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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (678 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elissa Elliott Narrator: Sandra Burr, Tanya Eby Sirois Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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In their world they are alone...a family haunted by banishment, struggling for survival in a harsh new land. A woman who has borne and buried children, Eve sees danger shadowing those she loves, while her husband drifts further and further from the man he was in the Garden, blinded by his need to rebuild a life outside of Eden. One daughter, alluring, self-absorbed Naava, turns away from their beliefs. Another, crippled, ever-faithful Aya, harbors a fateful secret, while brothers Cain and Abel become adversaries, and Dara, the youngest, is chosen for a fate of her own.

In one hot, violent summer, by the shores of the muddy Euphrates, strangers arrive on their land. New gods challenge their own. And for Eve, a time of reckoning is at hand. The woman who once tasted the forbidden fruit of paradise sees her family unraveling - as brother turns on brother, culminating in a confrontation that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.

From a woman's first awakening to a mother's innermost hopes and fears, from moments of exquisite tenderness to a climax of shocking violence, Eve takes us on a breathtaking journey of the imagination. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rukmini | 2/16/2014

    " I was very excited when I first came across this book and read the description on the book jacket because it reminded me of two of my favorite books - The Red Tent and The Poisonwood Bible. Unfortunately, this book didn't measure up to either of those two. Like The Red Tent, Eve is an attempt to fictionalize events that happened thousands of years ago (the birth of Adam and Eve, the temptation in the Garden of Eden and their subsequent expulsion, and their difficult life on Earth). Like The Poisonwood Bible, the story is told from the perspective of women - Eve and her daughters, including a crippled daughter called Aya (like Adah of Poisonwood's Price family). What bothered me most was how so many of the characters, with very few exceptions, were so vindictive, vengeful, and self-absorbed - it was hard to like them. The writing style was okay - a bit repetitive at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Latisha Guthrie | 2/9/2014

    " What a delicious tale we all know but have never heard before. The women, the landscape, the morality. A must read for sure. I'll be back for a better review when I have a bit more time. In the meantime, if you've been on the fence about it -- get off, get the book and start digging in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/6/2014

    " This was an interesting book to read because Mormons have a different perspective on the Fall and the Garden and Adam and Eve. Obviously, the author had to create a world for them to live in, and she does stay true to the Biblical account of Adam and Eve; however, she adds in other people...a whole city of people. She explains her reasoning for this at the end of the book, and I can see where she is coming from as an author. I do like the use of four narrators in the book: Even and her three daughters. They tell the story of the Creation, the Garden, the Fall, and the year before Cain kills Abel. Definitely an interesting perspective on Adam and Eve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Black | 2/2/2014

    " Beautiful book ... I truly enjoyed reading it & learning so much more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wen | 1/26/2014

    " This book was very good. At first it seemed a little disjointed so did take a couple chapters for me to get the swing of the way it was written. It is written from Eves view as well as from the views of her daughters. At first it went back and forth a bit but the differing views caught up to each other as it progressed. Elliott took this old story and gave it a fresh look giving some aspects of the original story some plausable reasons as to why they occured as they did. Very well done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/25/2014

    " This was an interesting take on Adam and Eve and their fall from grace and how they survived it. It was slow reading and just didn't grab my attention that well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 1/18/2014

    " It was well written and intriguing but I didn't like what the author implied about Adam and Eve in this book with other civilizations thriving at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 12/9/2013

    " I enjoyed reading about Eve, it was such a real presentation of what she might be like, what events may have transpired and how that shaped her as a woman, mother and wife. Elissa did a lot of research and has much of it summarized on her website, which I found very interesting. Excellent read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyaaf | 12/5/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed reading about "the first family" from the women's point of view. Made the mistake of reading the afterword, and now I want to read all the books Elliott cited! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/11/2013

    " The story of the bible has probably never been told through Eve's point of view so the idea intrigued me. Eloquently written with all the feeling emotions, trials and tribulations of a woman told through Eve. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trulie | 8/9/2013

    " This is like...the Young and the Sumerian. The prose is lovely, the plot is a soap opera. It started off slow and there are a number of POVs to get through before you start feeling like you know the characters and sympathizing with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Gordon | 7/21/2013

    " This was a great read! I was enthralled by the story of Eve, Adam and their family after they left the Garden of Eden. Although it's set at "the beginning", the trials and family dynamics could easily apply to the present. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warephreak | 5/3/2012

    " Interesting read while I wouldn't say it is accurate it still provokes thought about what worship and prayer should mean / be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 5/10/2011

    " Very different kind of book for me. It is not written by an LDS author and being LDS myself, it was a different point of view for me. Very well written. If you keep in mind that it is a fictional novel based on real historical people, then it is an interesting story to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 3/29/2011

    " As a lover of historical fiction, I enjoyed this very much. I am waiting for this author's next book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassidy | 12/12/2010

    " Got to meet the author as part of a book club meeting. Very nice read... the author really knows her stuff and put tons of thought into the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kori | 9/27/2010

    " A very unique perspective on the classic tale of Adam and Eve, which depicts just how difficult life would have been for them both. It was very imaginative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 aggie94_amy | 9/7/2010

    " I really liked this book and the perspective it gave of Adam and Eve. A look at their lives from that period in history and potentially what life might have been like for innocents outside the Garden. Made me think a lot about my views of both their relationship with God and original innocence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 8/16/2010

    " I was skeptical about this book at first, but in the end I actually liked it a lot. It is not only fictitious biblical history but also ancient Mesopotamian history, which the author thoroughly researched for this novel. I found it very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 7/16/2010

    " I enjoyed reading about Eve, it was such a real presentation of what she might be like, what events may have transpired and how that shaped her as a woman, mother and wife. Elissa did a lot of research and has much of it summarized on her website, which I found very interesting. Excellent read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/12/2010

    " Not compelling but an interesting read. We will discuss it at our book club tomorrow. Tries to "get inside" of Eve's head. Did she harbor guilt feelings for eating the forbidden fruit? What was her relationship to Cain and Abel? Fiction but mostly plausible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 3/28/2010

    " I loved this book !I emailed the author to tell her how much I loved it and got a reply within 15 minutes . what a surprise !I never expected to hear from her . I will be reading everything she writes if it is as good as the first one. "

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