The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín audiobook

The Testament of Mary

By Colm Tóibín
Read by Meryl Streep

Simon & Schuster Audio
3.13 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781442354944

2014 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year, Literary Fiction, and Solo Narration—Female! “Tóibín is at his lyrical best in this beautiful and daring work” (The New York Times Book Review) that portrays Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity—shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel, who are her keepers. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was “worth it”; nor that the “group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,” were holy disciples. Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the cross until her son died—she fled, to save herself), and her judgment of others is equally harsh. This woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Tóibín’s tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Literary Fiction

A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best Solo Narration-Female

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2013 Man Booker Prize Finalist

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2012

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, November 2012

A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Fiction

A November 2012 Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

2014 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year, Literary Fiction, and Solo Narration—Female!

“Tóibín is at his lyrical best in this beautiful and daring work” (The New York Times Book Review) that portrays Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity—shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel, who are her keepers. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was “worth it”; nor that the “group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,” were holy disciples.

Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the cross until her son died—she fled, to save herself), and her judgment of others is equally harsh. This woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Tóibín’s tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A slim, grave, exquisitely emotional book…The Testament of Mary is a spellbinding, surprisingly reverent book.” Entertainment Weekly
“A heartfelt, powerful work.” Wall Street Journal
“Tóibín is at his lyrical best in The Testament of Mary…Originally performed as a one-woman show in Dublin, it takes its power from the surprises of its language, its almost shocking characterization, its austere refusal of consolation.” New York Times Book Review
“Dramatic and poetic…A powerful, devastating story.” Washington Post
“[An] exquisite novella…Tóibín gives a familiar story startling intimacy.” New Yorker
“Mary—silent, obedient, observant—has echoed down two millennia, cementing a potent ideal in the Western imagination. Now the masterful Irish writer Colm Tóibín puts a jackhammer to the cozy, safe, Christmas-card version in The Testament of Mary.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Lovely, understated and powerfully sad, The Testament of Mary finally gives the mother of Jesus a chance to speak. And, given that chance, she throws aside the blue veil of the Madonna to become wholly, gloriously human.” NPR
“A flawless work, touching, moving, and terrifying.” New Statesman (UK)
“With this masterly novella, Tóibín has finally tackled the subject of Christianity—and he has done so with a vengeance.” Sunday Times (UK)
“Tóibín is a wonderful writer: as ever, his lyrical and moving prose is the real miracle.” Observer (UK)
“This novel is the Virgin’s version of the life of Christ. After a lifetime listening to everyone else’s versions of that life, she is angry and frustrated because they are all questionable.” Irish Independent
“There is a profound ache throughout this little character study, a steely determination coupled with an unbearable loss. Although it has some insightful things to say about religion and the period—the descriptions of the Crucifixion are visceral—it has a universal message about the nature of loss.” Scotland on Sunday
“A poignant reimagining of the last days of Christ.” Publishers Weekly
“A stunning interpretation that is as beautiful in its presentation as it is provocative in its intention.” Booklist
“A work suffused with mystery and wonder.” Kirkus Reviews
“An ideal audiobook…Streep has an impressive ability to crest the structurally intricate sentences Tóibín has fashioned, which sometimes have the flowing, rhythmic cadences of certain passages in the Bible itself…Streep’s voice is familiar to generations of moviegoers, but its beauty as an instrument can be appreciated in this context as it often cannot be in films…Tóibín’s exquisite book [is] rendered by Streep with all its detached, quiet, consoling humanity intact.” New York Times Book Review (audio review)
“Between them, author Colm Tóibín and narrator Meryl Streep have created an audio experience worthy of all the popular awards put together. A shortlist finalist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, The Testament of Mary delivers what the title suggests—the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth as remembered by his mother. Told in the first person, this testament is a fearsome thing, not always what his followers, faithfully writing down her words, want to hear. But tell it she does—she, Mary/Meryl. What a role. Gorgeously, fluidly, evocatively written. Scenes of celebration, miracle, terror, pain, and redemption are vividly conjured as Streep transmutes herself into the famous first-century mother…Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Colm Tóibín

Author Bio: Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and poet. His novel The Master won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His other books of fiction have earned similar awards and have been translated into numerous languages. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English