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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (119 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sonia Levitin Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jesse, a Hebrew slave, and Jennat, a half-Egyptian, half-Syrian servant girl, both serve the Egyptians, but they live in vastly different worlds. Though Jennat serves a wealthy mistress, Memnet, she is content to share in the glitter of Egyptian life and idol worship. But Jesse’s life is filled with cruelty inflicted upon him by Egyptian task-masters. Jesse’s father believes only in survival and will stop at nothing to gain favors from the rich and powerful. His mother, however, believes that God will someday rescue His people and guide them to their own land.

When Jesse and Jennat work together in Memnet’s household, their worlds collide, and they are attracted to each other despite their differences. Soon both of them are embroiled in one of history’s greatest adventures: the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and their subsequent wanderings in the wilderness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As usual, Levitin’s characterizations are superb; here she draws particularly complex, believable portraits…Levitin’s exploration of questions of conscience and faith is startling and searching. Nobody in her novel mouths pieties; religious convictions are the fruits of hard and dramatic struggle. Her rigorous approach…will spur her audience to fresh appraisals of sacred history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Conlin conveys the tension of the days in the desert and the adjustment to the new ways of freedom and belief through her ever-changing reading voice and the pacing of the story. Together, Levitin and Conlin bring this timeless tale to life.”


  • “Levitin is certainly courageous. At a time when authors are steered away from writing controversial books and when stories are presifted to make them palatable to the lowest common denominator, she has written a book that is troubling, moving, and sensualand that forces its readers to think.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Conlin has a sharp, brisk tone which varies in pitch and accent to delineate male and female, young and old, Hebrew and Egyptian roles…Her delivery has a good clarity and pace and inspires fresh interest in the familiar story.”


  • “Ambitious…A deeply felt novel, underlying the philosophical complexity of the Jews’ great covenant and their first return to their homeland.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Isaac | 11/19/2013

    " I thouth that this was a really good book. I really enjoyed it because it was about the Exodus, which as of right now is my favorite book in the old testiment of the bible. I also enjoyed it becasue it had told both sides of the story. It talked about the Egyptians and the Jews. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Laurie D'ghent | 10/30/2013

    " I was really intrigued by the plotline, but got sick of how racy it was. Yes, concubines were real. No, I don't want to read about a nasty old guy and a 15-year-old girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 707Maeve W. | 10/13/2013

    " Good. Social Studies Read Aloud "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 8/21/2013

    " A pretty good book. Historical fiction with some romance. Kind of scary in some parts--if you read it, you'll know what I mean. "

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About the Author

Sonia Levitin is the author of more than thirty books for young readers. Her best-known work is the middle-grade trilogy that begins with Journey to America.