealots hoping to overcome the Romans. He meets Christ and eventually is able to lay the hatred aside. There are some interesting sub-plots and it would be a good read for a child who is Christian. There is an underlying Sunday School feel to it and an overt promotion of Christianity. It touches quite a bit about the Jewish rituals and law, showing them through the Christian view as being for show and not necessary. I don't think Jewish or atheist parents would be thrilled with it for their children to read, but still a nice book for the right audience.

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    Dorothy Glenwood Springs, CO, USA 03-15-10
    Dorothy Glenwood Springs, CO, USA 03-15-10
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    "Great Read"

    This book takes you back to ancient times when Rome occupied all of the Jewish territories. Great detail in everyday life for the Jewish during this occupation. It's a story, of a young man in search of who he is and were he fits in life. Great trials and rewards along the way and deloping a personal relationship with the Messiah.

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    Robin San Acacio, CO 10-05-10
    Robin San Acacio, CO 10-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    Very formulaic. Nice little story. It was a good idea to write from the POV of one who's life was influenced by the presence of Jesus the Christ. However, there were few surprises.

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