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The Harlot by the Side of the Road Audiobook

The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible

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Publisher's Summary

A multitude of Biblical stories have been censored, mistranslated, ignored, and even banned by religious authorities due to their erotic, violent, or mysterious content. In this recording, Jonathan Kirsch recounts some of the most startling and explicit writings from the Old Testament, those that dealt with seduction and revenge, incest and murder, interracial marriage, women's rights, and other explosive subjects. What emerges is a text whose real power lies in its unflinching view of the contradictions of human nature.

Recording (P)1997 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1997 by Jonathan Kirsch

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    Adam Helberg Tustin, CA United States 11-24-04
    Adam Helberg Tustin, CA United States 11-24-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Fascinating stories"

    Kirsch elaborates and dramatizes four stories that involve sexual intrigue and violence bringing these to life. Each story is followed by a brief commentary shedding some insight as to their meaning.

    The stories are: Lot and his daughters, Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar, the gang rape of a Levite's concubine, and the rape of David's daughter Tamar by her half brother.

    It's a very enjoyable audiobook; I only wished it had not been abridged.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Wilson 02-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "And now, the rest of the story ..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Harlot by the Side of the Road the most enjoyable?

    It was a new way to see the implications of stories you probably have skimmed over and never given a second thought to the characters and events surrounding the brief mention in the Bible. I'll bet this is the way the tales were told around the campfire before they were sanitized for publication.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tamar (of the Judah story) - a clever and feisty woman.


    What about Candace Barrett and Raye Birk ’s performance did you like?

    I always like a team or ensemble reading. It gives greater variety and realism to women's and secondary characters' voices.


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

    It's short enough that you can. But this was my biggest disappointment. I would have liked to listen to more. What possibly could have motivated the publisher, Audio Literature, to have made an abridged version? I HATE ABRIDGED VERSIONS.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish/hope that Audible will find an unabridged version. I will upgrade.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne 05-30-14
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    "Quite Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I already knew all the stories and was hoping for some new, perhaps juicy insights. Nope, didn't happen. I also found the narrators to be rather monotonic. Oh well, live and learn.


    What could Jonathan Kirsch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take the title and write an actual novel based on it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The title sounded rather intriguing, but the book was flat.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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