Woman of God

  • by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by Therese Plummer
  • 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

St. Peter's Square, Rome.
White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen.
Is it possible that the new Pope...is a woman?
The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in history. It's a turning point that may change the church forever. Some followers are ecstatic that the movement reinvigorating the church is about to reach the Vatican, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies who aren't afraid to kill for their cause.
Faith has never come easy for Brigid Fitzgerald. From her difficult childhood with drug-addled parents to her career as a doctor healing the wounded in Sudan to a series of trials that test her beliefs at every turn, Brigid's convictions and callings have made her the target of all those who fear that the church has lost its way - dangerous adversaries who abhor challenges to tradition. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine everything she believes in, Brigid must convert her enemies to her cause before she loses her faith...and her life.
Spanning the globe - from the drug dens, high-powered law firms, and churches of Boston to the horrific brutality of a civil war in the Sudanese desert to the beauty, violence, and spiritual enlightenment of the Holy Land - Woman of God is an epic, thrilling tale of perseverance, love, trust, and nothing less than what it means to live in a fallen world.

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"A high-concept pitch, a potboiler on the page, and a protagonist to cheer for..." (Kirkus)

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Excellent reader!

This is one of the best female readers I have heard – her inflection and intonation was perfect for each character. About the novel: if readers expect a theological masterpiece, this is not it – it is an entertaining novel. The characters become heroes by simply doing the next right thing… and I appreciated the characters imperfections and doubts. It has been said, "The opposite of faith is not doubt. The opposite of faith is certainty. " These characters had very little certainty about life, but continued to return to a simple dependence on God. I like the direction Patterson and many other authors seem to be heading toward developing characters with morality, maturity, innocence, faith, and simplicity.
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- S. Thurman "JanScott"

MAUDLIN, WHINY, PRATTLE

This is quite possibly the worst work to date from James Patterson. I have to admit, I started reading his books when I was a teen and was completely enthralled with his colorful style of writing, the in depth character portrayals and wild story lines.

In recent years there has been a great departure from the things that made me love his work the most. This book has pushed me closer to the edge. I will probably read the next Alex Cross book and stick to that series only.

I found Woman of God to be the most annoying, nerve grating read ever. The main character is not likeable at all. She is supposed to come across as this selfless good Samaritan who is disenfranchised by the horrors of the world but instead I found her annoying, impossibly infantile and a downright a hole. I didn't finish this. The last lines I listened to were "I'm turning my back on God and there is nothing he can do to pay me back or win me over again." Now this was followed by a 5 min pontification of how God had betrayed her, crossed her and there was nothing He could ever do to win her forgiveness. Yes, that's an actual line from this book.

Now when you add this unbelievable, impossibly bratty writing with the narrators annoying whiny voice, it all culminates in a cluster storm of over the top DRAMA. Not the good kind. I am annoyed with the narrator, the characters and most of all James Patterson. This would have been better left in the recesses of his mind.
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- Natasha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio