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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Gabrielle de Cuir Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Women of Genesis Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455182169
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Sarai was a child of ten years when she first met Abram. He appeared before her in her father’s house, filthy from the desert, tired and thirsty. But as the dirt of travel was washed from his body, the sight of him filled her heart. And when Abram promised Sarai to return in ten years to take her for his wife, her fate was sealed.

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.

Bestselling author Orson Scott Card uses his fertile imagination and uncanny insight into human nature to tell the story of a unique woman—one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful in an era when women had little power. Sarah, child of the desert, wife of Abraham, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “As a man writing from a woman’s perspective, Card nevertheless shows great perspicacity.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Card’s research for the book results in detailed descriptions that help make it memorable.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Gabrielle de Cuir weaves beauty into the story, giving Sarah a strong personality and voicing her personal doubts.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/12/2014

    " All right, So I need to take some thoughts back. Before, I have been known to not like using sacred characters in fiction. I like this book. I need to admit, isn' that step one?... Mr. Card has used very good references. I truly hope that this would bring someone to actually read the scriptural stories the book was based on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed the whole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 2/8/2014

    " I love this Women of Genesis series! Thanks, T! It felt authentic and I thought it was well-researched culturally and scriptorally. It provided more of a LDS Christian perspective. I liked Scott-Card's explanations or possible motives people might have had in navigating through the more confusing elements of this record in the Bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ily | 2/6/2014

    " I loved this book. I especially liked being able to envision the setting of this scriptural account. I had never really thought about what a nomadic life might have been like. It was a great story to have fleshed out into a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amberlee Bixler | 2/4/2014

    " Card's a great story teller, and this, more than most of his other works, proves it. He literally takes a story that has been told and retold and makes it seem new and fresh. The characters are flawed, fabulous and fully robust; the story flows in a way that makes the reader want to flow with the story. Great rhythm, well-written, and an interesting conversation-starter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 2/4/2014

    " Loved this book. It was wonderfully written and gave great insight into the life of this amazing woman. I know it is fiction, but I loved how Card explored Sarah's different relationships and life experiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa T | 1/31/2014

    " I enjoyed it, and it made me want to go back to Genesis. However, I read the next two and was annoyed at how similar the characters were in every one. All of the females are a beautiful, strong character who somehow comes up with a reason to learn to read. I know, I know--education is the key! But I think given the time period that it was a little over the top. I would suggest reading just one and you might not end up annoyed with it like I did. In memory of my first reading I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 1 after reading Rebekah and Rachel and Leah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emy | 1/30/2014

    " Wow! Orson Scott Card has an amazing imagination. He filled in a lot of blanks in the scriptural accounts with his own ideas but it is amazing how he tried to reconstruct everything. The accounts of Abraham and Sarah's time in Egypt and Abraham and Hagar and Ishmael.....interesting to think of how hard that must have been for everybody involved. This was really good. Take it with a grain of salt though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Hansen | 1/20/2014

    " I chose this book because I have a daughter named Sarah and thought it would be good to understand the woman who first bore her name. I loved the book and am glad that we chose that name for our daughter. I am so impressed with Card's ability to write a book from a female perspective and be genuine. Other books by male authors with a female main characters haven't seemed as authentic to me as this book did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alia | 1/19/2014

    " This was a good book about Sarah and Abraham from the book of Genesis. I liked it a lot but I think the next 2 books in the series (Rebekah and Rachel and Leah) are much better. I still give it 4 stars though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting and perhaps the story went something like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ather Malm | 1/9/2014

    " Have read this one twice - so good. You really get to know Sarah and what she went through as the wife of Abraham "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/31/2013

    " I sure like the way Orson Scott Card makes his characters believeable instead of putting them on a pedestal of perfection like we so often do when talking about Father Abraham. I bought the entire series I liked these so much. I'll definitely read them again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzie | 12/7/2013

    " Loved that this gave me a clearer perspective into life at this time. This was a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 12/4/2013

