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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,259 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francine Rivers Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781436153751
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Following A Voice in the Wind and An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure as the Dawn continues the chronilcles of Hadassah, a Christian slave woman living during the height of the Roman Empire. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 2/13/2014

    " The first two in this series were much better. In fact, they're on my favorites list. I really liked the first half of this book, but the second half - the trek to Germania and time living there - alternated between boring and strange. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Muhtarova | 2/13/2014

    " A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend the entire "Mark of the Lion series"! Francine Rivers is an amazing writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 2/9/2014

    " FABULOUS read! This is the third book in the series. It has different main characters than the first two, but their stories intertwine somewhat. I'll be reccomending this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alina | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this 3rd book of this great trilogy by Francine Rivers. This one didn't capture my attention quite as much as the first two but I still really liked it. Amazing how God's love and scripture can be applied today just as it was thousands of years ago! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Q | 1/27/2014

    " 3.5 Stars. The first two books in this series blew me away and have earned spots on my shelf of honor, but the final installment fell short for me. This book picks up Atretes' story again from the end of the first book where his path diverged from Hadassah's world. I loved his character in the first book, but in this book his proud, arrogant bullheadedness got really old, really fast. This book really dragged for me in the middle, though it got exciting again toward the end. Whereas the word of God was woven through the first two books through character choices and situations in the plotline, in this book characters spent huge chunks of time rehashing the gospel for new converts, and it just didn't make for the same level of gripping storytelling. I'm glad I finished out the series, and I enjoyed living in the world of an ancient Germannic tribe for a time, but I won't remember and cherish this book as I will the first two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/27/2014

    " was not as good as the first 2 but still amazing at showing God's work and what he is capable of:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vilo | 1/14/2014

    " 2 1/2 stars? I liked it in spite of myself. I had just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns, which is so well written, and here I was with "tremulous chins" and jaw muscles twitching. But the story is sweeping and carries you along, you never know what is going to happen next, and the author either got better at characterization or my senses were dulled and I stopped cringing quite so often. The research seems solid in comparison with other books of the time period. It is Christian through and through--thought-provoking and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Brown | 1/13/2014

    " Again it was the third in the series, not bad, but lacking a bit the wonderful flow the first book in the series had. Still not a bad read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui | 1/12/2014

    " I did like it but maybe two too many "jump the shark" moments for me. I preferred book one and two in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stepher | 12/12/2013

    " This was my least favorite of the three. Too much preaching not enough action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 11/15/2013

    " I loved this story all three of them, could not put these books down until they were finished. Beautiful beautiful story, loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista Kirk | 10/31/2013

    " I hate to say I didn't love this book like I did the first two but I didn't. I was so disappointed that the story didn't continue with the story line of hadassa and Julia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 10/14/2013

    " oh, atretes. you had me at hello. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa M. | 9/24/2013

    " not as good as #1, #2 in series, but still itneresting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Craddock | 3/16/2013

    " The 1st two in the series are my favorite but this one is still awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marybeth Taylor | 2/13/2013

    " Only on like page twenty, but already I can tell it won't dissapoint. After all, Atretes is a strong character with a definite story to be told. Can't wait to read on and find out what that story might be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 9/10/2012

    " Not as good as the first two. Still worth reading Especially if you enjoyed the first two and wish for more story. Enjoyed the main characters but felt she drew it out, realized it, then suddenly ended it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britny Hobbs | 9/5/2012

    " I've read all three of the books, and I absolutly love all of them. However, I noticed the characters weren't nearly as vibrant and well thought out in the second and third books. Nonetheless, I sill loved them, and I strongly urge anyone who stuggles with their faith to read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karing123 | 6/11/2012

    " The last of the series, not nearly as good as the first two, but you should still read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen Waltner | 5/16/2012

    " The best Christian Historical Fiction series ever. You gotta read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Allen | 11/27/2011

    " Love this entire series...presents the Gospel of Christ using characters who reflect our daily lives. I will be looking for more of her books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 11/15/2011

    " My favorite Francine Rivers book and I have no words yet to explain how much I love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G Santiago | 10/28/2011

    " The story of a former gladiator coming to grips with his new found faith. It's tested when he returns to his Germanic tribe who practice a pagan faith. Excellent writing on the struggle of faith and being a new Christian at the dawn of the end of the Roman Empire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 10/2/2011

    " Definitely the best of the triology - this was one of those books I carried round the house in the hope of finding a few minutes to read the next part of the story. I loved the way the characters developed and of course, the difference that God made to their choices and behaviour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla Marie | 7/16/2011

    " This book has been amazing, but I give it one less star because I personally didn't relate as well to the characters. Lots of war and blood scenes:) haha. . . and trying to finish! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanderer | 5/29/2011

    " This series is made up of three of my favorite books ever. I don't buy Christian fiction, as a rule, though I sometimes get them from the library. These I bought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal | 5/26/2011

    " These books will suck you in! They will entertain and inspire you.
    Enjoy with Greek food! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/27/2011

    " Just reread these! Roman Empire, fall of Jerusalem, Germania, Gladiators, and Faith. Powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 4/9/2011

    " Fantastic Series! I highly recommend them all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 3/5/2011

    " Francine Rivers + Historical Fiction = Happy Kate "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 2/4/2011

    " I really enjoyed being taken back to the time of the gladators and really getting a feel for what it was like for Christians in that time... Hadasa challenge me in the ways i would look at life if I had lost everything!... All three books were so hard to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 1/17/2011

    " So incredible. I've read the first two books twice and the third book once. It's fiction, but it makes you reflect on your own dedication to the cause of Christ due to the faith of the main character Hadassah. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mardi | 1/14/2011

    " I think these qualify as my favorite books of all time. I'm an astute lover of Roman History and also a Christian. These books bring these two loves to life for me...if you are either of these, you will enjoy these books.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 1/12/2011

    " great series- explained things to me in a way that made perfect sense, this series answered some of my own questions about the bible by weaving the explanations into a great story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/9/2011

    " Fabulous trilogy! Lead to my meeting one of the coolest persons on the planet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/4/2011

    " These books are amazing. I was reminded of God's love for me over and over while reading this series. Rivers has an incredible ability to capture the reader's heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikki | 12/9/2010

    " Love the Mark of the Lion series!! "

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About the Author
Author Francine Rivers

Francine Rivers published a number of novels in the general romance market until 1993, when she released her first book in the Christian book market. The Mark of the Lion series has sold half a million copies, and her total book sales are over one million. Since then all of her books including her newest series, Lineage of Grace, have all been bestsellers. She has won numerous awards and was named to the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1997. She and her husband Rick live in Northern California.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.