• The Secret Magdalene

  • By: Ki Longfellow
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-28-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (94 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Raised like sisters, Mariamne and Salome are indulged with riches, position, and learning - a rare thing for females in ancient Jerusalem. But Mariamne has a further gift: an illness has left her with visions - she has the power of prophecy. It is her prophesying that drives the two girls to flee to Egypt, where they study philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy in the Great Library of Alexandria. After seven years they return to a Judea, where many now believe John the Baptizer is the messiah. Salome too begins to believe, but Mariamne, now called Magdalene, is drawn to his cousin, Yeshu'a, a man touched by the divine in the same way she was during her days of illness. Together they speak of sharing their direct experience of God. But Yeshu'a unexpectedly gains a reputation as a healer, and as the ill and the troubled flock to him, he and Magdalene are forced to make a terrible decision.
This radical retelling of the greatest story ever told brings Mary Magdalene to life, not as a prostitute or demon-possessed, but as an educated woman who was truly the "apostle to the apostles".
©2007 Ki Longfellow (P)2007 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"Vividly imagined." (Publishers Weekly)
"A beautiful book....the writing [is] compelling." (Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of The Gnostic Gospels)
"Imaginative, well-researched, and full of profound wisdom, this wonderful novel brings the ancient world to life." (Timothy Freke, co-author of The Laughing Jesus)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Allen on 10-27-07

Captivating & Thought-Provoking

This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. The characters seemed very real and the historical setting was extremely well-researched. Even though it's fiction - it has a truthfulness to it that allows for the suspension of disbelief.

I don't take it as an attack on the Christian religion - but then, I'm not religious. The philosophy, central to this book, that God is inside each of us & works through us doesn't seem (to me, at least) to be inconsistent with the teachings of Jesus.

So give this book a try. At the very least, it will make you think.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Molly Jacobson on 10-05-07

Lovely story, great characters.

I loved the risks the author took with this story. She was really willing to give up preconceptions and step inside her characters and tell it like she saw it. The result is a lovely novel that I found compelling from beginning to end. Each character is fully fleshed out ... and I can almost believe this is all Truth. I read for a living, and when I read something in my "free" time, it better be good. I found myself setting aside extra time to listen to this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 03-16-13

One of the best illustrations of Gnosis

I have listened to this book for the fifith time now and it informs me over and over. Ki creates the Roman Palistine world wonderfully and give a plusable and realistic idea of what the life of Jesus and his followers might have been like. She draws the attatudes and changes that would have exhisted and they would have challenged a teacher who saw things differently. How fanaticism and misunderstanding can alter an inderfiduals view and truth can be lost. This is fiction but drawn on a wealth of deeply reaserched knowledge. This book has help me to understand religon and the ideas around Gnosis like no other. Thank Ki Longfellow

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kristina Day on 06-02-17

Truly extraordinary

I could not put this down (or turn it off!). A truly extraordinary account of *his*tory and the life of Mary Madeleine. A story of the spirit, of politics, and of love. Deeply moving, insightful, and inspired.

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