• The Book of David

  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: Jelyne Helms
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Neglected by her mother, abused by her stepfather, and trapped in an oppressive cult, Willow Sands has lived the past three years with the shadow of her 15th birthday hanging over her. That was the day her mother handed her over to David, the son of their leader, promising her a future even more bleak than she’d ever imagined. Now, with her 18th birthday and the day of her wedding fast approaching, she’s almost come to accept her fate. 

Hope was the last thing Willow expected to feel this close to her wedding, but that’s exactly what she finds in Jared. The more time she spends with him, the more haunted she becomes by the freedom she let slip through her fingers all those years ago. She knows if she wants a real future she’ll have to break free of the crushing grip the cult has on her, and the more she gets to know Jared, the more determined she becomes to gain her freedom once and for all.

Trigger Warning: This book deals with the subject of rape and may be disturbing to some listeners.

©2019 Kate L. Mary (P)2019 Kate L. Mary

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Great Read

The Book of David was a good read by Kate L. Mary. Willow has been neglected by her mom, abused by her stepdad, and trapped by a cult. Unfortunately her fifteenth birthday is hanging over her. Her mother handed her over to David, the son of their leader. The day of her eighteenth birthday will also be her wedding day. She never expected to find Jared and find hope in him. She's haunted by the freedom she let slip through her fingers years ago. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by the author.

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Okay story about a cult

Listened on Audible. Good narration. The narrator does a clear performance and her voice fits lead character, Willow, well.

I was a bit bored by this. A lot of the book is just cult stuff, and it’s not even an interesting cult. It’s the typical, non-surprising type of cult that men are the rulers and the women are subservient. Girls are raped by their intended when they are 15, and then forced to marry that person when they are 18. Father David is the cult leader that says he talks to God and their rules are from God. Willow’s wedding is approaching in a few weeks; she is very frightened of her intended husband since the night he aggressively raped her when she was 15. She dreams of escaping again; she escaped briefly after her rape, but she’s scared to try again; her mother has been threatened if she doesn’t follow through. Her mother is a shell of a person, but Willow still tries. The majority of the characters are simple because of brainwashing and lack of education. The “adults” in this cult are the weak and vile that have corrupted the youth of this cult. Father David’s son is a villain along with his father, but he too has been brainwashed. These people think they are doing the right thing because they follow a false God in Father David. Willow is trying to figure out how to improve her situation when she meets fellow cult member, Jared. A connection grows, but both are unsure and fear being punished. It’s a sweet, simple connection. The story just wasn’t for me, but the author did a good job of showing how cult brainwashing works, and how difficult it is to think and live beyond the cult.

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Engaging

This book was very engaging. I was a bit hesitant to listen as I wasn’t sure how I felt about listening about rape, however the author did a fabulous job with describing enough, but not to much! The performance was amazingly well done. The story is great and easy to follow. I found myself feeling the emotional aspect of this book deeply.

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Great book

What a great story of a young woman’s strength and the terrible tragedy of cults. Really good performance

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Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed listening to this book. It is a story of two young people trying to escape from a religious cult. Maybe a bit longer than it needed to be, but still a good listen.

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Phenomenal Narration

The Book of David was a great listen, it's beautifully written and emotional with incredible characters. It's different other Kate L. Mary's books that I've heard; however, still enjoyable. Jelyne Helms does an excellent job with the narration; her performance is outstanding. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Emotional overload

I almost out reading this book in the first chapter. Although I love books by KL Mary this one really started working on my last nerve. It took a whole paragraph what another books would take one sentence, because he had to hear about how that situation made her feel physically and emotionally and it went on paragraph after paragraph.I understand her wanting to explain her hatred and distain for David Junior, but I really overboard. Although I don’t think you could dislike men like him enough I didn’t think you could go overboard with explaining the hatred you feel. It wasn’t just that though everything had to be attached to her motion physically and mentally and it just became old. I read the book because I got this as a free review copy it was asked to give a fair review well this is my fair and honest review.

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Excellent Story, Excellent Narration

Jelyne does an excellent job of narrating this fine work of Kate. It is very well read and Jelyne keeps you engaged.

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Great story!!!

The story was told very well and doesn’t give gritty details that aren’t needed. The narration was good too. I didn’t really know what to except with it and was pleasantly surprised! Definitely worth a credit!!!

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Resilience and Strength of a Strong Young Woman

I studied cults in Religious Studies and this was pitch perfect for the isolation, child brides and abuses that abound with leaders who cannot be questioned. The relationships throughout the story are heartbreaking, well developed and very human. The dysfunctional aspects of normal people who are taken in by charismatic leaders is solid. I found myself holding my breath at times. “Marital” rape and trauma are handled truthfully. The resilience and strength of one young Woman in spite of incredible odds was inspiring.

The Narrator was very good and I enjoyed her talents very much!

**I received a free copy of this book in lieu of an honest review

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  • Selina ryles
  • 11-30-19

Completely different from this author

Whenever I start a book by Kate L Mary I always know that I wont be disappointed. The book of David Is very different from the books I gave read/ listened to by this author previously and it shows a completely different style of fiction from the author. The cult aspect of this storyline appealed to me from the offset and it was another book that gripped me right from the very beginning. There is great character development and I just absolutely adore the resilience of the main character Willow. I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-19

One I will remember for a long while

Gripping story from the off set...giving a very real account of what it is like to live in a cult and the sole destroying affect it has on children and women alike. The author did a fantastic job on bringing the main characters to life and they narrator did them justice. I am looking forward to listening to more from this author.

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  • Helen
  • 10-21-19

amazing book

Neglected by her mother, abused by her stepfather, and trapped in an oppressive cult,
miss Kate L. Mary has done it again great book must read