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Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir.
Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer, a successful captain in Saul’s army, a cunning fugitive, a traitor leading a gang of felons, and a ruthless raider of neighboring towns who leaves no witnesses behind. But how does he see himself, during this first phase of his life?
With his hands stained with blood, can he find an inner balance between conflicting drives: his ambition for the crown, his determination to survive the conflict with Saul, and his longing for purity, for a touch of the divine, as expressed so lyrically in his psalms?
If you like ancient historical fiction about court intrigue, this king David novel has a modern twist like no book you have read before.
©2013 Uvi Poznansky (P)2014 Uvi Poznansky
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5 out of 5 stars
By Seb Kirby on 01-13-15

Impressive achievement

Where does Rise to Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best realised audiobooks I've listened to so far.

Have you listened to any of David George’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I've listened to a performance by David George. I think his presence is excellent and he makes a great success of bringing out the passion and intrigue of Uvi Poznansky's great writing.

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The story of David, known by many only for the killing of Goliath, offers a rich source for mythological storytelling that has appealed to writers, poets, playwrights and filmmakers. Uvi Poznansky joins this select group by offering a new perspective, one infused with her acute artistic sensibility. Writing from the point of view of David himself, she presents a portrait of a man consumed by passions he will perhaps never be able to fully control and imagines in superb detail much that is absent from the historical record. This is not the expected picture of the biblical King but one that brings out the whole man, good and bad. ‘Rise To Power’, the first volume of a three book series, is an impressive achievement and one that leaves no doubt that the remaining books in the series will be at the top of your reading list.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Warrior Princess on 11-24-14

Masterful Adaptation of an Old Testament Story

"Rise to Power" is beautifully written, emotionally engaging, thought-provoking and very interesting. David George is a great narrator: emotional and engaging. His delivery is smooth and presented at the perfect pace, making the story easy to follow and easy to enjoy.

Uvi Poznansky's adaptation of a familiar story from the Old Testament is unique and feels very modern. From the very first line of the prologue, the story drew me in, partly because of the masterful use of the first person by the author, and partly because of her engaging writing style. The scene of King David as a prisoner trying to escape and tell his story to liberate his soul is compelling and highly readable.

And then the story gets even better. Like all Uvi Poznansky’s books, this one has crisp and engaging dialogue, well-drawn characters and a unique plot. It was interesting for me to hear about the events from King David’s perspective and trace his journey from childhood to maturity and right into today’s time, making the story relevant and engaging for today’s readers. In this story, King David is not a mythical hero – he comes across as a real person, imperfect, flawed, and experiencing conflicting emotions – and that makes him so much more relatable, and his story – so much more compelling. A great story narrated perfectly by David George! Five stars.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Trish on 10-19-16

Monty Python meets Horrible Histories

If you're looking for uplifting, biblical fiction, this book isn't for you. It's kind of humorous in places and sometimes clever, but I think that's more due to the skill of the narrator than the actual story. If I'd been looking for comedy or biblical parody, I would have given this book more stars. As it is, I feel quite misled. It starts with gratuitous bad language and ends with gratuitous innuendo, both of which I don't think belong in biblical fiction. I don't know what category this belongs under, but it definitely wasn't what I expected it would be. Maybe it would deserve more stars if it was listed under the comedy section. The narrator however, 10 stars. He at least got me to the end, but I won't be buying anymore in this series.

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