The Book of David

Narrated by: Jelyne Helms
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Neglected by her mother, abused by her stepfather, and trapped in an oppressive cult, Willow Sands has lived the past three years with the shadow of her 15th birthday hanging over her. That was the day her mother handed her over to David, the son of their leader, promising her a future even more bleak than she’d ever imagined. Now, with her 18th birthday and the day of her wedding fast approaching, she’s almost come to accept her fate. 

Hope was the last thing Willow expected to feel this close to her wedding, but that’s exactly what she finds in Jared. The more time she spends with him, the more haunted she becomes by the freedom she let slip through her fingers all those years ago. She knows if she wants a real future she’ll have to break free of the crushing grip the cult has on her, and the more she gets to know Jared, the more determined she becomes to gain her freedom once and for all.

Trigger Warning: This book deals with the subject of rape and may be disturbing to some listeners.

©2019 Kate L. Mary (P)2019 Kate L. Mary

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Suspense

This was definitely suspense filled. The chemistry between the two main characters was sparkling. I was left with wanting more. It is a good read and an eye opener

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Engaging

This book was very engaging. I was a bit hesitant to listen as I wasn’t sure how I felt about listening about rape, however the author did a fabulous job with describing enough, but not to much! The performance was amazingly well done. The story is great and easy to follow. I found myself feeling the emotional aspect of this book deeply.

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Great book

What a great story of a young woman’s strength and the terrible tragedy of cults. Really good performance

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Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed listening to this book. It is a story of two young people trying to escape from a religious cult. Maybe a bit longer than it needed to be, but still a good listen.

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Phenomenal Narration

The Book of David was a great listen, it's beautifully written and emotional with incredible characters. It's different other Kate L. Mary's books that I've heard; however, still enjoyable. Jelyne Helms does an excellent job with the narration; her performance is outstanding. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Emotional overload

I almost out reading this book in the first chapter. Although I love books by KL Mary this one really started working on my last nerve. It took a whole paragraph what another books would take one sentence, because he had to hear about how that situation made her feel physically and emotionally and it went on paragraph after paragraph.I understand her wanting to explain her hatred and distain for David Junior, but I really overboard. Although I don’t think you could dislike men like him enough I didn’t think you could go overboard with explaining the hatred you feel. It wasn’t just that though everything had to be attached to her motion physically and mentally and it just became old. I read the book because I got this as a free review copy it was asked to give a fair review well this is my fair and honest review.

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Excellent Story, Excellent Narration

Jelyne does an excellent job of narrating this fine work of Kate. It is very well read and Jelyne keeps you engaged.

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Great story!!!

The story was told very well and doesn’t give gritty details that aren’t needed. The narration was good too. I didn’t really know what to except with it and was pleasantly surprised! Definitely worth a credit!!!

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Resilience and Strength of a Strong Young Woman

I studied cults in Religious Studies and this was pitch perfect for the isolation, child brides and abuses that abound with leaders who cannot be questioned. The relationships throughout the story are heartbreaking, well developed and very human. The dysfunctional aspects of normal people who are taken in by charismatic leaders is solid. I found myself holding my breath at times. “Marital” rape and trauma are handled truthfully. The resilience and strength of one young Woman in spite of incredible odds was inspiring.

The Narrator was very good and I enjoyed her talents very much!

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The Book of David

Willow is beat down by everyone in her life, her mother, her stepfather, her cult leader, and especially his son. She was given no choices and no voice. It made me feel so bad for her at times. She is a fighter and she doesn’t back down easily – at least in her mind. She is a strong person and it is nice to see her stand up for herself when she can.
I really enjoyed watching the friendship and common bond Willow developed with Jared. He had a loving parent in his life – but living in the same cult as Willow, he felt the struggles and hardships the same as she did. It isn’t an easy story to read, but I did enjoy it overall. I was given this free review copy audio book by the author courtesy of Audiobook Boom at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Selina ryles
  • 11-30-19

Completely different from this author

Whenever I start a book by Kate L Mary I always know that I wont be disappointed. The book of David Is very different from the books I gave read/ listened to by this author previously and it shows a completely different style of fiction from the author. The cult aspect of this storyline appealed to me from the offset and it was another book that gripped me right from the very beginning. There is great character development and I just absolutely adore the resilience of the main character Willow. I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-19

One I will remember for a long while

Gripping story from the off set...giving a very real account of what it is like to live in a cult and the sole destroying affect it has on children and women alike. The author did a fantastic job on bringing the main characters to life and they narrator did them justice. I am looking forward to listening to more from this author.

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  • Helen
  • 10-21-19

amazing book

Neglected by her mother, abused by her stepfather, and trapped in an oppressive cult,
miss Kate L. Mary has done it again great book must read