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Publisher's Summary

Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

The book's power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.

©2008 Anne Rice (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Rice undertakes a delicate balance: if it is possible to create a character that is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, as ancient Christian creeds assert, then Rice succeeds." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Michael
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 12-28-09

Well Done!

Anne Rice has done a powerful job delving into the potential experiences of Jesus the Christ in those early years. She is blending excellence of research with vibrant imagination to create a realistic narrative thread. She also uses both the Jewish history and the the traditions of the church to her advantage. Brilliant!

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  • greg
  • Ventura, CA, United States
  • 05-22-11

Wrong voice

I'm usually not a reviewer but I feel compelled to on this work. The story was well done, great descriptions and dialogue and such, but the reader chosen for this work seemed, in my opinion, totally wrong. Hearing that deep baritone voice for this type of work did not match up at all! When the narrator would recite the words "Oh Lord, how looonng" I too would think the same... How much longer can I last listening to this... The narrators voice would be perfect for reading how lions prowl on the Savannah looking for Zebra or a ghost story but for this work it didn't match up, especially when he was reading women's voices. I might listen to the other books but not with this narrator. Hate to give it a negative but those are my thoughts.

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Liked the first one, this one was disappointing

I really liked the first book in this series, Out of Egypt. It really made me think about what the experience of Jesus was growing up. This book did have some of that, but the disappointing part was that so much of the book was taken up by this odd plotline about the perils of a female character and how Jesus felt about her. Once that part of the book was over and it started getting into Jesus starting his ministry I liked it a lot more, but that was only toward the end, and having this large part of the book about a completely fictional character and relationship with Jesus was just not what I was looking for.

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Wonderful Narration ... but ...

The narrator on this wonderful audiobook is listed as Anthony Heald. Well, Mr. Heald has always been one of my favorite character actors and I KNEW it wasn't Anthony Heald! Finally, at the very end, the narrator thanked the audience, concluding by saying "This is James Naughton." Of course! I remember him from David Baldacci's The Camel Club. Ooops!
Seriously, get it, listen, and enjoy. Remember though, Ms. Rice's thought-provoking work IS fiction.

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A great Lenten meditation

Truly a wonderful naration of Christ's growing identity of himself as God and man.
The narrator's voice is perfect.

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A must read

Here we have a lovely rendering of the biblical and historical story in the form of a novel. Read it and imagine it! Enjoy the wonder.

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Brilliant performance and Inspired Writing

I listened to this many times and I am continually impressed with Anne Rice’s respect for Scripture and her imagination within the life of Jesus in first century Israel. Her portrayal of Jesus is provocative and stirring. She embellishes the events that we know about in ways that could have happened. What research and careful effort!
James Noughton is a brilliant reader. He performed wonderfully, much better than the readers of the other two books in the trilogy.

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Living The Bible Story

Anne Rice allows you to live in Christ’s time and experience just a hint of what may have been. She takes you into the time and allows you to casually observe with out people totally in the story being put off by you. Thanks AR for being a good scene.

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  • Brittney
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 11-26-16

loved it!!

loved everything about it. awesome narration!! I couldn't get enough!please please write a third!!
m.s.

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Holy Spirit inspired

I love this book. I have read of Anne Rice's struggles with her faith. However, I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit was working through her as she wrote this book. She has an imagination that has been baptized. I will continue to pray that she once again embraces the Lord who loves her and has given her a very special gift of writing! Shalom

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