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The Carpenter

A Retelling of the Story of Joseph of Nazareth
Narrated by: Lars Mikaelson
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical

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Joseph, a master craftsman and carpenter, stokes the ire of his family when he weds his pregnant (and seemingly unfaithful) betrothed, Mary. Pious, devout, and guided by the dictates of Heaven, Joseph has no issue with taking Mary - who still claims to be a virgin - as his wife and committing himself to the protection of her child, whom he senses is extraordinary.

However, there are others who are also aware of how special the child is, and not all have its best interests at heart. Among these is the despot Herod, whose oppressive rule and wanton cruelty are legendary. Deeply troubled by a prophecy concerning a King to Come, the tyrant is committed to finding - and eliminating - this threat to his reign. (And, having already murdered members of his own family in order to maintain power, Herod has no qualms about killing a baby.) In addition, there are forces beyond the ken of men that also recognize the singular nature of Mary’s child, and which are determined to keep the salvation that the babe represents out of mankind’s reach.

All of these factions and more converge on Mary and Joseph as they trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem in hopes of starting a new life. On a journey fraught with peril, Joseph fights to protect Mary and her unborn child from danger on all sides, including the elements, bandits, and Herod’s legions - as well as an utterly evil and otherworldly demonic force determined to stamp out mankind’s only hope of redemption.

Armed with little more than his wits, his faith, and his carpenter’s hammer, Joseph must face impossible odds to ensure the safety and survival of not only his family, but mankind’s future....

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  • Jayde
  • 07-03-2020

A FICTIONAL Retelling But A Good One

Although the story of Joseph and Mary the mother of Jesus is a Biblical one, this story is just plain fiction.
Now that we have that out of the way, this story is a good one. It tells of the marriage of Joseph and Mary and their subsequent journey to Bethlehem. This story includes spiritual battle as well as physical trials for our newlyweds.

Narration was very well done with individual voices for different characters making it very easy to tell them apart.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TRICK
  • 06-04-2020

Far Fetch

The narration of the story is great,the parts are good where you so believe the characters but the story,it seems so far fetch,why change the story,stick with the real one!

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  • Backlash
  • 02-04-2020

The first plot to kill Jesus

This is the story of the birth of Christ the way you've never heard it before. Chases, Centurions killer donkeys, and Joseph being a true hero. Great narration and lots of action.

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  • Sarah S.
  • 21-03-2020

good

This retelling of the story of Joseph is more on the dark side so if you're looking for something light and sweet I would not recommend this book.

The narrator was really good with all the different voices.

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  • jhessin
  • 14-03-2020

Entertaining, but takes too many liberties.

I received a free review copy of this book from the author at my request.
First, I would like to mention that I thoroughly enjoyed most of this story.
It was a great story about a godly man set upon by ungodly forces who overcomes
with the help of his faith. What's not to love? My only misgiving is that the
story is thoroughly steeped in tradition not the true story of the first
Christmas.
According to a wide range of biblical scholars there is a large amount of
evidence that the Magi did not find the Christ until he was several months old.
I think this story would have been much better if it had told the story of them fleeing to Egypt after the child was born (what I originally thought the story would be).