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Since Nero's suicide precipitates the Jewish revolt and subsequent destruction of the Herod's Temple for the Jews, the circumstances of Nero's self-destruction are laid out. The distinguishing features of the audiobook include Herod's first person narrative, his conversations with other historical figures, a portrait of life in Hell including its path to redemption, research documented in footnotes, and a detailed history of Herodian dynasty set into context including interaction with the Roman Empire, the Jews of Antiquity, and the Christian leadership.
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By Eric Shinaman on 10-17-16
Fun, somewhat subversive fiction story
I really liked this story. Wasn't going to comment, but I couldn't let the single one-star review go unresponded to. This book is obviously fictional and has its tongue firmly in cheek. I understand that Herod is a polarizing figure historically but this story is so obviously not trying to represent itself as reality (it's set in hell after all) that this wasn't a hang up for me personally in enjoying the story.
I couldn't help but get a kick out of this fictional character struggling in a very amusing way to untangle the nature of Judeo-Christian beliefs as a means to move up from the lower levels of hell to higher ones. One thing I will say is that this hell sounds a lot more like a kind of historical old folks home w fun activities and plenty of booze than anything I have to been led to expect from the Bible. I do agree w another reviewer that the passing reference to Hurricane Katrina as one of Satan's works was in very poor taste and fell flat as what I suspect was meant to be a joke. That was one of a few blemishes on the story. Overall tho this book was a good time w a good narrator and I would listen to it again.