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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Francine Rivers, a winner of the ECPA Gold Medallion, is a best-selling author of Christian fiction. A Voice in the Wind takes listeners into a richly imagined ancient Rome in the midst of its great decline. This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

Listen to the next book in this series, An Echo in the Darkness.
©2002 Francine Rivers (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"It is Ms. Rivers' faith in man and God that lifts these novels onto another plane and brings readers hope in time of darkness." ( Romantic Times)

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An truly blessed author

Nevermind that the story itself was unbelievably rich and entertaining and satisfying. Nevermind that the narrator has the deep voice that IS like a "voice in the wind". Ms. Rivers is certainly touched with the grace and love that she writes for her characters. In one work of fiction, she compellingly conveys the grace and love of the God she writes about.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Phenomenal story!!

Great story!! I would highly recommend this to anybody who likes a love story, a action story, suspense and inspiration. Three stories that intertwine and come together at the end. The narrarator was very good, also.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down

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 book 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.

67 of 70 people found this review helpful

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  • Cece
  • Fullerton, CA, USA
  • 11-09-09

Outstanding

I had been given a book by Francine Rivers Years ago (I can't remember which one) and I began reading it, but became distracted and put it down. Honestly, I was skeptical that a "Christian" book would be interesting and engrossing so I didn't really give it a chance. I read most of the Left Behind series and assumed that most Christian novels would be as poorly written. Fast forward to the present and I decided to try again. This is easily one of the best books I have ever read. It was engrossing, heart-wrenching, and well written. The characters came alive and I really cared about them. I can't wait to read the other books in this series as well as other books by this author.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Wonderful book...

This book depicts the Roman era and it showed how depraved the people were without Christ in their lives. There is hope and Haddassah's character shows how we should serve one another with a servant's heart. This book does not hide the violence at all. Francine Rivers is so detailed in her writing, that I could smell the foul air, where the slaves were held in the ships. I could feel their desperation. I could feel the eternal hope in Haddassah. It was a long book, but I didn't want it to end. Be sure to read all three books in the series. I believe my husband would enjoy this book too, it isn't all about romance.
I only gave it 4 stars, because I would have liked another narrator, possibly two narrators. One for the males and one for Haddassah. He wasn't terrible though and it didn't keep me from listening.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Easley, SC, United States
  • 06-13-14

A Voice in the Wind

This is an amazing, moving story that takes place during the Roman Empire, after the death of Jesus. Although fiction, the author gives a very interesting and insightful glimpse into this famous era of history. This is a Christian novel, but do not think this is a light read. There is violence, audultery, deceit and greed throughout the story. Francine Rivers does not sugar coat anything. She tells it like it is. I loved it!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Captivating...

I believe this is the best book that I've listened so far from audible.It has substance and well-written, the story would take you right to where all the characters and the settings are and you don't want to leave. Very impressive writing.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissa
  • Lynchburg, VA, USA
  • 01-01-09

A Voice In the Wind

Excellent read, couldn't wait to keep listening. And the second Book is just as good as this one!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Rick
  • Kirkland, WA, USA
  • 04-28-10

The characters held my attention

Non-christian and apostate readers will find a very transparent message aimed right at them in this novel set in 1st-century Rome. Be suspicious if your Mom asked you to read this book. That being said, I am surprised at how much I enjoyed listening to this story. I fell in love with the characters and I am inspired to lead a better christian life. I'll certainly read more of what Francine Rivers has written based on my positive experience with this one.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 04-21-16

Ancient Rome and Ephesus like America Today

I wasn't sure if I'd like A Voice in the Wind . . . if it would be like a dose of Christian medicine . . . but it is an excellent book, mirroring society today . . . culling nothing . . . revealing the truth of the cost of following Christ . . . the debauchery in the hearts of men and women,then and now . . . and just as Solomon said, there is nothing new under the sun . . . abortion, homosexuality, man's worship of knowledge, elevation of self above all else, wealth, blood lust, and all manner of perversion . . . it ran rampant in ancient Rome, just as it does today. America and the "modern" world may try to put a civilized face on it, but we have not succeeded. . . the historical account of the destruction of Jerusalem in 79 AD, the gladiator fights in the arenas of Rome, the corruption of the soul of young Julia over the years, are in stark contrast to the faithfulness of Hadassah, the Jewish slave . . . this is a trilogy . . . I have moved on to the next in the series, An Echo in the Darkness, which so far, is equally good . . .

7 of 7 people found this review helpful