The Dovekeepers

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alice Hoffman
Narrator: Tovah Feldshuh , Aya Cash
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: October 2011
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
Tell Your Friends:


Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman's most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel.

The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune's Daughter, and Oprah's Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet--one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

In 70 C.D., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic historical event, Hoffman weaves a spellbinding tale of four extraordinary, bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom comes to Masada by a different path. Yael's mother died in childbirth, and her father never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker's wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her twin grandsons, rendered mute by their own witness. Aziza is a warrior's daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman, who finds passion with another soldier. Shirah is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege, as the Romans draw near. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets--about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

Reviews (7)

Written by Laurie K. on May 31st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I felt like I was in a time machine gone back to ancient times as if I was there. One of the best novels I've ever read. Definitely on my top 10. Unforgettable.


Written by Chris C on May 2nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I had visited Masada earlier this year and the dovecotes caught my attention. A friend recommended the book. I highly recommend!


Written by Anonymous from Iuka, MS on February 24th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

You will not be disappointed! Stay with it till the end!

Couldn't stop listening

Written by Anonymous on March 30th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Wow! I was hooked through both sets. A must read!!

The Dove Keepers

Written by Anonymous on December 10th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

excellent book. I enjoyed the story line and the reading.

Written by M K on September 30th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I can respect this book as being well written and fantastically researched, but it just wasn't my thing. Heavy on the repetition and slow-paced. Would be well-suited for someone who loves historical fiction.


Written by workwhilelistening on June 7th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book is greatly enhanced by the narrators and the simple fact that this is a story that is best told by story tellers. Interesting. 'Page turner'. completely enjoyable.

Author Details

Author Details

Hoffman, Alice

Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of nearly twenty acclaimed novels beloved by teens and adults, including Aquamarine and Practical Magic, both made into major motion pictures, as well as The Foretelling, Green Angel, The Ice Queen, and Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection). She has also written the highly praised story collections Local Girls and Blackbird House. The author lives outside of Boston.