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The Red Tent Audiobook
The Red Tent
Written by: 
Anita Diamant
Narrated by: 
Carol Bilger
The Red Tent Audiobook

The Red Tent

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Publisher's Summary

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible her life is only hinted at during a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons in the Book of Genesis.

Told through Dinah's eloquent voice, this sweeping novel reveals the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. Dinah's tale begins with the story of her mothers: Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah, the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that are to sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land.

Dinah speaks of the world of the red tent, the place where women were sequestered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and illness; of her initiation into the religious and sexual practices of her tribe; of Jacob's courtship with his four wives; of the mystery and wonder of caravans, farmers, shepherds, and slaves; of love and death in the city of Shechem; and of her half-brother Joseph's rise in Egypt.

Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

Don't miss Anita Diamant at the 92nd Street Y.

©1997 by Anita Diamant; (P)2000 by Audio Renaissance, An Imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winner, Adult Fiction, 2001

"The oldest story of all could never seem more original, or more true." (James Carroll, author of An American Requiem)
"Carol Bilger narrates with a warmth and melodiousness that echo the rhythm of the musical interludes that separate chapters." (AudioFile)

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    Rachel 09-06-13
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    "Loved this book!"

    A great story about relationships between women and families.
    Very well told and the narrator was easy to listen to.

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    Cathleen United States 05-21-13
    Cathleen United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful book, poor production"
    Where does The Red Tent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really loved the story and the unique historical perspective.


    What other book might you compare The Red Tent to and why?

    In the Shadow of the Ark by Anne Provoost because of the idea of taking a biblical story, and researching the actual historical perspective of that story by telling a fictional tale based on it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The music in the background was TERRIBLE. It very often did not fit the mood of the scene it was placed behind, and was often loud and distracting.


    If you could rename The Red Tent, what would you call it?

    Dinah the Midwife


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian milton, DE, United States 03-14-13
    Brian milton, DE, United States 03-14-13
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    "Again, I fell for the high ratings."

    My own personal taste in narrators found Ms. Bilger to be like a commercial for elocution. Just slightly annoying. The story was entertaining but did not live up to what I expected from all the glowing reviews.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    June Kupper San Diego, CA 03-04-13
    June Kupper San Diego, CA 03-04-13 Member Since 2016

    Old lady listener

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    "EXCELLENT"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Red Tent to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. Never read the print edition.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but didn't


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to find more like this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-12-13
    Rena Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bland"
    What would have made The Red Tent better?

    The narrator was awful. She did not have good infliction for her voices and did not bring any type of life to the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anita Diamant again?

    Maybe


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Carol Bilger?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was so bored I couldn't find anything good about it. Even though I listened intently and tried to find something.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lara Fairfax, Va, United States 11-30-12
    Lara Fairfax, Va, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A little slow, but worth the listen"
    What did you love best about The Red Tent?

    It was a great story, pulling parts from the Old Testament without being a "religious" book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part when she met her husband and they fell in love


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MaryAnn 08-13-12
    MaryAnn 08-13-12
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    "Fascinating"

    This story takes you back into biblical times, based on the story of Joseph, but with focus on the role of women in that era. It was fascinating to read of the day to day tasks of women in those times. I felt the emotions of the women, their laughter, their heartbreak, their anger, their love. A beautiful story, very well read by the narrator as well.

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    Olga BROOKLINE, MA, United States 07-26-12
    Olga BROOKLINE, MA, United States 07-26-12
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    "Corrupted file?"
    Any additional comments?

    I heard very good reviews about this book. Unfortunatelly, my purchased file is brocken. It plays for 2 seconds and stops. I redownloaded this file few times and repurchased it, but it did not help. I am using iphone4 and audible app. I even tried to reload aduble application. No luck.
    Any suggestions? It's my first time using audible and I am really dissapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Bernardston, MA, United States 06-27-12
    Kim Bernardston, MA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2015

    Always looking for something new to to explore in life. Over 50, artistic, quilting is a passion. A long drive and a good book are the best

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    "great woman's historical novel"
    Would you listen to The Red Tent again? Why?

    No, I almost never listen to the same book twice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    at the fathers passing when the mother/daughter bond came full circle.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like history from a woman's point of view this is a GREAT book telling raw tales that only women share with each other.

    There are a LOT of characters in this book and it does get confusing keeping track of everyone.

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    nidlanee 05-01-12
    nidlanee 05-01-12
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    "Wonderful but a bit risque and gory at times"
    What did you love best about The Red Tent?

    This was a lovely story about female culture in the BC era. I really enjoyed the beauty of the red tent and it's significance. I also appreciated the authors research into the Old Testament and anthropological studies.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I appreciated Dina the most - as she was the main character and I felt connected to her on her journey.


    Have you listened to any of Carol Bilger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no - I haven't listened to her before. She was wonderfully vibrant in her story telling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    nope - I listen on my long drives commuting to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt that it was a wonderful book, but different from what others had prepped me for. Be aware that there are some dark and sad moments in this story as well as several allusions to and descriptions of sex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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