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I think this book takes a bible story and with a healthy dose of "artistic license" turns it into a smutty, low-class, soft porn mess.
I found myself constantly replaying sections of this book. I'd replay,and again find myself not having heard a word read. Why? Was it the reader or the book? Example: A special song is mentioned 3 times in this book. The reader NARRATES it 3 times, rather than putting the words to a tune. Well, maybe the song wasn't so special after all, and the author was just filling in space? Who cares? Another thing.. I wondered throughout the book what a woman's being "on the bricks" meant during a baby's delivery. I guess it was supposed to be important. If the author did explain, then I'd blocked the reader's voice out, and missed it. Or did the author just assume this info was known? Did I already say ugh? I wish that "Audible" offered its listeners 1 (just 1) redeemable credit per year, so I wouldn't feel like I've totally wasted a valuable credit. I'd use it here.
Anita Diamant depicted a very historically interesting story in the life and times of Dinah, but from a story point of view, the character and her life were too idyllic. Life was tough in the desert but Dinah's problems always came quickly and were wrapped up neatly. There was a lot of today's attitude wrapped up in the women of The Red Tent. The narrator was very sing-song, some people may enjoy it, but it contributed to my attitude towards the book.
This was an intresting yarn. However, it seems to have little respect for men, historical or even Biblical accuracy. Whether you belive a work to be fiction or fact is your business. However, an author has the obligation to not misrepresnt another's written work and to portray opinion as opinion, even in fiction. It seems to me a pity that a potentially good tale was ruined by such scorn, disdain, and disrespect. That's my opinion, and it may be a bit old fashioned, but then, since when does respect for others ever go "out of style"? I would not recomend this author to anyone, much less the tale.
If there were negative stars, I would mark that. This doesn't even deserve one star...If you grew up reading the scriptures and counting them as sacred along with the account of the historical characters, you will find this book an abomination. She literally takes the real characters and makes up what she wants about them with no historical facts. You will soon find yourself listening to sacrilege when you hear her describe men who are descendents of David and the Messiah masturbate or continually have sexual relations with sheep and goats. If anyone is familiar with scripture, you will also realize that she doesn't even come close to any truth in her book.
I find it appalling that people can take actual historical characters and make up a story that is far from what actually happened. This woudn't be so upsetting if she had written about fictional characters. Because she has taken Holy scripture and historical accounts and warped and mutilated the message, in my opinion, she is guilty of treason against God.
The narrator also has a voice that is hard to listen to..very monotone.
I tried to like the Red Tent. I really tried. But I just couldn't. I'm a religious person and read the Bible and I could accept the fact that this was fiction and not worry that what was in it was not Biblically correct or did not coincide w/ my beliefs, etc. But there just wasn't much to it. The stories of everyday life during this time period just were not very interesting to me.
It's certainly not the worst book I've ever listened to but I try really hard to finish books - feel guilty if I don't. But I guess I'll never know the end of this one.
If you want to hear great Bible stories you should instead purchase Hurlbut's Story of the Bible (currently rated 5 stars). I stopped listening to The Red Tent becautse of the idol worship, witchcraft, beastiality, etc that i just couldn't stomach any longer.