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Publisher's Summary

A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine.

A war that rages between kingdoms on the Earth and in the heart.

The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all.

Step back in time to the year of our Lord...A.D. 30.

The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors - Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews.

But Maviah's path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people - and herself.

©2014 Ted Dekker (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The reigning king of Christian thrillers...kicks down the door of biblical fiction." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Dekker (Outlaw, 2013, etc.) makes the spiritual real...descriptions of the Nafud's dangers - think Lawrence of Arabia--are powerfully done, as are his portrayals of the perils posed by the clashing customs of Arabs, Jews and Romans." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Great Christian fiction

I loved this book. Can't wait for the sequel. IF you enjoyed Francine rivers "Mark of the Lion" trilogy, you will enjoy this book.

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Not just fiction!

What made the experience of listening to A.D. 30 the most enjoyable?

This is my first audio book. I have a hard time reading if the light is to low. This allowed me to enjoy the story, without worry of lighting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A.D. 30?

The mix of fiction and nonfiction. The truth is, the book uncovered me! I found myself truly identifying with the character. I was exposed and put back together by the end. I'm looking forward to hearing it all over again.

What does Ellen Archer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brought life to the characters!! It was great.

Who was the most memorable character of A.D. 30 and why?

Honestly, I loved Maviah, Judah and Saba equally. They all had ther own strenghts, that made the story so compelling to listen to.

Any additional comments?

This is one of those books, that I am positive that I will listen to several times.

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Incredible fiction book with a biblical truths!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I love fiction books that highlight biblical truths, and anyone else who is the same will love this one!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A.D. 30?

I loved the scene when Judah broke the chains to save Movia from Brutus, but I also loved the scene when Yeshua was first introduced when coming into the courtyard with Phasa, Saba, and Movia!

What about Ellen Archer’s performance did you like?

She was very effective with how each character spoke!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!

Any additional comments?

If anyone loves fictional books with spiritual allegories and biblical truths you will absolutely love this book! The only thing, although it is counterintuitive to the message somewhat, was that I was waiting for Saba to show more action. There was no scene to at least give some demonstration of his strength lol!

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Ted Dekker is a phenom!

I love every book Ted Dekker writes, but this may be my favorite so far. I couldn't put this book down one I started listening! Great characters! Great plot! Great lessons from Jesus! Ted must have a special connection to God to be able to tell of God's ways in such a easy to read and understandable way! Thanks Ted!

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impactful

For me it is what I needed to hear.. The practice and at times lack there of has hindered my faith in God.. The book has been one stone that is helping me put it back together.. Great book..

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Another great read by Ted Dekker

I adored this book! I've been a huge fan of Dekker since reading the Prophet and related novels. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to meet and talk with Jesus, this gives you a glimpse into that potential. The characters are ever-changing and real. Nothing is expected, but the results are satisfying and uplifting.

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Waiting on the next

Another great book by Ted Dekker. Of the style I have come to expect from most of Dekker's work.

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Wow! You have to read this!

I am already a fan of Ted Dekker but I had not read any of his novels in quite some time. As is his usual fashion, he is splendid at keeping me fully engaged to the very end! I cannot seem to put his books down. This is a history lesson even though it is written in a fiction format. An awesome read!!!

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One of his best.

I have loved and disliked books by Ted Dekker. He is one of my favorite authors. This one I loved. I recommend this book highly. Ellen Archer was superb and kept me right in the story. I didn't want to stop listening. After submitting this review I am going to get AD 33. ASAP.

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Fresh telling of Christ's story

A beautiful and compelling story that takes the listener back in time to AD 30.
Opens the door to looking at the time and message of Christ from a new perspective.

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  • PJ
  • 12-08-14

Really great book, Ted Dekker at his very best.

Would you consider the audio edition of A.D. 30 to be better than the print version?

I havent read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

It is a very rich, deeply layered story which combines historical events with created story, not an easy task. I found that the book set a great context of what was happening before and during the time when Jesus walked this earth, it explored some of the reasons as to why he didnt live up to some peoples expectations and why he had such an impact on the world.
The main character is brillantly strong yet haunted by the insecurities of her past and very believeable. The narration is very good.

Which character – as performed by Ellen Archer – was your favourite?

Judah

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the book very inspiring, it captures very well how we are controlled by fear and when we choose to let go to fear of the world we find freedom and not some sort of dreamy easy street existance.

Any additional comments?

I am so pleased to hear that there will be a second book, cant wait.

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  • Barnabas Lawson
  • 09-18-16

An amazing journey full of joy and sorrow.

A story that took me on a journey through a time in history that became more real to me as I listened. a story full of joy and sorrow, intwined with the Truth. I immediately brought the second book on finishing this and excited to hear what will happen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-16

Beautiful

This is my first audio book and it's beautiful. I would have never read thus book but now I know what us in via the audio format.

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  • apollos
  • 03-07-16

Loved it

This story makes you long to hear Jesus speak, the impact on the heart quite profound, as for the holding back your tears lol. Forget it this story touches the places we keep Hidden. Ted is a gift to those who really want to follow Jesus ways

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  • Charmaine Prinsloo
  • 02-05-16

Captivating

Lots of twists and turns, impossible to predict the story. Just didn't want it to end. Luckily there is a next volume.

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  • David
  • 02-23-15

Magnificent!

This book was released on the day of my 30th. Looking forward the AD 33