The Young Messiah (Movie tie-in) (Originally Published as Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt) - A Novel : The Life of Christ

  • by Anne Rice
  • Narrated by Josh Heine
  • Series: The Life of Christ
  • 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.The book's power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.

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What the Critics Say

"Rice's painstaking historical research is obvious throughout." (Publishers Weekly)
"Riveting....Rice's book is a triumph of tone (her prose lean, lyrical, vivid) and character. As he ponders his staggering responsibility, the boy is fully believable, and yet there's something in his supernatural empathy and blazing intelligence that conveys the wondrousness of a boy like no other." (Kirkus Reviews)

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How is it possible?

How is it possible for 3 reviews to be given for a 9 hour book that was released just one hour ago?

Even the printed edition was released just hours ago!

I've very skeptical of the reviews so far... makes me think that former Anne Rice fans are trying to undermine this newest book.

Giving false reviews is terribly misleading to others... I expect better of Audible.com members. Pity.
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- Drayton

Christians will like this novel, might bore others

This is a Christian fictional novel by Ann Rice who returned to the Church in 1998. This is a great book if you are interested an orthodox, well researched book about the life of Jesus, the Christ as a child of 7 or 8 years old as His family returns to Judea and Nazareth from Egypt after the death of King Herod. The book is unusual because it is told in the first person from the perspective of the Christ Child. The book is very thoroughly researched and covers a time in the life of Christ that few Christians think about very much. I was fascinated. The book uses some information from apocryphal gospels, one about the early life of Christ as a child. I believe this early apocryphal Christ Child gospel is not heresy but is simply a fictional account of what Jesus' childhood might have been like, told in the third person by a believer as respectful as Anne Rice is in this account. I learned a lot, and I am surprised I learned so much because Jesus Christ has been the focus of my life and learning for a long time and I consider myself a scholar, but Anne Rice's scholarship far exceeds mine. She makes me feel like an amateur. I am impressed. The reader sounds like a 10 or 11 year-old boy and he is perfect for the part. He does a very professional job reading this book. I cannot recommend this book more strongly.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio