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Sarah: Women of Genesis | [Orson Scott Card]

Sarah: Women of Genesis

Best-selling author Orson Scott Card tells the story of a unique woman, one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful. Sarah takes on vivid reality as a woman desirable to kings, a devoted wife, and a faithful follower of the God of Abraham, chosen to experience an incomparable miracle.
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Publisher's Summary

Sarai was a child of 10 years when she first met Abram. He appeared before her in her father's house, filthy from the desert, tired, and thirsty. But as the dirt of travel was washed from his body, the sight of him filled her heart. And when Abram promised Sarai to return in 10 years to take her for his wife, her fate was sealed.

Abram kept his promise, and Sarai kept hers. They were wed and so began a lifetime together of both great joy and great peril for, with the blessing of their God who bestows on them new names, a great nation would be built around the core of their love.

Best-selling author Orson Scott Card tells the story of a unique woman, one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful. Sarah takes on vivid reality as a woman desirable to kings, a devoted wife, and a faithful follower of the God of Abraham, chosen to experience an incomparable miracle.

©2000 Orson Scott Card; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"What Card does best: exploring human motives and relationships....This playfully speculative novel succeeds in bringing Sarah's oft overlooked character into vivid relief." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Nathan Bayfield, CO, United States 11-26-07
    Nathan Bayfield, CO, United States 11-26-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Slow"

    Wow, this is a slowly paced book and an even slower read narriation. I found myself putting my ipod playback speed on 'faster' to try to make it bearable. If I had it to buy again, I would pass.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Wood Village, OR, United States 08-23-06
    Derek Wood Village, OR, United States 08-23-06 Member Since 2003
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    "A slow read"

    Sarah is an interesting story but is far from what I have come to expect from Orson Scott Card.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 09-13-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Stories from the bible are very ridgid"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Gabrielle de Cuir?

    Not any biblical books. He took the story of Sarah the matriarch of the Hebrew nation and turned it into a sweet fairy tail. If you want to read a more truthful account (even though they are still all fiction) Read "Sarah" by Marek Halter. It is much closer to biblical accounts as to what actually happened during this time. I am familiar with Old and New Testament and Mr Card who is a wonderful writer of SiFi just tried to make this into a more Christian tale. It doesn't work,


    Would you recommend Sarah: Women of Genesis to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. First it is a poor account of the matriarch, 2 it was made to sound to much like a Christian story, 3 many of the thing that happened he cleaned up and made it fit his story line. Sarah was not given to Abraham by her father, Abraham came and had to take her from the city. Many facts were just wrong. That really bothered me. I am an Atheist, however as I said I have studied the text of both Old and New Testament. (which I believe are both great works of fiction) none the less you can't change what happened unless you're making a completely different story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was passionless, just like the story it's self. This is a story about a man and a woman who started a nation. Not a teenage fling.


    Did Sarah: Women of Genesis inspire you to do anything?

    Glad I read the other "Sarah" first by Marek Halter. (A world of difference in story line and narration; Bernadette Dune. Much more passion and emotion about the beliefs and how they came upon them


    Any additional comments?

    Abraham didn't believe for sure in the one God until after he and Sarah marry and are many years in turmoil. Mr. Card makes you believe that Abraham brought the one god to Sarah before they married. NOT. Many facts are wrong. and Mr. Card really pushes the Christian edge to this story. Mr Card is a Mormon so his writing will reflect that. I feel badly that the author of "The End Game" was a real disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Horrible Read!"

    Very disappointed in this book coming from Orson Scott Card. He missed a great opportunity to have this epic story told from Sarah's point of view come alive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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