• A.D. 30

  • A Novel
  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Series: A.D., Book 1
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-28-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (961 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine.
A war that rages between kingdoms on the Earth and in the heart.
The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all.
Step back in time to the year of our Lord...A.D. 30.
The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors - Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews.
But Maviah's path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people - and herself.
©2014 Ted Dekker (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The reigning king of Christian thrillers...kicks down the door of biblical fiction." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Dekker (Outlaw, 2013, etc.) makes the spiritual real...descriptions of the Nafud's dangers - think Lawrence of Arabia--are powerfully done, as are his portrayals of the perils posed by the clashing customs of Arabs, Jews and Romans." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By yvonne on 12-30-14

Great Christian fiction

I loved this book. Can't wait for the sequel. IF you enjoyed Francine rivers "Mark of the Lion" trilogy, you will enjoy this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen P on 11-15-14

Not just fiction!

What made the experience of listening to A.D. 30 the most enjoyable?

This is my first audio book. I have a hard time reading if the light is to low. This allowed me to enjoy the story, without worry of lighting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A.D. 30?

The mix of fiction and nonfiction. The truth is, the book uncovered me! I found myself truly identifying with the character. I was exposed and put back together by the end. I'm looking forward to hearing it all over again.

What does Ellen Archer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brought life to the characters!! It was great.

Who was the most memorable character of A.D. 30 and why?

Honestly, I loved Maviah, Judah and Saba equally. They all had ther own strenghts, that made the story so compelling to listen to.

Any additional comments?

This is one of those books, that I am positive that I will listen to several times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By PJ on 12-08-14

Really great book, Ted Dekker at his very best.

Would you consider the audio edition of A.D. 30 to be better than the print version?

I havent read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

It is a very rich, deeply layered story which combines historical events with created story, not an easy task. I found that the book set a great context of what was happening before and during the time when Jesus walked this earth, it explored some of the reasons as to why he didnt live up to some peoples expectations and why he had such an impact on the world.
The main character is brillantly strong yet haunted by the insecurities of her past and very believeable. The narration is very good.

Which character – as performed by Ellen Archer – was your favourite?


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the book very inspiring, it captures very well how we are controlled by fear and when we choose to let go to fear of the world we find freedom and not some sort of dreamy easy street existance.

Any additional comments?

I am so pleased to hear that there will be a second book, cant wait.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barnabas Lawson on 09-18-16

An amazing journey full of joy and sorrow.

A story that took me on a journey through a time in history that became more real to me as I listened. a story full of joy and sorrow, intwined with the Truth. I immediately brought the second book on finishing this and excited to hear what will happen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Charmaine Prinsloo on 02-05-16


Lots of twists and turns, impossible to predict the story. Just didn't want it to end. Luckily there is a next volume.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 02-23-15


This book was released on the day of my 30th. Looking forward the AD 33

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