Three-time Christy Award winner Davis Bunn collaborates with Janette Oke to evoke the tumult of first-century Judea in the wake of Christ’s crucifixion.
Although she prefers service in Pontius Pilate’s palace to a loveless marriage, Leah is betrothed to a Roman centurion. Before he can have Leah, however, he must go on a secret mission. But when a rabbi’s missing body sends Leah and Alban after the same answers, what they discover could change all they hold dear.
©2009 Davis Bunn and Janette Oke (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
"Fans of these popular authors will love their joint effort imagining and animating the context of Christianity's birth." (Publishers Weekly)
I find it SO ironic that this book is titled The Centurion's Wife — the heroine doesn't actually become the centurion's wife until the very end. She isn't even considered his bride until well into the book. Mostly, she's a slave with very lofty beginnings.
But the title is even more misleading than that. You'd think from the title that this is some kind of historical romance set in ancient Roman times — you know, the polytheistic era with all the cool Roman togas and sandals. I imagined dark wavy hair, dark eyes, and Roman noses, a sexy, sultry romance set in the Mediterranean. Not so! In fact, this is more about the Jews in Biblical times, during the birth of Christianity. It was like a complete 180 degrees for me — not the Romans but the people that the Romans subjugated?
The problem was that even though the beginning showed promise, it never got there. Generally a good book starts out good and then builds up. You can usually tell right away. This seemed like it would build up, it just didn't.
This was basically a re-telling of the aftermath of Jesus's crucifixion. I know the story from the bible and had no problem with the liberties the authors took, because it's a Historical Fiction novel. I found nothing offensive as some reviewers seemed to, but it was boring. The rising from the dead of a messiah should not come across as boring, whether you are reading it as fiction or fact. It should be exciting stuff! This was not.
My biggest problem with the writing, and I'm not sure which author is to blame, was that they described in words how the characters were feeling or speaking. Every time. What I mean, is that instead of showing me a character was in awe, by describing tone, volume of speech, facial expression, action, etc. the authors chose to say "So and so was awed." This story begs for descriptive detail, It's a story I would like to have felt. Instead, it read like a list of facts, or the authors take on the facts.
I did not care about her voice because the story itself had too many flows
Describing the tea as a main refreshment for Romans and Jews instead of wine and water. Tea came to that area only in 5th century. Use of English farthing: the British farthing (derived from the Anglo-Saxon feorthing, a fourthling or fourth part) was a coin of the Kingdom of Great Britain, a new sovereign state created in 1707 by merging the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland, and later a coin of the United Kingdom, worth one quarter of a penny, 1⁄960 of a pound sterling, a continuation of the English farthing first minted in silver in the 13th century.
Too many bloopers to describe.
I read historical fiction for excitement to help me understand better what has happened in the past. This portrayed a very exciting, world changing event in the blandest of voices. I will not be continuing the series.
Great storyline with a glimpse into 1st century life in Jerusalem following the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Very well written and researched. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Narrator is effective.
I actually really enjoyed this book. I know, I know Jeanette Oake. But she really did a good job of writing a story that is pretty accurate to the facts of what happened surrounding Jesus death, resurrection and Pentecost. She sets up the tension well and has a believable take on what could’ve happened to Pontius Pilate after Jesus. Also, getting at the events from fresh angles helps to remind you of the biblical narrative.
The book suffers from a lowchurch understanding in terms of baptism and communion. Also, it has some theological misunderstandings of the Jew, Gentile question, but these were small and easily laid aside.
I did find myself rooting for the main characters. I would have liked to see what became of Jacob-- maybe he becomes the apostle James or something.
Really good voice. Susan, you are one of my favorites
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
With many books in line, waiting for my time, I just didn't have the where-with-all to stick to this one. I don't want to pan it, it may be just my impatience. But it didn't grab me, which a book has to do for me to spend my time with it.
The story first and foremost. The authors wrote a great series. The narrator was great. Audible needs to record the other two books.
Both Leah and the Centurion. We can only assume from what little is said about this centurion in Matthew 8:5-10 and Luke 7:6-10 that he was a good man of great faith who had more to do with Christ than we are told in those short verses. I think he is a wonderful character on which to base a story about early Christianity and that this is a wonderful story.
Everything. I don't nitpick the narrator when I listen to a story. I'm sure there are other listeners who could critique the narrator better than I, but to me, she did a great job.
Many. I was especially moved when I first realized that the centurion in this story was the very one mentioned in Matthew and Luke.
People, you need to hear this book. With only 69 ratings, even though they are very good ratings, it is no wonder that Audible has not recorded the other two books in this series. Repent so I can listen to those other two books!
I am very new to audiobook.com
However, I absolutely love this program! I much prefer this to the violent, indecent drivel on the TV or the movies online or the theaters! Forget TV I am hooked. A welcome break to studying and online distractions also. Wonderfully calming. I highly recommend this for any and all set apart family! This first book of this series was outstanding!
I was disappointed only...to learn that part or rather Book 2 was an entirely new book.
As it was right at point when, young Jacob was to be freed, to stay or go and the wedding day morning of the two that are betrothed.
Well can't say any more. :)
A presently poignant the look into the 1st century life of how it must have been then for the disciples and followers of The Risen Messiah.
It was wonderful described and easily envisioned by the talent of this writer. I can hardly wait to get the next book and to read them all!
Hinds feet on High places, One Knight with The KING. Surpasses The LEFT BEHIND series, without a doubt and I'd read nearly every single one, back in the day!
Very well done! She took on each characters roll with ease and transitioned from one to the next and as the narrator, proficiently.
Walk Of Faith,Trust,Destiny and Duty
When may I get the Centurians Wife Book 2 ?! It downloaded at first, as a whole. And does it count as a one or two credit gift?Thank you!
Alice Roberta Matthews (Keith)
In my top 10
When Leah realized marriage for her will not be a loveless marriage
The reader was excellent. She gave life to the characters. I will look for her name again as one of my favorite readers.
The Centurion because he was strong and honest. H e knew himself
I loved the way it woove the story around Christ's crucifiction. It made it seem like something real, which it is.
I loved this book, it was well read and the way it explores how everyone may have felt at the very first discovery of Christ resurrection is wonderful, and very creative
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