I really enjoyed this read and love how Mesu Andrews does such a wonderful job of bringing Bible times to life through her writing. But the audio can easily make or break a book for a reader, and I have to admit that I struggled greatly with the performance of this one. The narrator's voice felt distant from the narrative and didn't seem to match the energy and emotion. It prevented me from being able to get sucked in. I just couldn't do it, but I WANTED to read the story and so I switched to an e-book copy. I'm very happy I did because I was easily able to dive into the setting and and feel a part of the characters' world. Several other reviewers have said that they liked the narrator, so my personal recommendation would be to listen to the free sample first to decide if it would be a good fit for you. But the story itself is well worth the read and one i could easily recommend.
*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the publisher. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
He'll teach her hope, she'll give him her heart...
In The Shadow Of Jezebel has been the Mesu Andrews book I was most curious about. Partly because I've really come to love her books and part slightly morbid anticipation. If you were raised in the church like I was or have read even a smidgen of your Bible, just the name Jezebel conjures up dark thoughts and a little dread. Seriously, the woman was BAD news for everyone around her and her daughter, Athaliah, was no improvement. You know things are just not going to go well for everyone involved...
I, honestly, had the most interesting reactions to In The Shadow Of Jezebel. I didn't particularly care for Sheba (Jehosheba) for much of the book. But I FELT for her all the way through. Jehoida, though, was someone I personally understood a little bit better, especially his irritation with people who won't do the right thing because it IS the right thing.
Mesu Andrews's books are always hard-hitting stories that are just as applicable today as they are historically accurate. They will wrench the heart right out of your chest with their intensity and then place it right back in with their message of faith and hope. The narrator of this audiobook version of the story did an excellent job capturing that spirit and bringing it to life in a truly vivid way. Simply put, she was great!
Needless to say, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend In The Shadow Of Jezebel, the Treasures Of His Love series, author Mesu Andrews, and especially this audiobook...
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Audio Version: I really enjoy Biblical Fiction. I happen to be a fan of this author and I like the narrator she chose for her audio version of this book. I like the way the author along with the narrator brought this Biblical story to life. It helps me to visualize what was happening during that time. I also like to go back to the Bible and read for myself. The fiction inspires me. I’m looking forward to more audio books from this author. I received a copy of this audio book from the author. All views stated are my own.
In the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews is a beautiful biblical fiction story of Sheba (Jehosheba), the granddaughter of Jezebel and Amariah, Yahweh’s high priest of the temple. It was a thrilling and enjoyable tread from the turn of every page. Readers will love how it shows the personality and strength of Sheba as she deals with her manipulative mother and the budding romance between her at first unwanted husband. This is a story that readers will be inspired by and will remember long after the last page is turned, or in this instance, the last word is spoken. Well researched, this story will touch readers deep in the soul as they relate to the characters in the story. A huge theme in this story is unconditional love, both between man and wife and between man and God. This is an excellent story that readers will not want to put down.
Narrator Lisa Larsen does an excellent job narrating the story. Her voice is soothing and just right for this biblical romance. She is a bit more monotone than some narrators, but it’s just right for the type of story she is narrating. Readers will be soothed and enjoy her take on the voicing of the story.
Series: Treasure of His Love
Genre: biblical, historical, romance, Christian
Publication date: March 4, 2014 (print), January 2020 (audio via audiobooks.com)
Number of pages: 412
Other books in the series:
2-Love’s Sacred Song
3-Love in a Broken Vessel
4-In the Shadow of Jezebel
Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, and authors, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited OR pre-ordered/purchased for review. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Jezebel is a name everyone is familiar with—at least what the name stands for, if not the story of its original bearer. I was interested to see how Mesu Andrews would bring Jezebel's story to life, and then somewhat perplexed that Jezebel herself plays such a small role in this book. I believe she's in only one scene. I thought the book might more aptly have been called In the Shadow of Athaliah, as that wicked woman has a much stronger and immediate influence compared to Jezebel.
Once I realized Athaliah was going to be a prominent figure, I then thought the book would focus on the Biblical account for which she is most famous. I was wrong again.
So what *is* this story about, if not two of the most wicked queens in Israel and Judah's history? It's about Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram of Judah, and Jehoiada, the newly appointed high priest at Solomon's Temple. Some of my favorite scenes involved the choosing of the high priest and getting a better understanding of that process.