    " I don't know how he does it. This IS a woman's voice, fresh and real despite the thousands of years since her story began. Couldn't put it down, and I'm excited to share it with the book group! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryaspencergmail.com | 9/20/2013

    " Nicely do I really like the last chapter. was a really not one I would normal pick up, but was in book group so I read it and liked it.It did not get five because I could put it down. "

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

    " Although fiction, this book made the old testament come alive for me. I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 9/2/2013

    " It was nice to learn more about the customs and history of that time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade Lovgren | 8/22/2013

    " Excellent book! I learned so much about the characters and the author seemed to really make them come to life. I've since read about Abraham and Sarai in other books including the OT. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hawkgrrrl | 4/6/2013

    " I liked Sarah probably the best of the Women of Genesis series. It makes her fairly believable and accessible. Some characterizations feel a little anachronistic, but that's kinda the point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keira | 10/12/2012

    " It took awhile for me to get into this book. But once I got into the fourth chapter I couldn't put it down. Ready to read the rest in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 6/19/2012

    " I enjoyed this book very much. I love the stories of strong women from the bible. Though I know that this is a work of fiction based on the character of Sarah, as well as Abraham and others, Orson Scott Card did a nice job of writing an interesting and compelling narrative. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Eckert | 4/17/2012

    " While reading this book, I felt there was something wrong about or with it, but I wasn't quite sure what it was. Then I read the afterword (in the book on Rachel) or about the author or something and found out Orson is a Mormon (I think). He should stick to writing about space. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/16/2012

    " I have read a lot of Orson Scott Card's---fantasy and science fiction. So I am surprised to say, I absolutely love his ability to take a person from the bible and create a realistic view of their life. I recommend all of the books he has done on women of the bible. Each one is great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald Curtis | 9/7/2011

    " For a fantasy and science fiction writer, Card really did a great job of making this Bible account come to life. I realize that Biblical fiction has to fill in many gaps. Nevertheless, even though fiction, this novel helped me to appreciate the Biblical narration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crysi Ludlow | 9/2/2011

    " What a fun perspective this book gives of a life often told about but seldom appreciated. Definitely one I recommend. The last paragraph I LOVED and want to be part of my memoirs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 7/12/2011

    " loved it, but it uis fiction and the author did take a lot of liberties. i guess he had to because there is so little to work with from the book of genesis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geri | 6/8/2011

    " Another favorite! Captivating look at biblical events throught the eyes of women. Really makes you think it just might have all happened the way the author tells it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bla | 5/21/2011

    " OSC storytelling and character development really work for biblical historical fiction with his penchant for internal moral struggles. "

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

    " Mormon fiction is not my favorite. They always seem so cheesy to me. I could not relate to these women at all. I'm starting to think I must be really strange! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AnnaMarie | 5/2/2011

    " Card's characters live and breath. I'm hooked by the first page, I haven't yet read a rough beginning by him. The fact that he has written so many good books just blows me away. This book was wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/22/2011

    " Really Enjoyed this book as well. I've read Card's trilogy of the Genesis series, and really appreciate the time and work he put forth to make these women so real. Really enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Twyla | 3/20/2011

    " One of my favorite books I ever read.
    It was an interesting read and view on the life of one of the most mentioned females in the Old Testament.
    I need to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 3/5/2011

    " A fresh, new reading of the Sarah story. Card is so very good & he's done a fine job with this familiar story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 3/4/2011

    " I honestly loved this book. It took a few chapters to get into it, but I truly enjoyed the way Card gave life to Sarah's story. I highly recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 2/18/2011

    " Card took many liberties with the story since there are so few provable facts. I liked the way he put me in Sarah's time and mourned when I no longer had that connection to the time. I'm glad I don't live in that period, but I love reading about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisha | 2/15/2011

    " I totally loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed seeing life from Sarahs eyes!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/29/2011

    " I enjoyed this book very much. I love the stories of strong women from the bible. Though I know that this is a work of fiction based on the character of Sarah, as well as Abraham and others, Orson Scott Card did a nice job of writing an interesting and compelling narrative. "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.

About the Narrator

Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narration, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.