The Testament of Mary

3 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 3 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781442363472. $14.99; digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarMary is a solitary old lady. Her much-loved son grew into a charismatic man who surrounded himself with damaged sycophants and gathered huge crowds wherever he went. Eventually the authorities killed him. Now other men, men with agendas, harass her. While they try to mine her for evidence that her son is a god, she knows that he was a man, not the Christ. First a play, then an award-winning novella and a Broadway production, and available now as an audiobook, this is a highly revisionist look at the woman many Christian churches revere as Mary, (virgin) Mother of Jesus. This is a tired Mary, a not-very-sympathetic Mary, a self-tortured Mary, and, most of all, a totally human Mary.
VERDICT Superbly read, as expected, by the incomparable Meryl Streep, this audiobook is recommended for two groups of individuals, those interested in a personal reexamination of implicit church doctrine and/or those just interested in a good story about a troubled mother's life. ["A moving and thought-provoking take on the life of a religious icon," read the review of the Scribner hc, LJ 9/1/12.]
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