The Dovekeepers

Length: 19 hrs
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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The lives of four sensuous, bold and remarkable women intersect in the year AD 70, in the desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them and whom they love.

There is Yael, the assassin's daughter whose heartbreak leads to her true path in the ruins of the desert; Revka, the baker's wife who loses her dearest treasure on Earth yet finds the strength to protect her family; Aziza, the warrior's beloved who leads a secret life not even those closest to her could imagine; and Marit, beautiful witch of Moab, a woman as loyal as she is dangerous.

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Critic Reviews

"Beautiful, harrowing, a major contribution to twenty-first century literature." (Toni Jordan)
"Hoffman makes ancient history live and breathe in this compelling story." ( Booklist)

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Unforgettable....

So well written that one merges with the characters of a time long ago. And masterly narrated, making these women come alive. This book will stay with me for a long time.

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  • S McLoughlin
  • 06-05-17

Absolutely stunning....

One day I will visit Masada and remember....
Beautiful narration, amazing book.
Will put this at the top of my list of memorable books.

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  • Ms T
  • 02-21-18

A masterpiece

This story takes you on a journey of four women who escape their homeland due to an impending Roman invasion. The book describes beautifully their customs, faith and experiences whilst suffering incredible hardships. Alice Hoffman’s writing style is akin to poetry and you become lost in the prose. The multi-narration of this audiobook is excellent.

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  • Laura
  • 11-22-18

I was really surprised I enjoyed this book as much

When it first switched to a different narrative, I was a little annoyed. I had gotten so sucked in with the main character, Yael. But then the more I listened, the more I again got sucked into a different angle to the story. Each new narrative just added a whole new layer to the story already created with the first character.

I was really surprised I enjoyed this book as much as I did. It wasn’t all action, there was very little of the action I am used too. Swords/fighting and what not. But the character building, the background information and just everything about this story just sucked me in from the first chapter. I was rooting for all the characters that were narrated. I wanted to see them survive, I wanted to see them happy.

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  • Mrs Wilson
  • 12-30-19

Simply AMAZING!!! Hooked from beginning to end.

I have read numerous books and listened to even more via Audible. I rarely, if ever, leave reviews for anything. However, I have been so affected and moved by this book unlike anything I have read before. I am literally going to buy this in hard copy immediately and devour every page. I cannot recommend this enough. Love!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-19

Totally Absorbing and Spellbinding

I was unsure about this book when I downloaded it. It took me a while to get around to listening to it. But I’m very glad I did. It is beautifully crafted and written, even in the moments when it risks becoming too wordy it twists and wastes no beautiful word.
The world it creates can almost be tasted and smelt, crafted in the ovens of mother’s and daughters, it skilfully captures the magic that is found between mothers and those marginalised by society.
It unravels like pattern woven in the most intricate design, like a heavy perfume it lingers In the air long after the wearer has gone.

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  • fiona's kindle
  • 08-03-16

Strong and beautiful characters

The women of the dovecote epitomise courage, dignity, faith even though their story, the big picture of history anyway, is already written and they cannot win. Gaining and keeping control, maintaining integrity at the level of the Self, when the forces arrayed against you cannot be overcome, that's the message of this beautifully written, beautifully spoken book

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  • Kylie
  • 11-29-16

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A tough one to get into but compelling once the story is established. Graphically violent at times. An interesting insight into community and beliefs of the time. Overall it was enjoyable.

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  • Sharee Cordes
  • 10-31-16

Stunning.

Loved it! I wasn't sure if I would enjoy a story set in this time period but I really did. Be warned there are a few images that will haunt you. Hoffman's writing is poetic and moving.

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  • Susan
  • 02-09-16

Really enjoyed it, a must read

The story was engaging and the narrators were excellent. I couldn't stop listening it was so good.