• Judah's Wife

  • A Novel of the Maccabees
  • By: Angela Hunt
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (284 ratings)

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Judah's Wife

By: Angela Hunt
Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
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Publisher's Summary

The miraculous story of the Maccabees told through the eyes of a woman who learns that love requires both courage and sacrifice. Seeking safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries a strong and gentle man of the nation of Judah. But when the ruler of the land issues a life-altering decree, her newfound peace - and the entire Jewish heritage - is put in jeopardy.

Seeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, descended from one of Alexander the Great's generals, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses.

Judah's father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight - or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband's decision - what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?

The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah's wife, who learns that love requires courage...and sacrifice.

©2018 Angela Hunt Communications, Inc. (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Love It

Hard to put down. This retelling of the little known history of the days of Israel after the time of the king's and prophets was engaging. I am going to read it again and share it with friends.

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wow!

This b[k brought to life so much of the history of the Jewish people who loved and sought to do the will of God and all the struggles with this desire.

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Great, but I wish it had been done by 2 narrators

This was a great story with lots of great historical detail and intriguing plot. (I wish it had a happier ending, but you can’t rewrite history!)

My only criticism- and really it’s more of a suggestion, is that, as the book is written from two different perspectives -Judah and his Wife, both told in the first person - it would’ve been a smoother and more engaging listen if they’d used two narrators (one male and one female) to voice the two characters. Sometimes if you weren’t paying close enough attention, you’d miss the switch between point of view and be confused. Otherwise, Rachel Botchan did a great job and I enjoyed her performance.

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army of isreal

This was a good book; however, the story seemed to be very drawn out. Good read

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Interesting

I liked the e narrative and the story is also good. Brings up an interesting prospective.

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Judah’s Wife

A promising story from the Bible’s Book of Maccabees.
Many don’t recognize this as a book of the Bible, but it is! It was removed by the Roman/Catholic churches in the 1700’s.
Why?? Because this book Confirms Everything the Bible says! It brings the Bible to Life, like you were there on the battlefield. Same as some of the other “removed” books of the Bible including Jubilees, Jasher & Enoch. Read and know for yourself.
Thanks for a good book of the battles of Judas of Macabees & his family.

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Not as good as the audio versions of her other books

I had never read or even knew much about the Macabees, except that it was some sort of Hebrew revolt in jewish history after the exile and before Christ. I enjoyed the story immensely, as I have many of Angela Hunt’s other books. One thing I enjoy most about the audio versions of the other books I have listened to is the use of 2 narrators, a male and female voice for the male and female main character and point of view. This book had only one female narrator. As the character, who’s point of view was being expressed was only announced at the beginning of the chapter, if I paused listening mid chapter, I had difficulty remembering who I was listening to when returning to it. With the other books, it was easy to know who was telling the tale because there were 2 voices to distinguish between them.

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Not My Favorite

I selected this book because the narrator is one of my favorite narrators. I struggled to finish the story. I love her books. This one was just not that good. I will continue to purchase others.

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A dull history lesson

Not a love story at all. Just a long and dully narrated history lesson. The narrator could not properly pronaunce place names and her tone did not waver at all. Boring and boring again

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Great Story !

The performance was very good as long as she did the part of Leah. She has a very nice voice with great intonation. But, when the same narrator, did the Husband's part, it was hard to keep up with the story. One voice made it very confusing. But, the story line was great.

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  • Suzduz
  • 09-25-18

Fascinating

Had no knowledge of this historical time but it was portrayed expertly and fairly true to accounts. Thank you

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  • Jon
  • 10-17-21

Boring and disappointing

Absolutely boring. Just a romance placed in a historical time.
Characters lack depth and just repeat actions and words.
I am interested to find out a bit more on the Maccabees, but how many times does one have to hear that Juda is ‘hammerhead’ and that Leah’s father was a mean sort?