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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Niall Williams Narrator: Nicholas Bell Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the tradition of Jim Crace's Quarantine and Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, John is a stunning, lyrical reimagining of John the Apostle in the final years of his life, by the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Four Letters of Love.

In the years following the death of Jesus Christ, John the Apostle, now a frail, blind old man, lives in forced exile on the desolate island of Patmos with a small group of his disciples. Together, the group has endured their banishment, but after years awaiting Christ's return, fissures form within their faith, and, inevitably, one of John's followers disavows Christ's divinity and breaks away from the community, threatening to change the course of Christianity. When the Roman emperor lifts the banishment of Christians, John and his followers are permitted to return to Ephesus, a chaotic world of competing religious sects where Christianity is in danger of vanishing. It is against this turbulent background-and inspired by Jesus's radical message of love and forgiveness-that John comes to dictate his Gospel.

Immensely impressive and based on actual historical events, John is at once an ambitious and provocative reimagining of the last surviving apostle and a powerful look at faith and how it lives and dies in the hearts of men.

At a time when many remain skeptical about religion but still thirst for spiritual fulfillment, Niall Williams's extraordinary and masterful new novel reveals a universally appealing message of hope and love. 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 by L. Scott | 2/21/2011

    " A wonderful imagining of John's life, character, and witness. Lyrical and dramatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 9/26/2009

    " I gave it 3 stars for being well-framed. It's not the clearest read ever...wait that's kinda like me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deborah | 3/25/2009

    " I kept changing my mind about this book throughout the whole read- between, "This is disturbing" and "This is enlightening." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kevin | 5/14/2008

    " I just could not get into it, even after a few chapters. "

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About the Author

Niall Williams was born in Dublin and studied at University College Dublin. His work includes stage plays, screenplays, nonfiction, and several novels. His first novel, Four Letters of Love, was an international bestseller, published in more than twenty countries, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Williams has been twice nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Literature Prize. He lives in the west of Ireland.