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Redeeming Love Audiobook

Redeeming Love

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Publisher's Summary

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a best-selling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

©1997 Francine Rivers; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jen Nokesville, VA, United States 07-17-12
    Jen Nokesville, VA, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "There is Love and Redemption"

    I'm not a fan of Christian fiction generally. I think most of it is insipid - poorly written, trite, and weak on the spiritual aspects.

    There is a reason that Francine Rivers is a beloved author and a bestseller in Christian fiction. She was a successful write of historical romances - the steamy stuff. And then she met Jesus Christ, who transformed her life and her writing. After 3 years away from writing anything, the Lord gave her a vision for her first Christian novel - an adaptation of the book of Hosea, set in 1850s gold rush California with a Godly man who is seeking God's will and the prostitute that God put in his life as his wife.

    Rivers does a good job on the adaptation. Her characters are well drawn, fully human, people who are real and flawed. The truth about love, forgiveness, grace and mercy, judgment, and redemption are all present.

    My only complaint is that the book seemed long. It seemed that with some editing it could have been more concise, less repetitive. But maybe that's just me.

    I listening to Redeeming Love very much. Narrator, Kate Forbes, did a good job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Liz SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 06-11-12
    Liz SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 06-11-12
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    "Powerful, eventually"
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    The story is entertaining/heartbreaking but the pace is a little slow. The author talks slowly and the writing is a bit fluffy, so it takes awhile to move the plot forward. (We listened to it at an accelerated speed and it didn't feel rushed at all) However, once my fiance and I got into the heart of the story, we were hooked. It was a very powerful message that left us both feeling convicted and encouraged. The ending is so perfect that it made every exaggerated pause was well worth it!! We all need to hear this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah D. Huntington, VT, United States 10-24-11
    Sarah D. Huntington, VT, United States 10-24-11
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    "Very compelling story"

    This is not a book I would read over and over again, but not because of how it was written (it's excellently written). Throughout the story Francine Rivers' description of the characters makes them come alive and so I found myself enraged, frustrated, saddened, and anxious to hear what was coming. I didn't want to put the book down, and it's 17 hours long! I found myself listening when I was making dinner or sitting in front of the television with my husband in the evenings.

    The situations in the book made me feel intense emotions and I am grateful that Rivers wrote a book with this content. I will definitely recommend it to others, with a warning to be prepared to have their lives changed.

    The reader was okay for me. Not the best. She generally had one tone through the whole book, which didn't always work with the storyline.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Conirush 11-22-08
    Conirush 11-22-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Thank you"

    This book helped me remember that God Loves me regardless of my past. And how to accept love from others even though I might not think I deserve it. Wow! Moving, emotional, confirming and rejoiceful. Well crafted to bring out the true emotion of the relationship between us and the Father. Awesome and again thank you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shono QLD, Australia 11-15-08
    Shono QLD, Australia 11-15-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "wow!!! My first audio book expeience"

    Having not being a huge reader myself (mainly not finding the time to with such a digital life these days) I turned my attention to listening to Audio books whilst at work.
    Found a review on the internet of this book and was compelled to try it out. As also being a believer of the Lord Jesus this book was even more inviting.
    Such a beautiful story of how much God really loves and cares for us all, and how he came to save the sinners/lost.
    Recommend this book to all.
    Cheers and Blessings

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Victoria 08-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a fan"

    This book was recommended to me by several people, so obviously, my opinion is simply another opinion. Most people seem to love the book. I found the heroine deeply irritating throughout the first half of the book--maybe even longer. It is a sad story and ultimately a story of redemption and I gave it two stars (rather than one) because I did manage to finish it--after quitting several times. And I did manage to care about the characters. But it was with effort on my part. I found it unbelievable on many levels and also very repetitive. It could have been half the length. I just didn't find the writing very compelling. Many others have, so it is just a matter of taste. This one is not my cup of tea.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 08-05-14
    Margaret 08-05-14
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    "Awesome!"
    What did you love best about Redeeming Love?

    The story; what an incredible story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redeeming Love?

    The closing chapter when Sarah walks to Michael across the field....wow, what a description written by this talented author....you could just see it in your mind!


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

    A voice that matches the character so well!


    If you could rename Redeeming Love, what would you call it?

    Relentless Love


    Any additional comments?

    I love listening to books:)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Eyez Fort Lauderdale, FL, US 12-21-13
    Misty Eyez Fort Lauderdale, FL, US 12-21-13 Member Since 2017
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    "The Truest Form of Love"
    Would you listen to Redeeming Love again? Why?

