Michal: A Novel

Wives of King David Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As the daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege - but one that is haunted by her father's unpredictable moods and by competition from her beautiful older sister. When Michal falls for young David, the harpist who plays to calm her father, she has no idea what romance, adventures, and heartache await her. 

As listeners enter the colorful and unpredictable worlds of King Saul and King David, they will be swept up in this exciting and romantic story. Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes her fans on an emotional roller-coaster ride as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as one of the wives of David. A sweeping tale of passion and drama, listeners will love this amazing story.

©2009 Jill Eileen Smith (P)2019 Tantor

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Love the historical references

I really enjoyed this historical fiction story and the biblical references, It makes you want to go back to the source, the Bible, and follow along the timeline. David is such a complex man of God. I enjoyed learning and being inspired to research Michal on my own. I enjoy this author's style of writing. I will definitely read the others!

This is the first narration I have heard by Ms. Beaulieu. I found myself distracted by the halting cadence Ms. Beaulieu fell in to while performing. I even tried to read along with the narration, but it didn't help. Overall, this didn't make me stop listening, but it lessened my overall enjoyment.

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Narrator was awful

I hate to put a Narrator down, but this one kept me from getting very far. She has stops and starts that make the characters sound mechanical; having no personalities. I keep wanting to just go on with the story, but it is very hard to get into it because there are no properly nuances.

I’m really bummed, and hope that this review prompts a change in narrator because I would like to hear the book in a way that makes it interesting; in a way I think it could be.

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very enjoyable story!

I enjoyed the story, with the verses from the Bible. The narrator did a great job as well.

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Excellent storyline narrator was to robotic

The narrator is very robotic very choppy The book has a good storyline The characters were developed well and was biblical based but The narrator was difficult to listen to.

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Loved the story line. It made transported me to an era that is not easily understood unless you are a bible student. I also listened to the reading and it was well done. However I would have loved to listen to different voices taking on each character's speech. The reader has a sweet melodic and very female voice. While her delivery was well done, I had trouble believing that David was speaking or any of the male characters for that matter. However, her intonation, her verbal needs at the different scenarios gave life to the story. I was pleasantly surprised. Thank you.

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Michal

I have learned so much about the power of forgiveness. The same being true for unforgiveness , as being a source of power to let in evil into our hearts, minds and souls . This book was very well written and performed lending an open door to discovering God's ways.

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Great

loved it, narrative is good, story good, like how each part starts with scripture I know

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love this book lives of King David

I truly enjoyed this book. it was a good pace and follow the Bible not sure about the characters but it has a lot of Truth as to what happened in the Bible i I enjoy historical books of the times of Jesus.

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