Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

Version: Unabridged
Author: Anne Rice
Narrator: Josh Heine
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction, Christianity
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: November 2005
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Incomparable in its boldness and daring, this is the book that Anne Rice was born to write: a novel about the formative years of the greatest immortal of all, a visceral rendering of part of the greatest story ever told. Evoking this crucial time in the life of Christ, based on the Gospels and her intense research into the period, Anne Rice vividly recreates these years of drama, confusion, and enlightenment. The story opens when the boy is seven, in cosmopolitan Alexandria where the family fled just before Herod's massacre of the innocents - and where they have prospered as carpenters. Word comes that Herod is dead, and the family takes ship back to Israel, a land colonised by Rome, fought over by Jews and Arabs, in a time of insurrection and confusion after the death of a tyrant king. (With its powerful and heavy-handed Roman occupying force trying to keep order, amid bandit insurgents, disorder and anarchy, there are uncanny parallels with the present day...) It's an astonishing child's eye view - part innocent, part knowing - of Jewish life in these turbulent years of occupation, and the boy's growing awareness, first of his extraordinary powers (he can kill a rival boy with a look, or he can make it snow with a wish), the whispered mysteries surrounding his birth and finally of the untold tragedy that his coming visited on the children of others...Full of biblical references and informed by the history of Judaism, from the Flight to Egypt to the return to Nazareth, from the Fall of the Temple in Jerusalem to its rebuilding...one of the unexpectedly original aspects of the story lies in the unmistakable Jewishness of the boy as he grows to manhood, steeped in the laws, rituals and traditions of his people. As he grows, he begins to discuss and dispute with the Elders in the temple, and to ask questions that cannot be answered. At the end he is, at 13, on the brink of manhood, torn between the pain of enlightenment and reconciliation with God and his future, foreshadowed here in his Passover visit to the Great Temple of Jerusalem...In a totally unexpected way, this is the culmination of what Anne Rice started with "Interview with the Vampire" - taking a supernatural story, about life, death, good and evil, resurrection and immortality, beyond the wildest probabilities and making it so real and palpable, so imbued with detail, that the narrator and hero, who are one and the same, come fully alive for the reader.

Reviews (14)

Christ the Lord, Out of Egypt

Written by Marylou from Newport Beach, CA on May 17th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I agree with Tom, I found it difficult to get into. It was very unlike Rice's typical spell-binding novels. I am disappointed.

Wonderful!

Written by Lori on September 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Breathtaking! I would highly recommend this book! She sure surprised me! I read all her vampire books, then to come across this. I hope she does more books like this having to do with the bible.

Did not like it

Written by Tom on June 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I listened to the first 5 or 6 chapters. I found it difficult to get into. It was very unlike Rice's typical spell-spinding novels.

Christ The Lord: Out Of Egypt

Written by Christopher McCaffrey on April 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Anne Rice has written a remarkable book that took me into the world of Jesus as a child. Through Ms. Rice's extensive research, I learned a great deal about ancient Alexandria, Jerusalem and Nazareth. Her Afterword which explains why she wrote this book, and how she researched this book, was also very illuminating.

Christ the Lord Out of Egypt

Written by Anonymous on January 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Interesting book with unique insights (guesses) into what the early life of Jesus may have been like. The book's main problem is the pace, which is ok early on and then begins to drag. The dialogue becomes a bit repetitive and boring at times. However, I still enjoyed the book,but was a bit disappointed by it.

vampires, please

Written by Raven on June 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

For years, I was a great Anne Rice fan. I read every one of the Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches books and recommended her to friends. I don't, however, understand what happened to Anne Rice. Even with the Chronicles (and other departures such as Violin), she had lost her touch ... almost as if her success had gotten the better of her and she was churning the books out. Her writing became long, drawn out & repetitive, and one had to search for the story. I decided to give this book a try. What I found was a book that was aimless and boring. When my interest would pique, Rice would go into one of her pointless soliloquies (such as Joseph telling a Bible story verbatim)that did nothing to move the plot, altho' the character of young Jesus had great potential. I couldn't even bring myself to listen to the 2nd half of the book. Perhaps Rice is out of her element, and should return to her witches and vampire tales ... the way she used to tell stories.

Christ the Lord

Written by Lore Hiney on May 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have read all of Anne Rice's books and this follows her detail for historic accuracy and intimate character development. Very difficult subject to write about and she does it as only she can and still respect the subject matter. Her ability and integrity in this book shine. This is a subject dear to her heart and the development of her character is intiguing and thought provoking. Points of interest are how she dealt with Jesus discovering who he was and how people close to him dealt with him. I honestly never gave it much thought, but her character study, if you will, brought a new demention to my prespective. Loved reader as well. Yes it was show at some points, but well worth it in the end.

Christ the Lord Out of Egypt

Written by Cindy P from New Hampton, IA on March 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Outstanding! A departure from Ms. Rice's usual subjects, but done with the same attention to detail. She paints a believable picture with words of everyday life during the early childhood of Christ. The dialog between characters flows naturally, and even though it is a work of fiction, I believe it gave me a greater feel for the time and culture that Jesus was born into. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

Written by Barbara Necastro on January 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Great history, but the book seemed to me to end abruptly.

Christ the Lord Out of Egypt

Written by Taos B&B lady on December 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is my first Anne Rice book, so I can't compare her writing here to her previous books. The thing that caught my imagination was the quality of her research and the idea of what Jesus thought and felt as a child. This very human approach to the Christ was interesting and not the usual Sunday school stuff. This seems to be the first book in a series, and I look forward to hearing the others as well.

Author Details

Author Details

Rice, Anne

Born Howard Allen O'Brien on October 4, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Named after her father, Anne changed her first name in 1947 on her first day of school. She studied at Texas Women's University (1959Ð60), San Francisco State College (1964 BA; 1971 MA), and at the University of California, Berkeley (1969Ð70). After a variety of jobs, including waitress, cook, and insurance claims examiner, she began her career as a writer of erotica and vampire novels.

Rice gained a vast cult readership for her supernatural novels. Her first, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976. The book was the first in her popular Vampire Chronicles series, which includes 1985's The Vampire Lestat and 1988's The Queen of the Damned. Interview with the Vampire was made into a film in 1996 starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Rice was also known for her sadomasochistic erotica, including Beauty's Punishment (1984). Later novels include Servant of the Bones (1996) and Vittorio the Vampire (1999). She also writes mainstream fiction using the pen name of Anne Rampling.

Much to the chagrin of her fans, Rice renounced her vampire novels after her return to the Catholic faith in 1998. It was then that she published Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, her first novel in a trilogy chronicling the life of Jesus. She has since left New Orleans to live in Southern California in an effort to escape her fame as a novelist and live a simpler life.

Rice was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Their daughter, Michele, was born in 1966 and died of leukemia in 1972 at the age of five. Their son, Christopher, was born in 1978 and is a novelist.