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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 Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781415939499
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 12/10/2010

    " I found this to be a very well told story. It is very much along the lines of The Red Tent. I honestly was not sure how I would feel about this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missytwo | 10/29/2010

    " My second favorite historical novel of all time. The first is [Flow Down Like Silver] by the same writer. This book shook my understanding of the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Beth | 10/27/2010

    " A fairly interesting re-imagining of the Mary Magdalene story. I particularly liked Mariamne's struggle between her female persona and that of John the Less, her male persona created so that she could receive an education. However, I found the narration stilted and was less than captivated overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 10/17/2010

    " Not an easy read but a very interesting interpretation of this biblical character. "

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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.

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.