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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (601 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Fletcher Narrator: Meera Simhan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9780739335505
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Mitra and her little brother, Babak, are beggars in the city of Rhagae, scratching out a living as best as they can with what they can beg for–or steal. But Mitra burns with hope and ambition, for she and Babak are not what they seem. They are of royal blood, but their father’s ill-fated plot against the evil tyrant, King Phraates, has resulted in their father’s death and their exile. Now disguised as a boy, Mitra has never given up believing they can rejoin what is left of their family and regain their rightful standing in the world.
Then they discover that Babak has a strange gift: If he sleeps with an item belonging to someone, he can know that person’s dreams. Soon Babak and his abilities come to the attention of a powerful Magus–one who has read portents in the stars of the coming of a new king and the dawn of a new age. Soon Mitra and Babak find themselves on the road to Bethlehem . . .
The acclaimed author of Shadow Spinner returns to ancient Persia in this spellbinding saga–a tale filled with the color of the caravansaries and the heat of the desert, a tale that reimagines the wonder and spirit of a lost age. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skippy (Brooke) | 2/8/2014

    " This was an awesome book, but not too memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 2/5/2014

    " I found this book had a slow start. However, toward the middle it picked up and I began to really enjoy it. There is a surprising twist about two-thirds through the book that I definitely didn't see coming. Overall, a nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/4/2014

    " For anyone who is entranced by the potential power in dreams. Fletcher's vivid period imagery and her depiction of the three magi propped my mind up on the back of a camel and sent it a- wandering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaci | 1/30/2014

    " this book was really pretty good. It was not the story I expected and it turned out to be a cool version of the 3 magi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette | 1/22/2014

    " Another book for young people, but very excellent. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimdewitt | 1/22/2014

    " Listened to this one on time over an extended period of time, so may have missed some things, and because of that, I had a hard time getting into in at first, but ended up enjoying it. Though I really did not like the main character for most of the book, she was too obsessed with her blood line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiersten Robertson | 1/21/2014

    " This is an interesting book. It takes place in ancient Persia. Where a young beggar girl named Myra is finding any way to make a living, when her younger brother starts dreaming other peoples dreams. Myra jumps at this chance to make extra coin so perhaps they can join their older brother. But dire things start hapening and who can tell where they will end up next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/13/2014

    " An ambitious re-telling of the story of the three wise men. She takes a familiar Biblical story, and somehow makes it feel surprising-- and universal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 1/8/2014

    " This is a gorgeous work of historical YA fiction--well-researched and well-written and rings true emotionally. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty | 12/17/2013

    " I thought this author had a creative perspective into the story of the Magi that visited Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luna | 11/8/2013

    " E' sorprendente che sia classificato come lettura per ragazzi. E' davvero un libro molto scorrevole ma che fa riflettere sui valori della vita.... e non certo i ragazzi che hanno tutto davanti, ma secondo me chi dovrebbe rivalutare le sue scelte "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brinlie Clark | 9/8/2013

    " I thought it was a little odd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molina | 5/12/2013

    " It's an adventure with the wisemen seeking Christ--seen through the eyes of a young girl disguised as a boy and her younger brother who sees things in dreams. I LOVED it! didn't want to put it down. A great Christmas-time book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/21/2013

    " Beautifully told, great Christmas story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn O'Shea Swan | 4/9/2013

    " I had to read this for English in eigth grade and I wasn't expecting much. But it was so interesting and attention grabbing. I loved it! I loved how far she would go to keep her brother safe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookworm | 10/21/2012

    " 3.5 stars. Slow at times, but this version of the tale of the Three Kings was really interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 10/19/2012

    " An interesting look into the story of the three wise men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/17/2012

    " This was a nice, easy read. It didn't jump out at me as a great piece of literature, but it was clean, well-written, and interesting. I finished most of it in one afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Carr | 3/19/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Loved the setting, the time period, and the intrigue of the story. It is an unusual story and while there are some literary hiccups, it kept me involved and excited through the entire story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 11/29/2011

    " A tale of the Three Magi who journeyed to visit the infant Christ child. Told from the point of view of a 14-year-old girl who is a refugee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/22/2011

    " I've always thought the Magi were an under-explored side of the Christmas story, so I was glad to find this book. I enjoyed the perspective, how someone not in the Biblical account was given a front-row seat and told the story from there. Very cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth P. | 11/11/2011

    " This is about a girl whose little brother can dream about someone if he sleeps while holding a piece of their clothing. Some men try to take advantage of the two kids. It's also about the time leading to the birth of Jesus Christ. It's an interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/6/2011

    " I always wanted to know the story of the three wise men and this book sent me on a very imaginative and magical journey with them! I give it 3 1/2 to 4 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexei | 5/5/2011

    " I'm not much of a fan of middle East books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Troy | 4/29/2011

    " Not one of the more exciting YA novels I have read. If I would have realized that this was about a voyage to see baby jesus I most likely would have passed. Interesting concept about selling dreams was what intrigued me at first, but Fletcher didn't make the plot very exciting in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/11/2011

    " An interesting glimpse into the time and birth of Jesus...an nice coming of age story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 3/24/2011

    " The storyline was not quite as strong as I had wanted. The title of the book confuses me somewhat, I am not quite sure what an alphabet had to do with the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 2/12/2011

    " Susan Fletcher is a genius, in my book. I love how she weaves her stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawnetta | 2/7/2011

    " I love where this adventure takes you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookworm | 1/16/2011

    " 3.5 stars rounded down. Slow at times, but this version of the tale of the Three Kings was really interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Omi | 1/13/2011

    " i loved this book! i listened to the audio version, which probably made it even better because it was dramatized. ive never actually read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayde | 8/22/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. Interesting to read the author's ideas about the magi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/2/2010

    " I'm trying to read some of the Beehive Award books. This was a great YA book. I enjoyed the telling of the story of the three Magi from a different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 7/21/2010

    " Good read. Worth the time. View of the journey of the Magi via a young women. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Fletcher

Susan Fletcher is the author of Eve Green, which won the Whitbread Award for First Novel, and Oystercatchers. She lives in the United Kingdom.

About the Narrator

Meera Simhan is a film and stage actress who was born in England and raised in San Diego. Her first lead film role was as Linda Jones in Date Movie in 2006. Since then she has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Iron Man, Law & Order, The Young and the Restless, and The Mentalist.