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This is the story of teenaged Simon ben Eleazar and his life among the Jewish refugees on Masada in the first century. Simon's tragic story is told in a series of first-person narrations that describe his troubles, hopes, and dreams, alternating with dispatches from Flavius Silva, commander of the Roman legion attempting to breach the fortress. Although this is a vivid tale rich in historical detail, the tone is somewhat stilted and old-fashioned, which could make it a tough sell to the teenagers of today. Nevertheless, performer Josh Hurley's clear voice is a great fit for the brave protagonist, and listeners will find his recreations of Simon's life memorable.
In this eloquent and powerful audiobook, 17-year-old Simon ben Eleazar and 960 Jewish zealots face the advancing Roman Tenth Legion in a battle that will decide the fate of the last Jewish fortress.
©1998 Gloria D. Miklowitz (P)2013 Audible, Inc.