This is the most amazing book I have listened to to date. The book on its own is a masterpiece of storytelling and prose. And the narrator's voice lends it the final touches. If you haven't already, try A Thousand Splendid Suns. I don't know if I have ever had the pleasure of being enraptured by two great books in two months time. But the two together are amazing.
Although I liked the book, Ms. Aghdashloo has done a disservice both to herself and to Ms. Amirrezvani. It is inexcusable, frustrating, and embarrassing the sheer number of mistakes she makes reading this book. This has nothing to do with her accent (which would otherwise lend a charm to the story telling) but with the mistakes she makes.
If the mistakes where only in English when she reads words phonetically and incorrectly, you could have attributed it to the fact that she does not know the word and its meaning – not being a native speaker. But when she reads basic Farsi words that are written in English script, phonetically with an incorrect pronunciation you realize she is not even paying attention to the story.
She is just reading words off of a page. She must have been clearly distracted when she was recording this book. Shame.
I don’t know how audio books are verified against the original text, but if there was an editor-like person in charge of this audio version he/she should be fired!
All this said, I still recommend this audio-book as the narrative is strong enough to overcome Ms. Aghdashloo's bungling of it.
While I enjoyed the book, I almost gave up on it in the first 1/4 as I could not stand the quality of the reader.
Quite enjoyed this book except, unlike some of the other reviewers, I did not like the voice or the accent of the person that read it. I found it hard to understand her at times and her voice was not easy on the ears. I almost gave up on this book because of it. I'm glad I didn't.
Say something about yourself!
This is a wonderful story about women in Iran. The reader does a magnificent job of telling the story. The Blood of Flowers paints a beautiful picture of what life was like during the period of this story and how complex family life and expectations involved the place of women. Well worth the time to read.
WOW, this was an awesome book, i hope this author writes more. i had this for a long time before trying.
Fantastic, this is a no risk winner far as im concerned
The story itself is both lovely and ugly, and the narrator's voice is just the same.
I'm not exactly sure how to summarize or quantify this book; it's a glimpse into the life of a girl born in 17th century Iran, with all of the small joys and large pains that such a life entails.
It's a story of poverty, betrayal, and redemption, but it's not told in a traditional fairy-tale way, where the redemption equates to marrying a prince and living happily ever after. Bottom line; it's well worth a credit, especially if you have any interest at all Arab culture.