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Publisher's Summary

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of People of the Book, Year of Wonders and March comes a unique and vivid novel that retells the story of King David's extraordinary rise to power and fall from grace.

It's 1000 BC. The Second Iron Age. The time of King David. Anointed as the chosen one when just a young shepherd boy, David will rise to be king, grasping the throne and establishing his empire. But his journey is a tumultuous one, and the consequences of his choices will resound for generations.

In a life that arcs from obscurity to fame, he is by turns hero and traitor, glamorous young tyrant and beloved king, murderous despot and remorseful, diminished patriarch. His wives love and fear him, his sons will betray him. It falls to Natan, the courtier and prophet who both counsels and castigates David, to tell the truth about the path he must take.

With stunning originality, acclaimed author Geraldine Brooks offers us a compelling portrait of a morally complex hero from this strange age - part legend, part history.

Full of drama and richly drawn detail, The Secret Chord is a vivid story of faith, family, desire and power that brings David magnificently alive.

©2015 Geraldine Brooks (P)2015 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A page turner...Brooks is a master at bringing the past alive...in [her]skillful hands the issues of the past echo our own deepest concerns: love and loss, drama and tragedy, chaos and brutality." (Alice Hoffman, The Washington Post)
"Brooks evokes times and place with keenly drawn detail...with the verve of an adroit storyteller...Ambitious and psychologically astute." (Publisher’s Weekly)
"This is the original Game of Thrones…[Brooks provides] vivid characterizations…each of the members of [David’s] court comes into sharp relief as they play a part in David’s rise and fall.” (Miami Herald)
"Thundering, gritty, emotionally devastating reconsideration of the story of King David.” (New York Times Book Review)
"Mesmerising" (The Australian Women’s Weekly)

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lyrical, haunting, compelling

What did you love best about The Secret Chord?

it transports the reader to a time long past and reaquaints with characters that are familiar and archetypal. However, these characters are not merely shadowy images, but compelling men and women who struggle with the bloody whims of their their time. Beautifully written and great story telling.

What did you like best about this story?

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

I will seek out other performances - it was superb

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

David's realisation of the gravity of his wrongdoing

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  • Katie
  • 05-15-16

Audible comes into its own for this book

If you could sum up The Secret Chord in three words, what would they be?

The story was good, but the best bit was listening to it with the correct pronunciation . I never would have read it like this.

What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

Excellent

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  • Paul A Jennings
  • 09-28-16

Not sure audible is best medium for this book

The book was a bit hard to follow because the names were foreign I me and it was hard to follow then by hearing the names. I think it would have been easier had I been able to see them on a written page.
The narrator was good, but I didn't like his version of the female characters
I love Geraldine Brooks, but I would not say this is my favourite book of hers. I would not recommend it. I would recommend People of the Book,a favourite of mine.

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  • Jennifer
  • 12-17-15

Well researched tale

Slow to start but once I felt the draw of the central character David, the tale had me hooked. The performance though exacting in pronunciation and able to vary voice for different characters was quite painfully slow in the delivery. I speeding the reading speed up was an improvement!

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