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.
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"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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"Entertaining, interesting and though provoking"
I have been a fan of Orson Scott Card since I first stumbled upon Enders Game a couple of years ago. I think his characters are both interesting and thought provoking. Sarah is no different, though maybe even better.
My whole family listened to the book while driving on summer vacation. The kids did not want to get out of the car sometimes. Card has done a tremendous job of presenting an entertaining fictional story, while maintaining accuracy with biblical and other historical records. This is definitely a work of fiction but what an enjoyable way to gain some insight to the life of a biblical figure. We enjoyed going back to look at the biblical account to compare what parts of the story where created by the author and which had a basis in the bible. Card has done a very good job of being true to the biblical account while adding such rich detail (from his own imagination of course) that these ancient people come to life. We had many interesting family conversations about what life was like thousands of years ago and how these seemingly super-human people from the bible did what the bible says they did.
We can hardly wait for the other books in this series to be release on audio. We will listen to them as a family also.
"Mostly for Christians"
This is a well researched book. It is enjoyable to have the familiar story fleshed out like this. But this is not a book for those looking for a fast paced story. It also has a clear Judeo Christian bias, which is the author's perogative but may not sit well with every one. Muslims would probably not appreciate how Hagar is depicted.Sarah's virtues border on the deific although we do get to be the witness to her internal struggles as she tries to live a life surrendered to God's will. I found it inspirational if a little unrealistic.As always I appreciate how Scott Card portrays the seedier sides of life with some discretion.
I suppose that any one who has read the book of Genesis would be familiar with this story. It is good to have that background before listening, but I believe this novel/historical or allegorical biography will enhance your appreciation of the story of Abraham from the book of Genesis. Mr. Card did an outstanding job of taking the character of Sarah and portraying both her faith and estrangment from God in a human way. She was indeed a human and she had human flaws, but as the Good Book say she was faithful and was rewarded as such. This was a good book.
This is my first book by the author and it literally left me wanting more. I have heard and read the story of Sarah and Abraham many times, however rendition left me with a deeper understanding of what it must have been like for Sarah...even if it was fictious. Because I find myself barron as well I complete understood how it can consume someones every thought and how even though you have faith...you may still have doubt but in the very depht of your heart still hope for the impossible. And inspite of all that still be known by name by GOD himself. Orson's portrayal of Sarah made her human to me and still presented her with the virtue of a Godly woman.
"Good Book, But a Bit Too Introspective"
I liked imagining the many well-known scenes in the life of Abraham and Sarah in more depth. The story is well written, but it is a bit overly dramatic emotionally for my taste. The narrator gets a little breathy and is too slow of a reader. My wife enjoyed it a little more than I did.
Orson proves again that he can take almost any idea and turn breath life into it. The book was so capturing that even my mother couldn’t take her earphones off (and she has the attention span of a gold fish (sorry mum)). I connected to Sarah and her story and it has been engraved in my heart as only a great story told well can be.
"Just could not stop listening!"
I loved this book. My husband gave it to me for Christmas and I just could not stop listening.
"Not Card's Sci-fi, but good none the less."
I enjoyed the narration and the twists on an Old Testament story I have hear a hundred times. Knowing the outcome didn't hinder the storyline for me. It was interesting to get Card's take on the motives and thoughts of the people in the story.
At times is made my heart hurt to hear the thoughts of people who were so hurt or and others who were so ignorant.
"Interesting and personal"
Self reflection. This brings a biblical story that already had meaning to me, and personalizes it. It allowed me to dive deeper into the characters that I've grown up learning about.
When Sarah picks apart and sees through the deception which results in a coup against Pharoh.
Great read, and I recommend it to anyone. Religous or not.
Brought the story to life. Well told! I really enjoyed this book. But the narrator was just too slow and a little too dramatic. So I listened to it at 1.5X speed - problem solved.
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