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Publisher's Summary

2009 Retailer's Choice Award winner!

In this compilation of the five books in the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose - Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary - even scandalous - challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the savior of the World.

©2009 Francine Rivers (P)2019 Francine Rivers

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Entrancing Story, Compelling, Stirring Performance

I've never read the books, but only became introduced to Francine Rivers by this audio book. I am intrigued.
At first, I had concerns. There are savage reviews of this work on here; I was alarmed that such cold, heartless comments could have been written by people of faith! I listened to the sample and became confused- are these reviews about the same work? I was drawn in by the warm and friendly voice of the narrator, so I bought it.

Oh my, I was blown away! A story that I've known but never really thought much about: this beautiful narration brought me fully into the story from an angle I've never even dreamed- characters not only came to life, but the world in which they lived- each scene was played out with such description, such detail! I could close my eyes and just listen to the story living out through these very human people that encountered challenges that I can't comprehend, but now can somehow relate to. Wonderful.

The performance was fantastic! You could feel what the characters felt, she aptly phrased the story through emotion, pause, and intent. It didn't feel like someone was reading a story to me, I was listening to the story play out through such a stirring voice that I feel like I know these characters. Bravo to the narrator!

I'm hooked, simply hooked.

Don't listen to the naysayers on these reviews- I don't know what work they're referring to, but it simply cannot be this one.

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Awesome! 👍🏻

Really really great stories and really made me think. I really never gave Bathsheba the time of day but now, Wow! Everyone should read these from 18 up.

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A Joy to Listen

it was a joy to experience the lives of these biblical ladies through the eyes of Francine.

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I strongly suggest the book.

I strongly suggest the book. The narrator Winona has done a great job on the voices for each individual in the book. She has a wonderful voice that makes it a joy to listen to. The author has done her home work about the culture in the time each story would have taken place and it is written very well. What a well written and narrated book. You will enjoy it.

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good story, annoying narrator

The narrator can't pronounce "especially" properly (she says ex-specially). And in the story of Ruth she continually refers to Oprah instead of ORPAH. Oprah isn't a Bible name 🤦

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Can't stand the narrator! I was SO disappointed!

I was looking forward to listening to this book, and since I was excited, I made the mistake of not listening to a sample first of the narrator, as I normally do. I just purchased the book. But I couldn't even make it through the first chapter. The narrator sounds like a high school girl, and I kept expecting her to say "Like NO way! It's just, like, so RAD, you know what I mean?!". The way she speaks/reads DOES not work for a book that is set during biblical times - AT ALL - in my opinion. Another audio book ruined by the wrong narrator. :(
I will be returning the book, and maybe someday, Francine Rivers will choose a good narrator for this book, and I can actually listen to it.

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Beautiful book!!

I was amazed as to how much I loved this book! The stories of the women in the Bible in this book were told! I loved how each one was given a story! One to make you think more of how God prepared and used them! Beauty book!!!!
Thank you so much for writing this book- Francine Rivers!!!!

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wonderful book!

the reader needs to learn the correct pronunciation of words.
Each story was written beautifully.

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beautiful story awful narrator

Francine Rivers did an amazing job of telling the stories of these brave women throughout biblical history. however the person narrating the story was not as good as previous narrators have been

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Oh, man!

I am a huge fan of Francine Rivers. Her books are beautifully written and encourage the reader to walk with the characters of her books.
The narration of this book is horrendous. The miss-pronunciation of words, audibly hearing the narrator clearing her throat, silly accents that come and go, the list is too great.
It saddens my heart that this beautifully written work wasn't given the due it deserves. I hope you can sit thru the cringing narration and listen the stories.
I am praying this will be redone by someone better in the near future. Oh, man!

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  • eatough1999
  • 08-29-19

Hugely Disappointed

Having just listened to Redeeming Love and Scarlet thread and being absolutely captivated, I was delighted to find the Lineage of Grace series has been condensed into one book for one credit.. Wonderful... But oh my I have returned it as the narration is dreadful; diction is shocking, barely any change in character voices, stilted and dull... such a shame, it could have been wonderful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-21

Grace unmerited

The Lineage of Grace Grace indeed, shows the magnitude of Gods love. it does not matter who you are or what you have done as long as you acknowledge your sinfulness and accept the Grace of God extended to you thru love .

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  • MKN
  • 10-11-20

Francine Rivers is always worth a read

I have never regretted reading a Francine Rivers book and she makes understanding the Biblical stories relatable and easy. However, the narrator was very disappointing. Too many words (English words, not Biblical words) were mispronounced, annoyingly so. I expect the narrator to have read the book before recording it and sought pronunciations beforehand. Eg, surreptitiously, especially, and a wealth of other words I cannot remember off hand. Plus there was a lot of repetition of sentences, which was disruptive, and some sentences that were not completed. This is probably the editing of the recording rather than the narrator.
I almost returned the book (and haven't finished reading the 4th one yet) but the storylines redeemed it. Anyone who will find the constant errors grating, would be better off purchasing a hard copy.

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  • Marie van der Merwe
  • 10-05-20

Worth listening too

This book gave any person such a good understanding of the bible times.
very good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-20

Good story

Good story. It was close to the Bible, no unnecessary events or unrealistic character traits. It's great that the lineage of Christ was so highlighted. It's a story of great repentance and immeasurable grace.
But the narration was poor. Her normal voice was ok, but when she attempted to do a certain voice...she nailed the old annoying aunt or the whiny girl voices:)

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  • Allotmenteer
  • 08-15-20

audio failed at points

a few glitchy bits of audio . awesome story thanks . . . . .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-20

A Lineage of Grace

Loved it. May the Lord bless Francine Rivers. I will always enjoy your Christian fiction

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  • Michelle Bird
  • 10-16-19

Great Book

I thoroughly enjoyed learning and reading this book. It often put a smile on my face and made me think and ponder. Even though it’s a fictional book but it’s teaching at the end of each chapter was scriptural. Even though it is fictional it had a lot of substance in it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-19

Brilliant stories but dissapointing performance.

This is the combined version of the books that are seperately recorded as well - which seems to be better performed from the samples. I wanted to use my credit on one and opted for it instead of using 5 credits for the individual books. It was an odd delivery, the narrator was at times akward and I lost the flow of the story quite often but it was bearable - the story was overpowering and I listened the whole way through. If you prefer a brilliant delivery though, go with the originals.