The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin is a highly emotional and moving re-imagining of the last days of Christ through his mother’s eyes. This fictional tale is well told and imagined and portrays Mary to the reader as much more human than the virginal image we have of her. I listened to the audiobook of The Testament of Mary and it’s read by the amazing Meryl Streep whom I adore and she brings a beauty to this book like none other. She has one of the most beautiful voices and it fit so well with this story.
Mary is old now and living out her life in the town of Ephesus where disciples of Jesus still care for her by bringing her food and making sure she is ok. However their view of the last days of her son and hers are very different and this story has her remembering the events as she saw and experienced them.
Mary doesn’t believe her son was the son of God and nor does she feel his death was worth the suffering he went through. Mostly she feels regret for not staying with her son as he died and instead fleeing for her own life and also for not speaking up for him although it wouldn’t have helped. In Meryl Streep’s emotional telling of this tale I felt I could feel Mary’s pain, sadness, and regret in her telling of her son’s crucifixion and how she felt afterwards.
The Testament of Mary is almost poetic in ways and is narrated in much the same way by Meryl Streep. I found this audiobook to be very emotional for me as it relates the crucifixion through Mary’s eyes. Ultimately it is a very good audiobook and I can see myself listening to it again as it is fairly short at a little over three hours. For those who enjoy biblical fiction I think The Testament of Mary is one you shouldn’t miss and the audio is superb with Meryl Streep narrating it. The Testament of Mary is a beautifully written book that will haunt your thoughts long after you’ve turned the last page.
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.