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4.0003261578604 out of 54.0003261578604 out of 54.0003261578604 out of 54.0003261578604 out of 54.0003261578604 out of 5 4.00 (3,066 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynn Austin Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of the Kings Series Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781436136150
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In Gods and Kings, Christy Award winner and bestselling author Lynn Austin pens a fascinating historical novel based on actual Biblical events.

Shortly after the death of King Solomon in 931 BC, the promised land is divided into two separate nations: Israel in the north and Judah in the south. Hezekiah is the second son of King Ahaz of Judah and heir to the throne. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah’s mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Schwob | 2/20/2014

    " This book really brings the stories in the Bible to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 2/19/2014

    " I love this series of 5 historical fiction reads dealing with King Hezekiah and his son Manassah. Lynn Austin weaves a great epic story from the Biblical scriptures making it personal. The first book was a little bit slow to get into, but oh my, once you grasp on to the story, you will not want to quit till you finish the whole set from one thru five books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 My | 2/15/2014

    " brings the story to life by giving the people substance and personality,beautifully written. I do not know if it is correctly told since i do not have enough knowledge about the story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kreiderlaura | 2/8/2014

    " This book gives so much life to the Bible story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendie | 2/3/2014

    " Enjoying very much! At the end I could not put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Campbell | 1/28/2014

    " Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah's mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country. Book 1 of Chronicles of the Kings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 1/21/2014

    " Free Kindle historical fiction... this is how I get my knowledge of Biblical history these days. Or any history, for that matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Mcdaniel | 1/17/2014

    " absolutely fantastic! can't wait to read the entire series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 1/5/2014

    " Brings the "boring" Chronicles and prophets passages from the Bible to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 1/4/2014

    " I'm not religious, but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 12/30/2013

    " well written. Highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 12/15/2013

    " Excellent story based on the Old Testament. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/2/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this book. A clearly loosely fictionalized story of Hezikiah's life before becoming King of Isreal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 11/23/2013

    " A most introspective journey through yourself and your relationship with God. Though very emotionally difficult to read sometimes, it really made me re-evaluate my faith and my realtionship with Him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 10/7/2013

    " Great book on the life of King Hezekiah! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolie | 6/25/2013

    " This was a fantastic book!!! It was the story of Hezekiah and his discovery of God. Will defiantly read again!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Stewart | 5/6/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. It certainly helped to bring the Bible to life. It made you stop and think. Very good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 1/24/2013

    " Excellent! This was the first book I had ever read by this author. I will be reading her books in the future. Six stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity Husk | 10/2/2012

    " Just bought this book last night on my ipad and can hardly put it down. About the young life of future king Hezekiah. Wow. If you love historical biblical fiction... this is book one in a series of 5. Book 1 is unavailable with amazon/Kindle but is available with barnes and noble (nook or ipad) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GenieD | 7/28/2012

    " Just finished Gods and Kings, Christian fiction based on the book of Chronicles about King Hezekiah. I liked her message, but it was written more "modern" than I liked. Her characters were missing too much of the ancient philosophies and customary attitudes of the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody Bowling | 5/1/2012

    " Wonderful book! Written so the reader can understand what is going on. Very good description of rituals of that era, great book, and have just now bought the 2nd in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bettie Rushlow | 2/29/2012

    " This is an incredible series based on King Hezekiah's reign during Old Testament times. Really gives you a good picture of what life was like at that time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 10/30/2011

    " Excellent book. It makes the Bible come alive! I can't wait to start the 2nd one in this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Makg | 7/31/2011

    " For a king who isn't really talked about, Lynn Austin did a fantastic job of bringing Hezekiah's story to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan James | 6/26/2011

    " Couldn't put it down. Well written, and anyone with a biblical background can relate to the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nik | 5/22/2011

    " This book is absolutely worth the read. Though it is a fiction book yet it does stick with the history of things that went on during King Hezekiah's life time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 5/7/2011

    " Very interesting and enjoyable. This is the first of 5 in a series and I will definitely be reading the others. "

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

    " 1st book in a series from Biblical times. It is a novel about living in those times and was enjoyable to read. Lots of research went into the book. Interesting to read about past history and gives a full life to people of that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 3/8/2011

    " I liked this series. Interesting reading the account of these biblical events in historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 3/6/2011

    " This was a great book. It really made parts of the Old Testament that can be dry or be confusing without background knowledge a lot more interesting. I really enjoyed reading this book! "

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

    " absolutely fantastic! can't wait to read the entire series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie | 2/24/2011

    " I loved this book! She brought to life one of the stories I have Read out of the Old Testament in such a way that I got a true feeling for what was happening! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/8/2011

    " Great series! Loved how she brings that era to life... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 em | 1/7/2011

    " I liked it but I need to reread it. It has been a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 12/22/2010

    " I liked this, but I didn't really like the writing. I like the history and had to go and read exactly what the Bible had to say about it to feel more comfortable about what were the fiction parts of the books. I am interested in what happens in the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/10/2010

    " I love this story. Historical fiction is my favorite things to read. I felt like having just been to jerusalem made this story come alive in my mind. Well done. Off to read the second book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 12/7/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the rest of the books in Austin's Chronicles of the Kings Trilogy. They are very informative as well as entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/7/2010

    " This is a great book. If you are confused about the Kings of Judah and Israel in the Old Testament, this is the book for you. I'm going to order the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 12/6/2010

    " This is an amazing series, after I read it I had to read the old testemant cover to cover! Really, really well done! loved it!!! "

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About the Author
Author Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin is an award-winning author of historical fiction novels. Five of her books, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, and Until We Reach Home, received Christy Awards for Excellence in Christian Fiction. Her novel Hidden Places was also made into a movie for the Hallmark channel, receiving an Emmy Award nomination in 2006. She received her BA from Southern Connecticut State University and studied biblical backgrounds and Archeology at Southwestern Theological Seminary. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, she currently lives outside of Chicago.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.