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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (347 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marek Halter Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781415946480
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The ancient world and its politics come to life through the eyes of a young Jewish woman, Mary of Nazareth.

Miriam - also known as Mary - was born into a Palestine oppressed by Herod the Great; she is accustomed to living with uncertainty and unrest. But when her beloved father is wrongly imprisoned by the Romans, she takes action. She calls upon a well-known rebel by the name of Barabbas, and together they set out to save her father. A daring escape is accomplished and, against staggering odds, Miriam's father is saved from crucifixion.

Barabbas, flush with the success of the rescue, is intent on leading a full-scale rebellion against Herod and the Romans. Along with Mary and her father, he speaks before Jewish leaders who have gathered from various communities. Miriam feels great frustration as the men endlessly debate morality, the wisdom of rebellion, and the nature of God's will. Having almost lost her father, and knowing she will be ostracized, she nevertheless speaks out against the use of violence. And to her surprise, one man, Joseph, listens. He offers to take her to Magdala, where she will be allowed to study in the company of intelligent, well-read women. This rare opportunity sets into motion a series of events that will change Miriam's life - and the history of the Jewish people - forever.

Based on extensive historical and biblical scholarship, Mary of Nazareth is a revealing, utterly captivating portrait of a woman whose story we only thought we knew.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/16/2014

    " It was OK. It was an interesting perspective on history. Having been raised Christian, it went against my sense of tradition. As a scholar, I had to say I don't see how it COULDN'T be her story... so, I just have to take it as another possibility, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teguh | 2/6/2014

    " buku yang bagus dalam penceritaannya, dimana sejarah kristen kuno digabungkan dengan sejarah Nazi. Tokoh yang diungkapkan menggambarkan beberapa sudut pandang aliran kehidupan, seperti feminisme, otoritarianisme dan relijius ortodok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 1/24/2014

    " Not great not bad, nice feministic spin. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 1/24/2014

    " This was an exciting book for the first few chapters but it soon went downhill for me. I was surprised that the mother of Jesus could be depicted as annoying and condescending. I feel as though the author wanted to portray Mary as having wisdom and strength that astonished those around her, but instead she came off as very haughty and holier-than-thou. I am disappointed that I tarnished my idea of Mary by reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jana | 1/19/2014

    " While this is a great fictional story with good insight into history - I struggle with a lot of what it suggests - it is supposed to based on the truth of the Bible, but I did not find it biblically accurate in the least. Very disappointed! "

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

    " I didn't like the ending, but the rest of the story was good. Mary's version of the conception of Jesus was a bit of a stretch in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura C. | 12/31/2013

    " So interesting to read about that time in history but Mary is not very likable and her story doesn't really resonate. The ending could really piss some people off.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fsafrina | 12/10/2013

    " Its a nice thing to read.. cos i believe that she must be one of extra ordinary women on earth.. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/29/2013

    " I'm not entirely sure how much of this book is based on fact but it's a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Hull | 11/5/2013

    " Nice read, and glad I selected it. I got a good sense of her life before AD! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirlyn | 10/15/2013

    " very interesting version of the life of Mary and the events leading upto the birth of Jesus, gave a lot to think about "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/24/2013

    " This book was an interesting read. I don't know how accurate it really is about Mary's life prior to the birth of Jesus but it gives a very possible chain of events. In any case Mary proved to be a strong and couragous woman and I rallied for her and her beliefs expressed in the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 11/24/2012

    " It was a fasanating novel of Mary's life as she was growing up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline | 11/4/2012

    " Not as good as I had hoped. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kerri | 8/8/2012

    " No, do not read this book. Not only does it portray Jesus as a lazy, arogant fool, but also says he faked his death and got a giggle out of it. The whole book contradicts itself many times, has lifeless characters, and tries to pass fiction off as history. What a waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/4/2012

    " Very good story of (Miriam) Mary and Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 11/10/2011

    " Very interesting to look at this story from this different perspective. "

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

    " This is an intriguing novel of what good have been or what may of been happening in the years before Jesus was born. Even if it isn't true, it has to make one reflect on what could have happened. I definitely recommend this to a book group to discuss! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 6/17/2011

    " A fun story with a different take on Mary. Not the best writing I have ever read, but the story line keeps you there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jhonfenta | 4/3/2011

    " Halter can penetrate my imagine about virgin mary. as long as he added all characters with very nice... 5 stars!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 8/2/2010

    " It was a fasanating novel of Mary's life as she was growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salette | 5/31/2010

    " A vida de Maria mãe de Jesus , gostei imenso ; alias pena não conseguir mais livros de Marek Halter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa | 5/5/2010

    " I didn't enjoy this book as much as the trilogy, but it was interesting. Definitely not the usual portrayal of Mary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/5/2010

    " So interesting to read about that time in history but Mary is not very likable and her story doesn't really resonate. The ending could really piss some people off.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teguh | 2/17/2010

    " buku yang bagus dalam penceritaannya, dimana sejarah kristen kuno digabungkan dengan sejarah Nazi. Tokoh yang diungkapkan menggambarkan beberapa sudut pandang aliran kehidupan, seperti feminisme, otoritarianisme dan relijius ortodok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JJ | 9/27/2009

    " I kept putting this one down and had a hard time getting through it. One author's interpretation of Mary's life before the birth of Jesus. He went a bit too far for my comfort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 6/3/2009

    " Had me right to the end... and then the ending was too weird - to another dimension - in a not another dimension sort of book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/7/2009

    " This book was an interesting read. I don't know how accurate it really is about Mary's life prior to the birth of Jesus but it gives a very possible chain of events. In any case Mary proved to be a strong and couragous woman and I rallied for her and her beliefs expressed in the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 2mayboys | 4/1/2009

    " I like actually liked the fact that the author gave Mary a different voice than what we have come to expect. Probably, not true the time, but this is fiction. Overall a good read. "

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About the Author
Author Marek HalterMarek Halter was born in Poland in 1936. During World War II, his family escaped the Warsaw ghetto and eventually settled in France. He is the author of several critically acclaimed, bestselling novels. Lilah is the final installment in the sweeping, bestselling Canaan trilogy, which also includes Sarah and Zipporah, Wife of Moses.
About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.