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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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    Chad 01-23-15
    Chad 01-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    I read this when it first came out around age 25..... now at 41, it was even better and more meaningful and I loved it the first time!!

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    Mrs. Shelley D. Mendias NJ 01-22-15

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    When lifetime presented the adaption of the book on tv, my sister wondered why I didn't read it when every one else did. I couldn't answer. I am glad that I waited and heard it and not read It. I vividly visioned the story even more hearing it than reading

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    Angie Mattson Stegall 01-17-15
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    "Slow to start, grabbed in the middle"

    A friend recommended this book. It was ponderous in the beginning; so many people and names to keep straight. Once I started listening and could keep the characters straight, I was hooked!

    The reader also did a great job!

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    C. A. Hartman 01-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Weak performance"

    I read this book years ago and loved it. With the release of the mini series, I wanted to re-read it, so I listened this time. The reader's voice is pleasant enough, but I've been spoiled by more recent readings of books by fabulous voice actors. This reader killed the experience for me by reminding me of a middle school teacher.


    It's a good read, though, and a good listen if you don't like the new trend of voice acting.

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    lorie parker 01-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Lupus, Lupy belly dance teacher and photographer gal...in love with Midieavel novels...

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    "Beautiful story"

    Sometimes hard to follow through the river of names, but once you remember them you become part of her life as you read.

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    Heather Baldwinsville, NY, United States 01-01-15
    Heather Baldwinsville, NY, United States 01-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't wait to hear the next chapter"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are a woman please read this. It's a wonderful story about strength, connection, and survival. She will make you forge better relationships. You'll laugh and cry.

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    Inga 12-10-14
    Inga 12-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't work for me"
    What would have made The Red Tent better?

    I don't get it. I have no criticism of it on Biblical grounds, I just didn't engage with any of the characters and found the storytelling style very dull.


    What didn’t you like about Carol Bilger’s performance?

    I would not ordinarily bother to write a critical review, but the audio performance was the last straw. Words are regularly mispronounced. I'm not talking about the Biblical names, I think you can grant some license there. I'm talking about English words that she doesn't know how to pronounce, and didn't bother to look up, and no one helped her. Like "unguent." It also becomes clear that she sometimes doesn't understand what she's reading. She'll modulate her voice so it sounds like she's adding emphasis and nuance, but it becomes laughable when this artifice highlights the fact that she doesn't understanding what she just read. Rather than correct these misreadings and taking another shot at the sentence, they're all just left in. I'm half way through the book, and I'm giving up.


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    Rachel 09-06-13
    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


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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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