A Light on the Hill

Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
Series: Cities of Refuge Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
5 out of 5 stars (350 ratings)

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After being branded during the battle of Jericho, Moriyah has had no prospects for marriage - until now. She hopes to please the man, but things go horribly wrong and she is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the Levitical cities of refuge, she is unprepared for the dangers she faces, and the enemies - and allies - she encounters on her way.

Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question...until now.

Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies - and unexpected allies - she will encounter on her way.

©2018 Connilyn Cossette (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Stop using this narrator!

PLEASE Authors!!! Please I beg you...stop using Rachel Botchan as narrator for your books!! I see books that I think I want to purchase and listen to, but when I see it's Rachel Botchan, I just can't waste my credits or money. She reads like a child with her annoying high-pitched, squeaky voice and how she enunciates sounds as if she is talking with a mouthful of marbles. I am so bummed because a lot of the historical christian fiction books from some of my favorite authors seem to use her as narrator. (Connilyn Cossette, Angela Hunt...) I'm sure she is a very nice person, but she totally ruins what could be a wonderful experience for me.

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The Great Story is Worth the Not Great Narration

I’m so sad to have this book end! I’ve loved the Out From Egypt series and then A Light on the Hill.
This is such an excellent story!
I do feel like there was too much moving around and not enough of the time between the trial and during the trial, but that’s okay!
The narrator, however was awful!
She has to stop and take breaths in the middle of a lot of sentences, and she even has to correct herself in one near the end. She accidentally says the wrong word, you can’t miss it. She also makes like NO effort to voice act. She’ll throw in the little kids voices, but everyone else is just her voice. The Out From Egypt narrator was WORLDS better, actually making an effort to make every character different. ALSO, she mispronounces like all of the names. Even Yahweh... like seriously?? I’ll be straight up avoiding the hooks she narrates in the future. Huge bummer.

But the story is worth dealing with the narrator!! Can’t read the first 3 and then not this one, obviously..

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Another great story!

I'm always sad when the story ends. I enjoy her fictional pieces of the story to blend in with the scriptures. I'll admit that I had gotten used to the other narrator and I enjoyed how the last book had a male and female narrator, I hope she will go back to that. However, being a sabbath keeper and lover of the bible, I always learn something new that gives me a new insight to the stories in the bible.

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Marvelous!

This book is an awesome spin off from the Out of Egypt series. Cossette is a gifted author and not only encourages through her words, but also educated the reader about the Bible and Jewish culture.

My only criticism is the narrator Rachel Botchen. I have enjoyed books from her in the past, however, she mispronounced Yahweh and Moriyah throughout the book. It’s imperative for a narrator to research and understand pronunciations for a book series or a spin off. In book three from the Out of Egypt series Moriyah’s name was pronounced as “Mariah” and not “Maria”. This irritated me throughout the book and is an egregious oversight.

I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Story good, narrator annoying.

Good story, but I think it's my least favorite of the series, partly b/c of the story and so much "running", but mostly b/c of the narrator, who pronounces Yahweh as it if rhymes with "bleh" (and other names seem mispronounced as well), and who can't seem to read a sentence or finish a thought without pausing and taking a breath. Super annoying.

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Wonderful read!

You will feel like you are a part of the story. Vivid and enthralling composition. Wonderful historical context with love, passion, hope and restoration woven throughout.

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Amen!

I love this book. I kept stopping it to prolong enjoyment and because some parts were super intense! I’ve always been interested in the cities of refuge so I could not resist reading a story about a heroine who had to head into one. And, you can’t beat the way the story ended! I’m happy also to know this is a book in the series considering that I love series.

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Excellent book!!

This is a very good story!! I had a hard time pausing it. The orator does an excellent job of drawing you into the characters and the story!! Looking for to book number 2!

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lovely book

good characters set in Biblical times. strong faith message. going to read the rest of the series

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A Light on the Hill

Such a special book, such an interesting plot. Can't wait to read the next one. Brings you right into the life of the old testament times and makes everything come alive like you are walking the streets with Moria in the time of Joshua. I recommend this book:) Enjoy!!

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  • Karolina
  • 11-24-18

Beautiful

An amazing story. Well worth a listen. The character of Moriyah is very inspiring and the plot engaging.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-19

Unveiling Truths

I enjoyed hearing the author’s rendition of Biblical times. An intriguing story that has you questioning what feelings we all veil behind our fears. I found this story to be a good reminder of the truth beheld in our Loving Father’s Word - “Above everything else, guard your heart; for it is the source of life’s consequences. Keep crooked speech out of your mouth, banish deceit from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze on what lies in front of you. Level the path for your feet, let all your ways be properly prepared; then deviate neither right nor left; and keep your foot far from evil.”
‭‭Mishlei (Pro)‬ ‭4:23-27‬ ‭CJB‬‬
It never ceases to amaze me how YHWH uses the troubled times in our lives for good - Mariah’s cooking skills were gained while in Jericho. I know this is only a story but l am sure it mirrors truth in many of our lives.