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A Voice in the Wind Audiobook

A Voice in the Wind: The Mark of the Lion, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Francine Rivers, a winner of the ECPA Gold Medallion, is a best-selling author of Christian fiction. A Voice in the Wind takes listeners into a richly imagined ancient Rome in the midst of its great decline. This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

Listen to the next book in this series, An Echo in the Darkness.

©2002 Francine Rivers; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"It is Ms. Rivers' faith in man and God that lifts these novels onto another plane and brings readers hope in time of darkness." (Romantic Times)

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-21-16
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Ancient Rome and Ephesus like America Today"

    I wasn't sure if I'd like A Voice in the Wind . . . if it would be like a dose of Christian medicine . . . but it is an excellent book, mirroring society today . . . culling nothing . . . revealing the truth of the cost of following Christ . . . the debauchery in the hearts of men and women,then and now . . . and just as Solomon said, there is nothing new under the sun . . . abortion, homosexuality, man's worship of knowledge, elevation of self above all else, wealth, blood lust, and all manner of perversion . . . it ran rampant in ancient Rome, just as it does today. America and the "modern" world may try to put a civilized face on it, but we have not succeeded. . . the historical account of the destruction of Jerusalem in 79 AD, the gladiator fights in the arenas of Rome, the corruption of the soul of young Julia over the years, are in stark contrast to the faithfulness of Hadassah, the Jewish slave . . . this is a trilogy . . . I have moved on to the next in the series, An Echo in the Darkness, which so far, is equally good . . .

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 04-29-09
    Susan 04-29-09
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    "Francine Rivers"

    Francine Rivers is a riviting author. She takes real events from the bible and spins a wonderful story around the facts. Very enjoyable to listen to. I recommend this book to anyone who loves the Bible and enjoys fictional characters bringing the Bible to life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Venice, FL, United States 02-05-09
    Janet Venice, FL, United States 02-05-09
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    "Buy this book!"

    This is an amazing story. But it also is changing me. I am a Christian, but I am learning so much about my life and myself listening to it.
    You will not be disappointed. If I could give it 10 stars, I would.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-05-10
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    "WAY too preachy, even for Christian Lit"

    I'm a huge fan of Christian books, but this one spent soooo much time detailing one of the main character's conversions that I ended up listening to a 20 minute sermon, instead of the plot, story, and characters I had hoped to her from. No dialogue, no flashbacks--nothing but this one character going on and on and on about coming to Jesus. I'm a very devout woman, but come on already!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Cole 04-29-14
    Josh Cole 04-29-14
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    "Amazing"
    Where does A Voice in the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook I've ever heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Voice in the Wind?

    The end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, you needed time to reflect on and absorb all that was going on.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for males and females.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Shealy 10-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "one of me favorite books"

    one of my favorite books of all time. the whole series is awesome start with this one and keep going. it really tugs at your heart. its a great read and listen! narrator is awesome too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joni J. 08-13-08
    Joni J. 08-13-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Good story that I really liked..."

    Since it is about the Roman games it reminded me alot of the Gladiator movie with a Christian twist. A little more daring than her other books, but I enjoyed the story.

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    Patrick S. 07-07-17
    Patrick S. 07-07-17
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    "Not your typical Christian fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to A Voice in the Wind the most enjoyable?

    Believable characters with good story arcs.


    What other book might you compare A Voice in the Wind to and why?

    The Gospel series by Jerry Jenkins. Similar setting and feel.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    The characters felt distinct when listening. His tone is just right for the setting and seriousness of the plot.


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

    Faith in action. Faith in love.


    Any additional comments?

    When your wife says that you must read this book, it's best to listen. It's finally nice to read a Christian fiction book that isn't Amish girl centered. Nor is this book strictly a Christian romance novel - although there are parts that are. Rivers does a good job of knowing the terminology, the culture, and setting of 1st century Rome. The book is well written and the characters are very interesting and different. People act like people which is sadly rare in the Christian fiction genre. The main character, Hadassah, is such an amazing character who goes through a good character arc. She isn't unwavering and super pious without flaw. She's relatable and interesting. And that's true for the other characters as well. The other characters aren't all bad or all good. Again, these are qualities lacking in the Christian fiction realm. The story does have some good apologetics and showing of Christian character especially at such a rare time than what we are used to. Christians in the Roman world who are the minority. The romance is good but the love story doesn't really hit a good slope and ascend, it mostly starts at 40% and then grows from there - an extra step at the start would have been nice.

    A few small qualms is that the book really jumps quickly from character to character. It would have been better to stay with a character for just a little bit longer. Also, the motivation of Calabah isn't really there and she tends to be a rather straight forward villain for the sake of being the villain. I get that she is in love with Julia but her steps of getting there just seem to to push Julia's plot along.

    Even still, I picked up the 2nd book in the series immediately after finishing this one and I'm excited to see where the story goes. Final Grade - A

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Barrett 04-27-16
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    "Fantastic but difficult to get into at first"

    A wonderful story, difficult to get into all of the separate stories in the very beginning but it picks up and really pulled me in.

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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 11-02-14
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 11-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Intriguing story, but anachronisms are annoying"

    I have a great interest in the Roman Empire, and have read/listened to several non-fiction books on the period. I also get that that this is a novel, a work of fiction and thus needs some leeway, but it was still annoying to hit upon an anachronism or something that just didn't seem right for the period. I felt the author was writing more about a modern football player than a gladiator, for one character.
    The book is a Christian novel, but the are sexual situations, nothing explicit. The author puts in cameos of persons who had passing mentions in the New Testament and the main character for this novel is an early Christian. Despite being enslaved and facing other challenges and temptations, she is super-Christian, constantly keeping and living the faith.
    The story itself, despite the little irritating anachronisms was interesting and I managed to listen to the whole book. However I did step away from it at times. The narrator gave a good performance.
    I'm in no rush to get the next in the series, but I may give it a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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