    YES very much - this is a tale of Timeless Love - This story takes place in the gold rush era, yet it is easily translates into the lives of the post Millennium reader today. Love is Pure - and Love is True - or at least in the case of Michael Jose. We follow the amazing story of Angel a young girl sold into slavery prostitution and watch/enjoy as her surprising life unfolds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Angel - for I relate to her the most, but I fell in love with Michael and pray for him to be in my life one day. However, I must say my favorite character is Paul for he accurately portrays 99% of Christians and they way they cannot look at you without judgement. Judgement is the opposite of love.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no but she was brilliant at the different tones and voices for each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The End - but I wont spoil it for you.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book and Im so glad I listened to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 11-18-13
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully Simplistic"

    I have had 'Redeeming Love' sitting on my bookshelf for ages. Years, in fact. I had heard from so many friends about how wonderfully beautiful the book was, how I must read it, how my life would change after reading it. I tried several times to delve into the large book's pages but never really got very far. I thought that listening to it might be a good idea.

    The story is set in the middle 1800s, and Sara is a happy young child living with her mother. Once in awhile, her biological father would visit but it was very apparent that he was jealous of Sara. He had a wife and children of his own, and he wanted Sara's mother to pay attention to just him and not her child. He cast her out of her 'kept woman' status and ended up dying in an old shack, leaving Sara to child molesters and criminals.

    Cut to about 10 years later and Sara, now known as 'Angel,' is a high priced prostitute in a brothel. She is angry and bitter at the world, but her beauty knows no bounds. She meets Michael, who is told by God that he is supposed to marry Sara and bring her home.

    Michael does just this, and a tumultuous relationship begins as Michael tries to tear down the walls that Angel has bitterly built over the years of abuse and abandonment. Michael takes his instruction from God and the scriptures, and seemingly will not give up on his new wife. Sara has a very hard time accepting that she is worthy of love, and trusting any man.

    The book 'Redeeming Love' is a wonderful story, if you like Christian Fiction. The problem I had with it, was the writing was too simplistic and the story was very repetitive. It was also so very predictable. I think younger readers might find the book more appealing, especially those younger readers who may enjoy Christian Fiction. The narration was very good, but the story itself was much too long. I am not the greatest fan of romance, so it may be that I am just jaded, however; although I am glad I finally listened to 'Redeeming Love,' I wouldn't want to read it again or ready anything else similar to the story.

    3 stars

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Larissa Brookhaven, MS, United States 03-14-13
    Larissa Brookhaven, MS, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent read! A must have!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. It is a true love story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how Hosea's amazing love for Angel is paralleled with God's amazing love for us! It reminds me a fresh and new of who I am to Him. I am His bride!


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

    Kate Forbes is an excellent narrator! She separates characters well. With just the right pitch and tone, she puts you right in the middle of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes! One of my two favorite parts was when Hosea fought his way out of the brothel. The other was at the end when she finally told him her name.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved everything I've ever read by Francine Rivers. I always seem to see myself somewhere in her book. She is probably my favorite author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • anna
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    4/13/13
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    "story that won't let go of you"

    This is a powerful book about Love, not just our love for each other but God's love for his people. Don't let the thought that this is a christian book put you off though, it tackles some tough issues with the ultimate theme being that you can never do anything bad enough that you are unloved or unforgivable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Grimsby, United Kingdom
    4/30/13
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    "From the Heart"

    This book is very dark in places and my prayers go out to anyone whos life shares Angel's story. Couldn't go to bed until I had finished the last 8 hours of this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Hagfoot
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    12/17/13
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does Redeeming Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be the best audible I have ever listened to. I originally read this book on kindle a couple of years ago and listening to the audible version confirmed it as one of my favourite novels of all time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At times the story of Angel's life is heart wrenching. Extremely difficult subjects have been tackled sensitively. This is also a wonderful love story, the love between a man and a woman and the love of God.


    What three words best describe Kate Forbes’s performance?

    When, I first started listening to this I was concerned I wouldn't enjoy the audile version. I found the readers' child voice somewhat irritating, luckily this is only a short section of the book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    3/31/11
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    "AMAZING!!!"

    This is my favourite book and it was lovely having read to me :) Would thoroughly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    5/1/17
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    "Praise Yah for this book."

    I was so incredibly touched by this amazing book. It is told in such a heart felt way and Francene has really been able to show the struggles of the lies we tell ourselves on a daily basis. This book is a true testimony about the Fathers unwavering, steadfast and redeeming love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amber
    2/7/17
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    "My Absolute Favourite Book!"

    An incredible story of true, sacrificial, unconditional love! A beautiful, heart wrenching story. read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • silvia
    11/25/16
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    "Too graphic"

    For me the story was too sexual and also horrifyingly violent. It's not good to listen to before bed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    8/22/16
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    "will never get tired of this book!!"

    I have listening to this book many times. I never get tired of it!! I'm jealous of the ppl listening to it for the 1st time. it's an experience I will never get back :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Judith Brookes
    England
    6/9/16
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    "Beautiful"

    A story of unconditional love beautifully written and beautifully read. I really didn't want the story to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aimee Gray
    5/31/16
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    "Great!"

    Loved it. It's such a lovely story and great to have an unabridged audio book of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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