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4.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18 (55 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth George Speare Narrator: Mary Woods Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455178070
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After witnessing his father’s crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin yearns for vengeance. Consumed by hatred, he lives dangerously among outlaws in the hills outside of his village, spying and impatiently plotting.

In nearby Capernaum, a rabbi is teaching a different lesson. Time and again, Daniel is drawn to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, only to turn away, disappointed and confused by Jesus’ lack of action in opposing the Romans. Headstrong and devoid of tenderness, Daniel is also heedless of the love and loyalty of those around him, dragging them along his own destructive path.

Winner of the 1962 Newbery Medal, The Bronze Bow is the story of a boy’s tormented journey from a blinding hatred to the acceptance and understanding of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The scene is Jerusalem at the time of Christ, the characters vividly real, the story gripping.”

    Boston Herald 

  • “A moving, vivid, and well-written picture of the spiritual vs. the material, vengeance vs. love.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The story centers around Daniel…[whose] emotions and prejudices are the basis of this complex novel that is as powerful today as when it was awarded the Newbery medal over twenty years ago.”

    AudioFile

  • “A dramatic, deeply felt narrative whose characters and message will long be remembered.”

    Booklist

  •  Winner of the1962Newbery Medal

Listener Opinions

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

    " This tale is set in the time of Christ and relates an unsuccessful revolt against the Romans. Speare always provides vigorous historical fiction for the late pre-teen group. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joey | 2/12/2014

    " I read this one aloud to my kids. The book gave a good picture of the attitude of the Jews towards the Romans in the time of Jesus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talmage | 2/12/2014

    " i thought that it was very interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip | 2/7/2014

    " I love all the books written by Elizabeth George Speare. I couldn't read enough of her books when I was in junior high and high school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaylene | 2/4/2014

    " another great Speare book. I recommend this to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 1/27/2014

    " A touching and beautiful story. Read this aloud to my children and was so tearful at the end that I could hardly finish reading. We were all greatly moved by it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Poppy | 1/26/2014

    " that book was terrible!!!!!!!! whooo!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 1/25/2014

    " This book was excellent. While I don't think I could use this in school I do think that I would recommend this to my friends. It helped me to understand the Jews at the time of Christ so much better than I ever have before. I don't think I need any clues to remember this book because it had such an affect on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmalee | 1/23/2014

    " Loved this book. It was difficult to put down. Historical fiction which takes place during the time of Jesus. Helped me imagine how the Jews must have felt about the Romans and to think more about the Savior and his teachings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 1/23/2014

    " I remember reading Witch of Blackbird Pond as a child and Sign of the Beaver as a teacher so I was interested in reading another one of Speare's books. This one was another well written historical fiction for young adults. I liked how she integrated the history of Jesus and the rebels and the Romans with the personal story of the young boy. I liked how the book ended with the intertwining of the boy's life and Jesus' life. I wasn't too excited about the quotes from Jesus, it felt a little too book of Thomas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 1/23/2014

    " This was the Newbery Medal book for 1962. It's about an angry young Galilean boy who has sworn revenge on the Romans for the death of his father and mother. He learns through the teachings of Jesus to love rather than hate. There were some very touching scenes in the story, and it has a good message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anni | 1/19/2014

    " Winning the Newbery Medal for this book proves that Elizabeth George Speare was a meticulous historical fiction writer. The portrayal of the subjection of the Jewish nation to Rome is described to the point of feeling like you are there. The Bronze Bow is one of my favorite books in my collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenifer | 1/16/2014

    " I recommend this to every young person that I discuss books with. Read in my first book club. (Jennifer's) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Adelseck | 1/14/2014

    " Great book to read while studing the Romans. Kids loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandi Murphy | 1/6/2014

    " Beautifully written, Speare does a wonderful job of bringing the personality of the Savior to life. Daniel is a very well developed character who suffers a great many disappointments in his life that lead him to choose a path of violence and hate. Eventually he experiences a beautiful and believable conversion. The book left me in tears. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 1/4/2014

    " MCL. I think it would be fun to have a mini bronze bow like the one he made in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desi | 12/24/2013

    " I listened to this and really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/24/2013

    " Maybe read in junior high? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/9/2013

    " Spiritual and insightful. I almost cried, and I really never cry. I think everyone ought to read this book at least once during adulthood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Canny | 11/21/2013

    " Listened to this on audio. While the reading was somewhat stiff it still ended up being a moving story that I would recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Dunkerton | 10/19/2013

    " Wonderful Biblical fiction that teaches that love is more powerful than hate or revenge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 10/11/2013

    " Read this for Children's Literature at BYU and really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edy | 9/25/2013

    " Easy little book with a great lesson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiley | 9/18/2013

    " December book club book. Quick read...good book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tootles | 8/6/2013

    " I read this book as a kid and I remember that I really didn't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 6/29/2013

    " This was a read-aloud book for our family, and sparked many discussions about what life in the time of Christ might have been like. Very worthwhile reading, although not the best crafted writing. It won the Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature in 1962. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aja | 5/2/2013

    " I really like all of Mrs. Speare's books. This one was the first one I read. Really brings that time period to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aja | 4/24/2013

    " I really like all of Mrs. Speare's books. This one was the first one I read. Really brings that time period to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicity | 4/14/2013

    " I just wish it didn't end the way it did. It leaves too much up to the imagination. . . . Heheh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 4/14/2013

    " It's been a few years since I read this book, but I remember being moved by it and thinking about it for a long time after I read it. It's plenty entertaining, but also makes you think, and the end really stuck with me. Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilyn | 3/16/2013

    " I read this book with some friends, and we discussed it. I hadn't done that in a while so it was cool. I got a lot more out of it that way. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/15/2013

    " I loved how detailed and historically accurate Speare was without being distracting or exaggerated. The thing about this book I enjoyed the most was the first person experience of the political climate during this part of history. Beautifully written, and very insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Varci | 2/26/2013

    " A "good read" for sure! I loved that it was centered at the time of Christ, who comes to be an influential person in this boy's life. It is about the struggle a young boy has between seeking revenge and being full of hate or letting bad things go and forgiving others and being full of love instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josette | 1/23/2013

    " Excellent....couldn't put it down towards the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Finn | 11/16/2012

    " I thought the story was very cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zacaro Caro | 11/8/2012

    " This book is one of those great historical fiction novels that can suck you into the time you are reading about. I remember being so enthralled by this story. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theron | 9/24/2012

    " This was one of my very favorite books as a young teen. I also credit this book with helping build my testimony of Jesus Christ. I need to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 5/18/2012

    " Don't remember it perfectly, but I liked it. We own it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi | 2/2/2012

    " My husband recommended, and I really did not want to read and ended up really loving it, could not put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trent | 12/11/2011

    " This is a powerful book that focuses on Christ and what He meant to some of the Jewish people. I love fiction--it really teaches you empathy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 10/28/2011

    " Not one of my favorites by Speares. I really felt the main character's fixation on revenge was too overdone and made me like him less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Rathbun | 9/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The main character is angry and vengeful, lonely and frustrated, feeling responsible for his sister yet full of resentment. It brought to life a time I'd learned about in Sunday School all my life and peopled it with characters I cared about who were changed by Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Derricott | 9/23/2011

    " The mere fact that this story fringed upon the life of Jesus made me rate it as a 5. I enjoyed learning more about him and his power from a different perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 5/23/2011

    " I was touched by the parts with Jesus in them,
    especially when he was healing the sick. I liked the
    perspective.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/19/2011

    " Not at all what I expected. I liked it though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholeen | 5/19/2011

    " We read this as a family every year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/14/2011

    " A must read!!! I still have tears in my eyes! What a beautiful story! My faith in Jesus Christ just grew! Go get this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 5/10/2011

    " This is a good book about a boy who changes because of Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 4/28/2011

    " I read this book in elementarty school and I have been hooked on books since "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magen | 4/25/2011

    " I enjoyed this story. It gave me an idea of how it might have been to live in Jesus' time. Also teaches that love is stronger than hate. If you can let go of hate and forgive you will be happier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 4/18/2011

    " The Bronze Bow is a spectacular book; a great read! I loved how it included people from the Bible, Jesus and Simon Peter. I admire Daniel's willingness to provide for his sister Lea, when he easily could have left her to return to Rosh's Band. Speare is by far my favorite author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/12/2011

    " My mom tried to get me to read this book for years and I wouldn't because the cover didn't look interesting. I finally got desperate for something to read and I was completely taken by it and wouldn't put it down. Inspirational but with a fabulous story and characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 4/7/2011

    " Elizabeth George Speare is a really great author and this book that takes place in the time of Jesus Christ's ministry on earth is really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 4/6/2011

    " This book helps you really visulize what life would have been like at the time of Jesus. It was clean and a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 4/5/2011

    " This book is excellent in every way. I highly recommend it. It's a historical fiction book that takes place during Christ's earthly ministry. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth George SpeareElizabeth George Speare is widely known and admired by readers of all ages for her outstanding historical novels. She received the Newbery Medal for both The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Bronze Bow. Her book The Sign of the Beaver was a Newbery Honor award-winner and is available on audio from Listening Library.
About the Narrator

Mary Woods began her career in Washington, DC, where she performed at Ford’s Theater, the Folger Theater, Round House, and Washington Stage Guild. She spent several seasons at New Playwrights’ Theater developing new American plays. She is a veteran narrator of Talking Books for the Library of Congress, and received the Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award for fiction in 1996. Formerly a radio news director, she now hosts a daily local affairs interview program on Catholic Radio, for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. She lives in Albuquerque, where she continues to act on stage and in film. She received her BA at the Catholic University of America in Fine Arts and Drama.