Bible Story Retellings on Audiobook

Bible Story Retellings on Audiobook

The Handmaid and the CarpenterFamiliar Bible stories explore themes and characters through talented narrators in audiobooks and digital downloads available at the library from Overdrive, Hoopla and RBdigital.

The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg is a new rendition of the Christmas story in which a young couple, Mary and Joseph, who are planning to be married, only to be confronted by an unexpected pregnancy. For Mary it is a miracle and for Joseph a challenge to his faith in his wife and in God.

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín is a provocative imagining of the later years of the mother of Jesus. Living a solitary existence in Ephesus years after her son’s crucifixion, Mary, voiced by Meryl Streep, struggles with guilt, anger, and feelings that her son is not the son of God and that His sacrifice was not for a worthy cause.

The Preservationist by David Maine tells the story of Noe who has been called by God to build a boat and collect two of every animal on earth to be saved from a coming deluge. The magic comes in subsequent chapters being told from different characters points of view.

Christ the Lord: the Road to Cana by Anne Rice is a fictional account of the life of Christ beginning prior to his baptism in the Jordan River and concluding with the miracle at Cana, as he leaves his everyday life in Nazareth to confront his destiny.

Mary Called Magdalene by Margaret George is a vivid re-creation of Mary Magdalene’s life story. George convincingly captures this renowned woman’s voice as she moves from girlhood to womanhood, becomes part of the circle of disciples, and comes to grips with the divine.

The Prophetess by Jill Eileen Smith tells the story of Deborah, who is called by God to lead his people back to Him. Deborah faces doubt from her family and people, and the menace of the Caananites.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers centers on Angel who was sold into prostitution as an orphan and never believed in love. Then Michael Hosea pursues her, showers her with unconditional love, and marries her. Through his caring, Michael slowly melts Angel’s icy heart.

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks traces the arc of King David’s journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished old age.

Enjoy these audiobooks or to find new titles, visit the Coming Soon List.


Andrea is a Collection Development Manager for Clermont County Public Library.