Lilah

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.18 hours)
Product Number: Z100012039
Released: Jun 27, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415950593
Narrator/s: Bernadette Dunne
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Description

Set in the magnificent culture of the Middle East more than four thousand years ago, Lilah is a rich and emotionally resonant story of faith, love, and courage.Living in exile, Lilah is in love with Antinoes, a Persian warrior. They have known each other since they were children, and Antinoes dearly wants to make Lilah his wife. Yet Lilah does not feel she can marry without the blessing of her brother, Ezra. She and Ezra are close, and Lilah knows her brother well-he does not want his sister to have a husband outside their faith. Ezra is a scholar of the laws of Moses, and Lilah believes it is her brother's destiny to lead the Jewish people back to the Promised Land. While Antinoes pressures her to accept his proposal, Lilah realizes that before she can consider her own happiness, it is her duty to help her brother accomplish the seemingly impossible task that is before him.Putting herself in grave danger, and with the help of Antinoes, Lilah wins Ezra an audience with Artaxerxes II, the King of Kings, who grants permission to lead the exiles on their journey back to the Promised Land. After a hazardous trip across the desert, Lilah, Ezra, and the thousands who join them arrive in Jerusalem. But the hardship of rebuilding the Temple takes its toll, and the religious enthusiasm of some turns to extremism. Ezra, listening to the zealots, orders all non-Jewish wives and their children banished from Jerusalem. Lilah, whose love for Antinoes has never wavered, is horrified by this command. She knows she must now choose between her brother and her conscience, which tells her that the time has come to defy him.Lilah is a timeless story of one woman's stand against intolerance; it will linger in the reader's mind long after the last page has been turned.

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Author(s): Marek Halter
Original Publish Date: Dec 04, 2007

Professional reviews

"Bernadette Dunne's narration guides readers through Halter's third installment in the Canaan trilogy, telling the story of Lilah, sister of the prophet Ezra. Halter has selected a heroine who must choose with whom to ally herself--the Persian Antinoes, a childhood friend who has become her lover, or her zealot brother. During the first part of the audio, Dunne sets up the drama, portraying the emotional intensity of both Lilah and the two men who vie for her loyalty. The second half of the story is epistolary, and Dunne successfully switches gears as she recounts Lilah's difficult travel and subsequent life in Jerusalem in tones that reveal her emotional growth and personal strength. S.H.W. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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