Your audiobook is waiting…

Magdalen Rising

The Beginning
Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
Series: The Maeve Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Young Magdalen and Jesus, brimming with youthful charm and arrogance, find each other and fall in love, forging a bond that is stronger than death. Their pleasure is overshadowed by a brilliant but unbalanced druid who knows a perilous secret about Maeve's past. The prequel to The Passion of Mary Magdalen.

©2007 Elizabeth Cunningham (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Smart and earthy.... Richly imaginative.... The epitome of the storyteller's art." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, named one of The Year's Best Books)
"This amazing book could well become a classic of women's literature." (Booklist, named one of the Year's Ten Best Fantasy Books)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    92
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    93
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    84
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The Story as Maeve meant you to hear it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Magdalen Rising to be better than the print version?

It is a bit unorthodox for the author to be writing a review, but the audio format is new to me and is a work of art in itself. I love the words I wrote and I love hearing them spoken in Heather O'Neill's beautiful, expressive voice. What is better about the audio version is that Maeve is a first century Celt trained in the oral tradition. As such she is skeptical of the written word. Maeve and I are both thrilled that you can now hear the story as she always intended for you to do.

What other book might you compare Magdalen Rising to and why?

The Maeve Chronicles are comparable to other epic series, like Tolkien's and Gabaldon's.

Have you listened to any of Heather O'Neill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not yet, but I will. She is a superb reader!

Who was the most memorable character of Magdalen Rising and why?

Well, Maeve is second to no one of course. But I have a fondness for all the wild old women. The Cailleach, Dwynwyn and Anna the Prophetess.

Any additional comments?

Treat yourself to these books no matter how many times you've read them or if you have never read them. Your life may be changed, as mine surely was in writing them.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Narrator A+ Story D-

Could not finish. I tried, and I really wanted to like the book. This doesn't fit into the historical fiction genre. The narrator was very good. If it weren't for her narration skills, I would not have made it through my 3 hour attempt to complete the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Donato
  • Portland, or United States
  • 10-23-15

Engaging Historical Fantasy

What did you love best about Magdalen Rising?

The author's knowledge of the New Testament and her ability as a storyteller.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maeve.

Have you listened to any of Heather O'Neill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. She does a great job and continues to be one of my favorite narrators.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Lover of the World

Any additional comments?

Listened to the entire series and highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

BEAUTIFUL fresh expression of her story

I truly enjoyed the riveting tale of Maeve! I'm so grateful there's more to read!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great Book!!!!

This is a wonderful story full of drama, humor, some action, and plenty of references to biblical era Britain. Ms. O'Neill does a masterful job of portraying Maeve. Almost as if she's sitting down and telling you her story herself. The only issue I have with this specific recording is that whoever did the editing really goofed and it often cuts to the next chapter in the middle of a line, and it almost seems like it cuts off parts of entire chapters. However, even with that minor annoyance, I would totally buy again if I had to do it over!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent

The narrator is excellent, although I am only giving 5 stars related to the editing which had a few glitches. It seemed before some chapters the last sentence of the preceding chapter was cut off midway. I think 40 is one such example. there should be a separate ranking for editing, since there is not, I'm slightly downgrading the performance.

The reader is probably the best that I've heard on audible. Excellent.

Story is so captivating. I'm very glad to have heard this story and thrilled that there are more books in the series to further indulge!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I want more!

I love this series. And the narration is A M A Z I N G. This story has everything.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

One of my all time faves!

So much incredible beauty in this book! It touched me in a very deep way.
I can't wait to listen to the next books right now!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lawton
  • United States
  • 11-30-18

Enlightenment

The story is an old one, but told with wit, beauty, and plausibility from the feminine perspective. While it is a piece of fiction, it opens up the question of, could it have been? And, why not? We do not know what happened during those lost 18 years. One can only speculate. It is the story of a magnificent woman who suffered and loved deeply; a woman who gives us a glimpse of how it could have been. I would love to think something along this story-line could have really happened. And the narrator - what can i say! Heather O'Neill is extraordinary. She breathed unique life into each character. I WILL finish this serious.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

WARNING to faithful NETFLIX bingers!!!

What did you love best about Magdalen Rising?

This book had me HOOKED from the beginning! Several times I've had to pause the audio because it made me laugh so hard I couldn't hear it!!! Maeve's story is empowering, inspiring, healing, captivating, and might have your Netflix account joining mine in converting the franchise to the online haven for tumbleweeds.

What did you like best about this story?

The fire of Maeve's spirit is palpable throughout the entire book and has since become part of my own.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-19

Fantastic book

Very well written and very well read - a joy of a book! The Celtic history was also very informative.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jadetree
  • Jadetree
  • 10-15-17

A wonderfully deep imagined version of events

Beautifully narrated and gripping from the first few moments. Loved this book so richly imagined and spoke deeply to the celt and the jew in me.