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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,709 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marek Halter Narrator: Kate Burton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Canaan Trilogy Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780739311691
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The first novel in a dazzling new trilogy about the women of the Old Testament by internationally bestselling author Marek Halter.

The story of Sarah--and of history itself--begins in the cradle of civilization: the Sumerian city-state of Ur, a land of desert heat, towering gardens, and immense wealth. The daughter of a powerful lord, Sarah is raised in great luxury, but balks at the arranged marriage her father has planned for her. The groom is handsome and a nobleman, but on their wedding day, Sarah panics and impulsively flees to the vast, empty marshes outside the city walls. There she meets a young man, Abram, a member of a nomadic tribe of outsiders. Drawn to this exotic stranger, Sarah spends the night with him, but reluctantly returns to her father’s house. But on her return, still desperate to avoid another wedding, she drinks a poisonous potion that will make her barren and thus unfit for marriage. 

Many years later, Abram’s people return to Ur, and he discovers that the lost, rebellious girl from the marsh has been transformed into the most splendid and revered woman in Sumeria--the high priestess of the goddess Ishtar. But the memory of their night together has always haunted Sarah, and she gives up her exalted life to join Abram's tribe and follow the one true God, an invisible deity who speaks only to Abram. It is then that her journey truly begins--a journey that holds the key to her remarkable destiny as the mother of nations.

From the great ziggurat of Ishtar and the fertile valleys of Canaan to the bedchamber of the mighty Pharaoh himself, Sarah’s story reveals an ancient world full of beauty, intrigue, and miracles. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarahb. | 2/3/2014

    " great historical fiction--fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/30/2014

    " similar theme to the red tent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/26/2014

    " I thought this was an interesting take on Sarah's story. I learned a few things from it too :) "

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

    " I don't usually choose biblical stories, but this caught my attention on the shelf and was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha Lawson | 1/19/2014

    " another great book - to me it kind of went hand in hand with "the red tent". they're both 'fictional' depictions of bibilical times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni Garcia | 1/15/2014

    " This was a great woman perspective. I was amazed to find out that the author was a man. I really enjoyed Sarah's version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/5/2014

    " This book was good, story of the Old Testament Sarah, although not so much about religion as about her story and struggles. I thought it was a fun and interesting story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila Starrett | 12/20/2013

    " This book is written well with biblical references however, it tries to hard to be "The Red Tent". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/15/2013

    " From what I was told if you liked the red tent which i did, you should like this novel, just started but Ill let you know.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jakki | 12/3/2013

    " Great liberties taken to write this fictional story about Abraham and Sarah of the Bible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/30/2013

    " interesting but not great- certainly a more familiar figure than other two in this trilogy/quick read all three are too much fiction for me "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorna | 11/28/2013

    " This is my book club pick for October. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 11/6/2013

    " Reading this series because my mom lent them to me. Wish I could say more about it other than 'light summer read.' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elly | 8/25/2013

    " Slow at first, but keep with it. This is a beautifully written story of a real woman with a wonderful husband. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Holbrook | 7/7/2013

    " I loved the story and found it a fun and interesting read. I would recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie | 2/24/2013

    " I really loved reading this book. I got lost in the pages, and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JoAnn | 9/22/2012

    " In an attempt to bring Abraham and Sarah "down to earth" the author paints Sarah as faithless and Abraham as crazy. Was not worth the time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/13/2012

    " Really good story. My grandmother's name is Sarah. I really enjoyed finding out more about this biblical character and her husband Abraham. What a great love story. This novel reminded me of the importance of patience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 arkia wynn | 11/11/2011

    " It made me really sad after reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/14/2011

    " very much in the same vein as the red tent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petra | 6/10/2011

    " This story is from the ancient world of Sarah and Abraham. It was fascinating to read about the role of women in Sarah's life time and the role she played in Abraham's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/16/2011

    " A unique perspective on the life of Sarah/Sarai, wife of Abraham/Abram during biblical times. This was quite an enjoyable read, although quite divergent and inaccurate when compared to other texts depicting this individual and time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 4/23/2011

    " The relationship between Sarai and Abram started out beautifully and led me to abhor it. I know the story is based "loosely" on Abraham in the bible but I really ended up frustrated at the end. The liberties the writer took with this story took it to a place of loathing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/7/2011

    " Had to keep telling myself this was a ficticious story of Sarah, Abraham's wife. I enjoyed the history and life of women in that time. Also, the love story made it enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 1/26/2011

    " Great story, I enjoyed all 3 off Marek Halter's book,Sarah, Ziporah and Lila) as it gave me some insight of how life was back during the times of Abraham and Moses "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 1/25/2011

    " Lit & Latte, February 2011.

    Read this a couple of years ago. I remember liking it.
    It will be nice to discuss it with my book club... see if
    I remember it as well as I think I do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ikia | 1/12/2011

    " It made me really sad after reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/10/2011

    " A fictional work that makes me wonder how much of the story could be true... A fast read, but reader beware... a lot of sexuality in this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 10/17/2010

    " The first book in the Canon triology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katelyn | 10/9/2010

    " It was good! It had amazing imagery and it was beautifully written! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 10/7/2010

    " I enjoyed the read. But as historical fiction, I felt that Marek strayed quite a bit from what we know about Sarah and Abraham in the Bible. Also, it seemed unrealistic that Sarah could escape the marrying the man chosen by her her father. "

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About the Author
Author Marek HalterMarek Halter was born in Poland in 1936. During World War II, his family escaped the Warsaw ghetto and eventually settled in France. He is the author of several critically acclaimed, bestselling novels. Lilah is the final installment in the sweeping, bestselling Canaan trilogy, which also includes Sarah and Zipporah, Wife of Moses.
About the Narrator

Kate Burton is best known for her work on Broadway (Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man, The Constant Wife, Spring Awakening) and television (Grey’s Anatomy, Empire Falls). Her films include Big Trouble in Little China, The Ice Storm, Unfaithful, and Remember Me. She can also be heard on the audiobooks Port Mortuary and The Scarpetta Factor.