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The Dovekeepers: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2011

Duration: 19 hours 4 minutes


Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel.

The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet—one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

In 70 C.D., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic historical event, Hoffman weaves a spellbinding tale of four extraordinary, bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom comes to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her twin grandsons, rendered mute by their own witness. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman, who finds passion with another soldier. Shirah is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege, as the Romans draw near. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

This novel is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece.


  • Chris C

    I had visited Masada earlier this year and the dovecotes caught my attention. A friend recommended the book. I highly recommend!

  • Anonymous

    You will not be disappointed! Stay with it till the end!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! I was hooked through both sets. A must read!!

  • Anonymous

    excellent book. I enjoyed the story line and the reading.

  • M K

    I can respect this book as being well written and fantastically researched, but it just wasn't my thing. Heavy on the repetition and slow-paced. Would be well-suited for someone who loves historical fiction.

  • workwhilelistening

    This book is greatly enhanced by the narrators and the simple fact that this is a story that is best told by story tellers. Interesting. 'Page turner'. completely enjoyable.