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Rachel & Leah

By: Orson Scott Card
Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
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In this third volume of his Women of Genesis series, Orson Scott Card paints a vivid picture of the intertwined lives of four celebrated women. We meet Leah, the oldest daughter of Laban, whose "tender eyes" prevent her from fully participating in the daily work of her nomadic family, and Rachel, the spoiled younger daughter, the petted and privileged beauty of the family - or so it seems to Leah. There is also Bilhah, an orphan who is not quite a slave but not really a family member, and Zilpah, who knows only how to use her beauty to manipulate men as she strives to secure for herself something better than the servitude into which she has been born.

Into the desert camp comes Jacob, a handsome and charismatic kinsman destined to be Rachel's husband. But that doesn't prevent the other women from vying for his attention.

Tracing their lives from childhood to maturity, Card shows how these women change each other - and are changed again by the holy books that Jacob brings with him. Ambition, jealousy, fear, and love motivate them as they vie for the attention of Jacob, heir to the spiritual birthright of Abraham and Isaac.

©2004 Orson Scott Card (P)2007, 2016 Audio Literature, Phoenix Books

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fantastic book

it is a very good interpretation of life back then... it made me realize the hardships and limitation is the day. how back then good was truly in the center of all things. we just think we are in control ..

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Well Done

Love hearing from OSC at the end. Fabulous way to perceive the characters and story. I believe Leah, Rachel and Jacob would agree.

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Excellent and engaging

loved every minute of it. thought provoking. can't wait to listen to the other books in the Women of Genesis series.

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love the women in Genisis series Wish hed finish

this is my 3rd time threw this series in 20 yrs sooo love the characters wish hed finish the series .. hes a good good sci fi author but no ones does historical biblical fiction as well.. how bout it Orson Scott Card ... im waiting ...

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Wonderful characters

I really enjoyed this book as the author developed each of the people with rich subtext. I loved the way he expanded the bits we know from scripture to paint the life events and motivations behind the key people’s actions. I especially loved the benevolent take on Laben’s decision to send Leah instead of Rachel to marry Jacob first as I had always a bad taste in my mouth for him in the past from scripture. Of course who knows their real motivations…
I also really enjoyed watching how the Word of God transformed Leah.

If there is one thing I got a little riesig in this book and in Sarah which I listened to before this, it’s how certain characters so annoyingly make themselves into victims. I guess their are real people like that- but I have little patience for them!

All in all- wonderful book. I plan to get the next two- hope they are available as audio books.

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  • 08-20-16

Excellent book and very well read.

Orson Scott card is a writer across more than one genre. He blends here great characters with theological arguments that are easy to follow and not in the least tedious. The story itself is well worth following. Excellent to read.

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Very well done

A very dramatic, emotional story and performance as can only be fitting for such a dramatic biblical narrative. Adds a lot of colour to how that family might have become what it did, and challenges the obvious conclusions we all draw when reading the bare facts in the Bible. The most expressive and feeling narration I’ve ever listened to, easily the best performance I’ve yet heard - well done Emily.