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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ki Longfellow Narrator: Bernadette Dunn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Raised like sisters, Mariamne and Salome are indulged with riches, position, and learning—a rare thing for females in Jerusalem. But Mariamne has a further gift: an illness has left her with visions; she has the power of prophecy. It is her prophesying that drives the two girls to flee to Egypt, where they study philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy in the Great Library of Alexandria.

After seven years they return to a Judaea where many now believe John the Baptizer is the messiah. Salome too begins to believe, but Mariamne, now called Magdalene, is drawn to his cousin, Yeshu’a, a man touched by the divine in the same way she was during her days of illness. Together they speak of sharing their direct experience of God; but Yeshu’a unexpectedly gains a reputation as a healer, and as the ill and the troubled flock to him, he and Magdalene are forced to make a terrible decision.

This radical retelling of the greatest story ever told brings Mary Magdalene to life—not as a prostitute or demon-possessed—but as an educated woman who was truly the “apostle to the apostles.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gigi | 5/9/2011

    " I am a historical fiction fan. This book opened a lot of research venues for me since I'm not a Christian and I don't know much about the religion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kaci | 4/19/2011

    " Gives an interesting "other" viewpoint from which to look at the story of Christ. I wasn't too thrilled with how the story was narrated, however there were interesting twists to the characters that kept me turning pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Laura | 1/27/2011

    " Slow start to this book. It is now picking up. I'll let you know my rating when I finish.
    Just couldn't get into it! Big disappointment! Stopped reading halfway through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 1/17/2011

    " This story is not the "usual" way Mary Magdalene is portrayed. She is not a whore, but a woman born into a wealthy Jewish family who was able to travel to Egypt and be educated with scholars. It is beautifully written, and although wordy at times, never preachy. "

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About the Author
Author Ki Longfellow

Ki Longfellow has published two novels under the name Pamela Longfellow, one of which—China Blues—was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection in Canada and a bestseller in Sweden. Her second novel, Chasing Women, has been made into a Hollywood screenplay—twice. Her work is available in six languages, and she’s also written for Cream magazine, Ms magazine, and Rolling Stone.