Sorry, I was bored stiff just trying to get past all those birthings in the first part of the book that I just quit reading. Maybe there is something more later on but I just don't care to hear all the stuff of who gave birth to this and who gave birth to that...and about all the sex stuff....keep it to yourself it doesn't make good reading or listening. I for one would like to hear drama that isn't about body parts or body noises. Give me the human behaviors and the interactions that go on between people that are love, hate, jealousy, illusions, mistakes etc and make a good story about those types of incidents. Listening to hours of who gave birth to what and how their labor was just didn't appeal to me.
Maybe I'll go back someday and listen again but I'm looking for something else to read.
This is one of my favorite books. I enjoyed it for the information and story it provided. The narrator did an excellent job and the author wove a truly interesting and fantastic story. Wish she would write more in similar style.
Don't even bother with this one. If anything could be farther off base it would be hard to find. The descriptions of masterbation and bestiality are only the begining. Not only does it incorrectly follow the original story, the author meanders around quite awhile without ever achieving a point.
Historically very inaccurate, and discusting. There could have been so much more potential for this story. Don't waste your time or money on this one. Total waste of time, could not even finish it.
Story is supposed to be from a woman's point of view. Well I'm a woman and I've never viewed men quite the way the author presents woman, or the men. Historically and Biblically this one is really bad.
It was nice to be able to hear the names of these biblical characters and places rather than having to figure out the pronunciation on my own.
This book is a fictional memoir of Dinah, daughter of Jacob. I wouldn't really call it Biblical, other than it refers to people from her family and uses some of the events described in the Bible as a framework for weaving the story. Beyond that, it is simply a beautifully-told story about a woman growing up in an ancient civilization, with all the different superstitions, religions, and gender role expectations you would expect from that time period. The Red Tent is the refuge the women escape to during their menses. It symbolizes sisterhood, tradition, and rest. She tells stories about growing up with four mothers (Jacob's four wives) and about entering womanhood. She tells about her experiences as a midwife, and as a wife and mother herself. Many of her anecdotes are humorous and ring true today (eg, Having to stop what you're doing every few minutes to feed yet another hungry son, or finding subtle ways to suggest a task to your husband without coming right out and telling him to do so.) She gives vivid descriptions of her experiences, which span the spectrum of love, laughter, pain, grief, and horror. There are some parts which are heart-wrenching, and I admit I shed a few tears, but mainly it's just a touching novel focused on women's relationships with each other and their men in an ancient and rapidly-changing world.
For parents: This book discusses many mature topics in a frank and often explicit way: menstruation, masturbation, sex, rape, giving birth, circumcision, ancient womanhood rites, bestiality. A parent should probably review this book before handing it to a younger teenager. Some people also found this book to be sacrilegious. Personally, I wasn't bothered by the liberties taken by the author because it was clearly fiction, but those with strong Biblical beliefs might find it upsetting.
For the Audible recording:
One of the reasons I chose to listen to this book rather than read it was because I wasn't sure I could pronounce all the foreign names in this book. I still don't know if the narrator pronounced the names correctly, but when I looked them up in my paper copy they seemed reasonable. I would be curious to know if other listeners found the pronunciations acceptable. I found the narrator's voice quite pleasant and an appropriate fit for Dinah's.
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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.