Jehosheba has been trained all her life to become a Ba'al priestess, but at the last minute her parents change their minds and seek a marriage for her with Jehoiada in an attempt to gain control of events at the temple, or even strike a bargain with God. Jehosheba knows little of Yahweh and trusts no one, especially this strange man whose whole life is devoted to Yahweh's service. For Jehoiada's part, he finds it hard to believe that this could possibly be God's plan—either his appointment, or his role as husband of the princess.
I listened to this book on audio, and it was no hardship to follow along. The narrator is very good, and the story is interesting, even if it wasn't what I expected. A few things that bothered me were that the characters cry frequently—all of them, even the hardened soldiers. It seems at least two out of every three scenes involve tears. There's also a lot of yelling and grabbing of arms to restrain people when angry, so if domestic violence is a trigger for you, I would avoid this story. As far as a look at a slice of history from Israel and Judah, it's quite good and deals with a lot of intriguing topics. I would recommend this story if you like Biblical fiction.
I received my copy of the audiobook from JustRead Publicity. All thoughts in this review are my own.
I read the hard copy a few years ago and loved it! Mesu Andrews is one of my favorite authors. However, there were some things that I didn't quite like, my opinion, with the reading. The reader did have great expression and tone, but some of the words and names were pronounced differently. That made it hard to get through. There also seemed to have been some glitches in the recording. I would highly recommend this book for the story, but not the audiobook.
have been a fan of Mesu Andrews writing for many years! I have actually read In the Shadow of Jezebel when it first came out in paperback. You can read my original review on the story here. It was such a captivating story, so when the opportunity to be able to enjoy the story in another medium came up, I pounced!
It has been about 6-7 years since I originally read this story, so not all the elements were fresh in my mind, hearing In the Shadow of Jezebel through new ears was phenomenal.When I first read it it was a nail bitter and it had me wanting things to resolve, but the suspense kept going. Hearing it this time around, oh my goodness, Lisa Larsen was able to add a new depth to this book that just kept me listening. Lisa's skills in conveying a story is so well done. Her voice is steady, smooth, and calming. Her voice paired so well with Mesu Andrews writing. Each have a talent to capture you in a book. As you listen, you do forget that you are listening to an audiobook. You are fully immersed in the story.
If you are wanting to try Biblical fiction, or even try an audio, this is definitely one I would recommend jumping into. I've been listening to audiobooks for a couple of years now, and this one of my most favorites I have to say.
Thank you to JustReads Tours, I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Although I read through the entire Bible in 2020 I was unfamiliar with this story. In the Shadow of Jezebel begins with Jehosheba as a spoiled and abused princess brought up to be a priestess of the god Baal-Melkart. Jezebel had already killed most of Yahweh's prophets and together with her daughter Queen Athaliah, they plot a new role for Jehosheba. To unite the tribes of Israel and Judah, Jehosheba must seduce Yahweh's high priest and convert him to worshiping Baal.
The narrator has such a pleasant voice to listen to. Very rhythmic. I did enjoy the story better at 1.25 narration speed. At normal speed it was too slow and I kept getting distracted. I'm really glad I listened to the story as these characters have some interesting names. Please tell me I'm not the only one that gets lazy and reads an abbreviated version of Old Testament biblical names because they are unfamiliar. Having her continue to pronounce the names I found myself saying the same words when I looked up the quoted scripture at the start of chapters.
I have read a couple of books by Mesu Andrews now. I love how different the characters are. She breathes life into them. Manasseh was portrayed autistic in Isaiah's Legacy. Job was patient and lamented in Love Amid the Ashes. In this book the priest Jehoiada has an anger problem. He acts out, yells, and is domineering. Even so he is God's chosen leader and has the weight of sacrifice on his shoulders. The characters' personalities in this book cause problems in relationships but also demonstrate the human aspect that God offers grace to. Jehosheba aka Sheba was abused so in this book she learns to stand up for herself while healing.
I received an audiobook copy of this novel from the author/publisher All opinions are my own, any positive review is voluntary.
Captivating from the first words, I love how this story came alive under the narrator's voice.
Engaging and thought provoking, I could not help but want to know more. The wickedness of Jezebel and Athaliah, the meekness of Jehoseba and the understanding that God is not finished with you yet.
I love the research that went into the story and how the author dealt with the areas of sin and idolatry without sugarcoating it.
It's definitely one I'd go back to again.
I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author via JustRead tours. All opinions expressed are solely mine.
