I enjoyed following her transformation from a bratty/stubborn fool to a girl who was humbled by poverty in a big city. However, for the majority of the book she is extremely silly. The ending was rushed so it seems as if her success was by luck and things fell into place too easily.
Also, the choice of vocabulary made the scenes ordinary and the sex trashy. I get that you want to empower a young girl with the realization that her body can take "pleasures" in sex. But your over usage of such words, made the story sound like a gas station book.
Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.
I work in a Persian culture and enjoyed listening to this book and seeing what is still very much the same in today's Persian culture and what is not. I liked the description of the homes, bath houses, food and bazaar—so much is still the same today! I could have done without the graphic sex scenes, as it stopped me from recommending it to some of the Persian women I work with. The narrator did an excellent job.
Anita Amirrezvani creates an incredibly original story, and Shohreh Aghdashloo is enchanting. You will be enthralled!
Probably. I've never read the book but I absolutely LOVED the narrators voice.
I thought the culture itself: the food they ate, the customs in marriage and the relationships between the families were the most interesting. There is an order to many things they did and how they did them. I liked hearing about the different social "rules" they all seemed to live by.
She has the most rich and beautiful voice. I wish she would read everything else I've purchased! It felt as if she WAS the girl in the book, speaking from a long time in the future. I loved listening to her voice. She added much to this book.
I think when the main character resorted to begging and eventually agreeing to sell herself for an hour for some meat to save her starving Mom....that was moving. I was able to imagine myself in her situation and think about what I would do. It helped me understand how really many things that are done, whether we believe they are wrong or right, are justified and how one comes to be in a bad situation.
I really loved this book! I thought there was too much detail in the many sexual scenes but the author's voice made them seem more explanatory than graphic.
This is a beautifully written and superbly narrated story that will capture the mind and imagination of anyone interested in the history of women.
The performance is excellent, it put me in the setting. The plot intertwined stories, the craft of Persian rug making, and a woman's struggle to become her own entity in a more challenging place and time. So good!
Her voice evokes the setting and mood perfectly.
It would have to be the lead, I would want to listen about rug making and tell her how times and resulting freedoms for women have changed and are continuing to change.
The setting (Persia in the 15th Century) and its descriptions were vivid and rich. The many traditional (I assume) Persian folk tales sprinkled throughout the story were enjoyable too. The plot, though engaging, was not as rich as the descriptions, but the heroine and other characters were well developed, and the feminist twist was nice.
What distracted and annoyed me were the number of things that were "like roses"--lips, cheeks, nipples, clothing, rugs--or had to do with rose petals--water, sharbet, a sex scene. Hey, we GET IT ALREADY, OKAY?-- was over the top. And although Shoreh Agdashloo is a terrific actress and emotes well, her tobacco-damaged voice sounds to me like rough sandpaper against brick. It got in the way of my enjoyment.
And I did really enjoy the book, because I am a historical fiction sap. It's an easy way for me to learn about the past, about other cultures and customs (assuming the book is well-researched and fact-checked).
I would recommend this to people who don't know anything about Persia, not to people looking for a great read. As a summer read, absolutely!
Someone else reading it would have been better.
Incredible story with rich descriptions and characterizations. Shohreh Aghdashloo is an incredible narrator with a deep voice that added to the richness of the experience. I was transported to a different world and time.
Listening to the purest heart of a woman figuring out how to survive her fate is timeless.
Say something about yourself!
The narrator couldn't have been better. She was able to give me the feeling of being right there. The story was also enlightening and also made me feel like I was living in that time.
When they were all living in poverty and the heroine was able to bring them out of it with her skills and determination not to be beaten down.
The softness with which she read the book. She seemed to immerse herself into the performance.
I would take the heroine to be able to talk to her about the admiration I have for her.
The book was outstanding and helped me to understand the culture and religion of the times.