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Publisher's Summary

In the time of the Pharaoh, a tiny infant is rescued from the banks of the Red Sea. She is named Zipporah, "the little bird". Although she is a Cushite by birth, one of the black people of the lands to the south, she is taken in by Jethro, high priest and sage of the Midianites. Jethro adores his adopted daughter, and she is an honored member of his family. But the blackness of Zipporah's skin sets her apart and will decide her future: she will be an outsider, and the men of her adopted tribe will not want her as a wife.

But when she becomes a young woman, Zipporah's destiny changes forever. While drawing water at a well one day, she meets a handsome young man, a stranger. Like her, he is an outsider, a foreigner. His name is Moses. A Hebrew raised in the house of the Pharaoh, Moses is a fugitive, forced to flee his homeland of Egypt after murdering one of the Pharaoh's cruel overseers. Zipporah knows almost immediately that this man will be the husband and partner she never thought she would have.

At first Moses wants nothing more than a peaceful life with the Midianites. But Zipporah refuses to let Moses forget his past or turn away from what she believes to be his true destiny. Although he is the love of her life and the father of her children, Zipporah won't marry Moses until he agrees to return to Egypt to confront Pharaoh and free his people. When God reveals himself to Moses in the burning bush, his words echo Zipporah's, and Moses returns to Egypt with Zipporah by his side.

A woman ahead of her time, Zipporah leaps from the pages of this remarkable novel. Bold, independent, and a true survivor, she is a captivating heroine, and her world of deserts, temples, and ancient wonders is a fitting backdrop to an epic tale.

©2005 Marek Halter; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Halter includes many rich cultural details and plenty of steamy sex, and he strikes a balance on miraculous occurrences, offering plausible ideas for some while leaving others open to divine activity." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Sarah
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • 11-01-08

Surprised and Disappointed

I listened to the sample of this book and thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about Zipporah the wife of Moses. I was surprised to learn that this is not a biblical account of Zipporah's life at all. I was disappointed since I found it in the religion and inspiration category of Audible books.
This author depicts Zipporah as the adopted daughter of Jethro she is a stubborn and controlling woman that gives birth to both of Moses sons outside of marriage without shame. Jethro is a strong and wise leader in the bible but is depicted as a simpleton that drinks too much and allows his daughters too many liberties in him home for that time period. Be warned there are sex scenes which may appear slightly graphic for a Christian read but they are very tastefully depicted. If you like fiction then this is an ok read but if you are looking for a true accounting of Zipporah's life this listener suggest that you stick with the bibles account for now and continue your search for a true accounting of this amazing woman that no doubt had to endure many things being black and the wife of Moses.

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  • Anne
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Terr, Canada
  • 01-06-07

A good listen!

This is one of those books where you're sorry they come to an end! The publisher's description provides a good summary of the story, and I was caught up in the daily life of the time of Moses. Old Testament characters were brought to life, and their humanity evoked empathy (and outrage!) as well as a renewed appreciation for what Moses accomplished. Zipporah is a wonderful protagonist, and Bernadette Dunne does justice to all the characters. I recommend this listen!

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  • Linda
  • Miramar Beach, FL, USA
  • 07-22-06

Fiction

Not at all Biblically accurate. So this was a disappointment. I felt the same way I did when reading a book about King David where it suggested he must have been gay and that Jonathan and he were lovers. Quite absurd! Little is known about Zipporah and I had hoped to learn more about Moses' wife through this one but it is a strange account with a lot of "literary license" used by this author.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Captivating

Would you listen to Zipporah, Wife of Moses again? Why?

I have listened over and over again because from the first line until the end it draws you in and you are saying, "I want some more, it cant end like this."

What did you like best about this story?

How their love and unspoken romance shouted to you but was so brilliantly captivating and sexy raw cut in a time where romance wasn't spoken of but played down.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he discovered who he was by knowing that she was the woman God had given him from the beginning even though he never spoke a word.

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

Yes, and I did more than once. All of her books are amazing.

Any additional comments?

more books from the bible in an epic depiction that brings them to life in vivid color....

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Interesting...

I chose to listen to this book because, like many others, I craved more of The Red Tent. At times, this book is brilliant, but at other times, it's clunky. On the one hand, the author tries to give his female characters real authority and autonomy in the story, but even so, I couldn't really get over the fact that it often feels like this is some European man's bizarre fantasy about living as a black woman.

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Not my favorite of his tellings

Bernadette actually does a better narration of this story I think then the others. But the story itself drags on in ways not absolutely necessary. I feel there is a lot of necessary filler and it could be told more to the point. There are parts of it that don't sync a 100% with the bible, but the bible also does not reveal the details of this marriage, so who can really say if it is accurate or not. Its kind of a hit or miss on if another will enjoy it more or less. it is one of those books and readings that straddles the fence for me on it being good or being one that I should have just stopped listening too. I did find myself not minding if I walked away from the telling for a few minutes here or there so it did not hold my attention as much I I prefer.

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Good read

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes i would because it is a good read and I learned what I wanted about Zipporah herself. Moses was portrayed close to scripture according to his character and beliefs.

What did you like best about this story?

interesting read

What didn’t you like about Bernadette Dunne’s performance?

no variety of voices and was a dry voice over.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

maybe

Any additional comments?

not scriptural reall but a good read