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The Dovekeepers

Length: 19 hrs
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Summary

The lives of four sensuous, bold and remarkable women intersect in the year AD 70, in the desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them and whom they love.

There is Yael, the assassin's daughter whose heartbreak leads to her true path in the ruins of the desert; Revka, the baker's wife who loses her dearest treasure on Earth yet finds the strength to protect her family; Aziza, the warrior's beloved who leads a secret life not even those closest to her could imagine; and Marit, beautiful witch of Moab, a woman as loyal as she is dangerous.

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Critic reviews

"Beautiful, harrowing, a major contribution to twenty-first century literature." (Toni Jordan)
"Hoffman makes ancient history live and breathe in this compelling story." ( Booklist)

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Absolutely stunning....

One day I will visit Masada and remember....
Beautiful narration, amazing book.
Will put this at the top of my list of memorable books.

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A masterpiece

This story takes you on the journey of four women who escape their homeland due to an impending Roman invasion. The book describes beautifully their customs, faith and experiences whilst suffering incredible hardships. Alice Hoffman’s writing is extremely poetic and you easily become lost in the prose. This audiobook is narrated by four women who each take on the part of one of the main characters.

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Totally Absorbing and Spellbinding

I was unsure about this book when I downloaded it. It took me a while to get around to listening to it. But I’m very glad I did. It is beautifully crafted and written, even in the moments when it risks becoming too wordy it twists and wastes no beautiful word.
The world it creates can almost be tasted and smelt, crafted in the ovens of mother’s and daughters, it skilfully captures the magic that is found between mothers and those marginalised by society.
It unravels like pattern woven in the most intricate design, like a heavy perfume it lingers In the air long after the wearer has gone.

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I was really surprised I enjoyed this book as much

When it first switched to a different narrative, I was a little annoyed. I had gotten so sucked in with the main character, Yael. But then the more I listened, the more I again got sucked into a different angle to the story. Each new narrative just added a whole new layer to the story already created with the first character.

I was really surprised I enjoyed this book as much as I did. It wasn’t all action, there was very little of the action I am used too. Swords/fighting and what not. But the character building, the background information and just everything about this story just sucked me in from the first chapter. I was rooting for all the characters that were narrated. I wanted to see them survive, I wanted to see them happy.

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Unforgettable....

So well written that one merges with the characters of a time long ago. And masterly narrated, making these women come alive. This book will stay with me for a long time.