- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Julie Coffey
- Audible.com Release Date: December 5, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H40L206
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Hetaera: Daughter of the Gods Audiobook – Unabridged
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Hetaera is well written and Coffey does an excellent job giving the reader a sense of what it must have been like to have been a girl / woman in a time and place where women were not afforded much respect in society. As we all know, the Ancient Mediterranean region was, for females, a world of sex (without much sexual freedom), violence (in which society cared little), and very limited vocational choices (at least from our perspective today).
Coffey's talent lies in crafting for the reader a first person perspective on this gender history and in writing a story that finds a way out (a way to be free) that remains within the realm of gender possibility.
Dori is an heroic character, but not of the Disney type. This is due to Dori's relationship with the sex trade. I don't wish to say too much about this, because this aspect of the story is one that is better discovered along the way (as Dori must have found her way) rather than being known all at once. It is worth the time.
JA Coffrey puts Doricha through some seriously hard times! At moments, I felt like Doricha was pretty hard-hearted in her feelings towards the other characters, particularly men. But she redeems herself and I came to see why. Throughout the story, the writer keeps the tension up so that you're always wanting to find out what happens next. Enjoyable!
Coffey paints flawless portraits of lost innocence, merciless slavery, shrewd politics, clever business sense, and intriguing philosophy all with the same deft brush. She captures the motives, trials and triumphs of those living in that period in Ancient Greece and Egypt with such skill that you believe you are there. I loved philosophical sparring with Aesop, dancing in the gardens in Greece, and pining for true love among the ladies of the Egyptian court.
Dori's pain and anguish are just as alive and real as her buoyant nature, though. Coffey builds her character's core around this pain, making her as rich and complex as the detailed setting. By reflecting what it is like to live in a life driven soley by passion with no unconditional love, Coffey sews hope into the fabric of her character. Though devastated and lost after leaving her parents and her homeland, Dori learns to exert her own hard-won freedoms. With sharpness of mind, courage, and heart, she wins her own internal war for love and acceptance.
I will admit for the first few pages, I had a hard time engaging. The location, the family, the traditions, did not seem real to me. The story moved so quickly, through long periods of time in the space of a few pages, I sometimes had to backtrack to make sure I was keeping up.
BUT, and this is BIG, I fell under the spell of this girl, whose feelings really do rival those of the young girls of today.....
Where do I fit? Where do I belong? What is my real value? Just because I was born a female, how much do I need to listen to a man simply because he was born a male? These questions are eternal, and help make this story real for me.
The imagery in this story is phenomenal. The mistakes a girl makes in trying to judge whether a man loves her sings just as true today as it did in this story.
I am READY for the sequel! The way the story ended, the natural progression is already set up, ready to go. Come on, Ms. Coffey! We're waiting!