The Dovekeepers: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2011
19 hours 1 minute
An ambitious and mesmerizing novel from the bestselling author of Rules of Magic. The Dovekeepers is “striking….Hoffman grounds her expansive, intricately woven, and deepest new novel in biblical history, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose” (Entertainment Weekly).

Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power.

The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.
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Laurie K.

I felt like I was in a time machine gone back to ancient times as if I was there. One of the best novels I've ever read. Definitely on my top 10. Unforgettable.

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Chris C

I had visited Masada earlier this year and the dovecotes caught my attention. A friend recommended the book. I highly recommend!

I can respect this book as being well written and fantastically researched, but it just wasn't my thing. Heavy on the repetition and slow-paced. Would be well-suited for someone who loves historical fiction.

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