The Bronze Bow

  • by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Narrated by Mary Woods
  • 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After witnessing his father's crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by a single passion: to avenge his father's death by driving the Roman legions from the land of Israel. Consumed by hatred, Daniel leads a dangerous life living with an outlaw band in the hills outside his village, spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge.In nearby Capernaum, a rabbi is teaching a different lesson. Time and again Daniel is drawn to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, only to turn away, disappointed and confused by Jesus' lack of action in opposing the Romans. Headstrong and devoid of tenderness, Daniel is also heedless of the love and loyalty of those around him, dragging them down his destructive path toward disaster.
Winner of the 1962 Newbery Medal, The Bronze Bow is the story of a boy's tormented journey from a blind, confining hatred to his acceptance and understanding of love.


What the Critics Say

"A dramatic, deeply felt narrative whose characters and message will long be remembered." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

BORING read of a not boring story.

What would have made The Bronze Bow better?

The narration was terrible.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George Speare? Why or why not?

Not read by this person.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Woods?

Jim Carter (head butler on Downton Abbey) because he should narrate every book.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money on this audio book. Just make time to read it yourself.

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- Laura

60's Newberry Award Winner

Set at the time of Christ, this childrens book was an enjoyable little read, reminding me of "The Big Fisherman" or "The Robe." An orphaned Jewish boy has an intense hatred against the Romans and is involved with zealots hoping to overcome the Romans. He meets Christ and eventually is able to lay the hatred aside. There are some interesting sub-plots and it would be a good read for a child who is Christian. There is an underlying Sunday School feel to it and an overt promotion of Christianity. It touches quite a bit about the Jewish rituals and law, showing them through the Christian view as being for show and not necessary. I don't think Jewish or atheist parents would be thrilled with it for their children to read, but still a nice book for the right audience.
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- Jan "Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.