I’m so so picky about audiobooks. Like EXTREMELY picky. I don’t know why, but the narrators voice has to be ✨perfect✨
5 stars!!! It was hard to pause or stop this audio because it was so good! The narrator did an amazing job for this outstanding biblical fiction! Mesu Andrews captures the inner conflict of Sheba with perfection. Submitting to Yahweh’s law would be disregarding everything she was raised to believe in. Not to mention the fear of facing the wrath of her grandmother Queen Jezebel for disobeying the plans laid out for her. The small stances of courage she took that led to her biggest heroic action of saving the baby who would later be king are a testament of what God can do when we obey even to the point of risking our lives. Such a remarkable story that is full of suspense. I can’t say enough about this novel. I found my new Bible hero.
This Biblical fiction story, focusing on the life of Sheba, is a beautiful display of God’s love and redemption.
Sheba (Jehosheba) is an interesting character with so much depth. Her internal scars have shaped her and my heart went out to her. Jehoiada is also a flawed character who is unpretentious and easy to connect with. His love was palpable and stirring. And Athaliah is an unforgettable character as well. She is a harsh and corrupt queen, adding layers of disruption and uncertainty to the story.
In the Shadow of Jezebel gives me a better understanding of the Old Testament customs and trials and encourages and inspires me. The amount of research and care put into this story is evident, and so appreciated.
Audio Narration: Lisa Larson’s voice is crisp and pleasant, and I wasn’t distracted by the fluctuating tones used for varying characters.
Audio Production Quality: The production quality oof this audiobook is clear with no distracting noises.
Overall Opinion: In the Shadow of Jezebel is a fitting title, sharing an emotional and consequential story during Old Testament times. I appreciate the strong themes and historical significance this audio version shares. As with all of Ms. Andrews’ stories, I enjoyed it immensely.
Dɪsᴄʟᴏsᴜʀᴇ: I ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʀʏ ᴄᴏᴘʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ʙᴏᴏᴋ. Mʏ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ ᴡᴀs ɴᴏᴛ ɪɴғʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇᴅ.
Mesu Andrews is one of the top authors writing Biblical fiction today. With impeccable research, she places readers in the place and time of her stories. In the Shadow of Jezebel is no exception with descriptions of feasts, palace life, the Temple, and the cities.
But what this book is really about is Sheba (Jehosheba), the granddaughter of Jezebel. Sheba’s future is decided for her by the women in her family, but God’s plan is bigger. As Sheba’s husband (Yahweh’s high priest) teaches her about the only true God, she learns of the love of a jealous God and will fight to protect those she loves at all costs.
In the Shadow of Jezebel is a reminder that manipulation and cruelty in politics aren’t something new. But through it all, God’s hand is on His chosen people, that his promises remain as true today as they did in Old Testament times.
With Narrator Lisa Larsen reads the audiobook with a steady and relatable voice to pull listeners into a story of intrigue, danger, love, and faith.
Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
The narrator did a wonderful job to am already amazing book written by a totally talented author.
Thought provoking, heart gripping and captivating. True to the genre it brought so much color and to the biblblical text with well carried out research.
The characters did justice to the plot and vice versa. They kept me glued to the story as I saw truth war with lies, darkness war with light, blood against blood but ultimately, even when it didn't look like it was going to happen God won.
A totally amazing and captivating story of God's love, deliverance and redemption to his children.
This was such a fantastic story! Once again Mesu brings us to a time in the Bible that I wasn't completely familiar with. What I enjoy about her stories is that I'm always going to the Bible to connect scripture to what's happening.
Jehosheba led a life with the women above her who are controlling, manipulative, and deadly. Heck, listening to this story scared me with those women.
God's hand at work when she is married off toJehoiada you can feel her terror. Her fear is palpable. Jehoiada is so kind and gentle with her. He's patient, and I really appreciated seeing both of their growth as they learn to live with each other. You can tell how hard it is for Jehosheba to let her walls down, but Jehoiadah keeps trying.
I loved having Obadiah and Nathaniel included in the story as well. I couldn't even imagine how difficult it must've been for King Ahaziah with his ima Athaliah and his grandma Jezebel. I really liked how Mesu helped us to understand what he could've gone through.
Listening to God's plan unfold through this story and how he kept the line of David continuing was incredible! I absolutely loved the story.
I enjoyed the narrator as well. The way she says Nathaniel's name kind of made me twitchy, but other than that, I liked her!
*I received this book for review. This is my personal opinion
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