Although I've been a Christian for most of my life, I'm almost always disappointed by Christian fiction due to it's lack of honesty. Rarely does a bo..Show More »ok shine the light of Jesus so clearly, while not denying the truth of what living in the world is really like. This story is full of wonderful characters dealing with the real issues of life in ancient Rome. We are shown the open debauchery, decadence, and brutal violence of the time very vividly by Francine Rivers, who gives us a "meaty" story that will satisfy both Christians and non-Christians alike.
The narration is weak, and if you're picky about that in an audio book, I suggest you listen to the sample for a long time before you decide to buy this book. The cast of characters is very large, and the narrator does not use much variety with his voices or accents, especially with the females. All his women have a weak, whiny quality to their voices. It took me a couple of chapters to stop being distracted by him, but eventually, the strength of the story itself was enough for me to really begin to enjoy the book.
While very long (and addictive) this novel is wonderfully inspiring. Be prepared to spend lengths of your time with it. Francine Rivers does a great..Show More » job developing her characters in the historical context of the early Christians in Rome and all of these stories are thought provoking. It's scary how the Roman society (as portrayed here) devolved into something similar to our society today! I'm not sure how historically accurate they might be, but I would like to think they are....
I wanted to particularly mention the narrator- he does a fabulous job differentiating the characters by voice, being consistent throughout which is very helpful considering the variety of males and females who hold conversations in the story.
I loved reading The Mark of the Lion series, so I purchased this audiobook. But I really don't understand why Book #1 and #2 aren't available for pur..Show More »chase from Audible. I'd like to listen to them in order, so PLEASE, Audible, make the first two books in the series available!