Book-a-holic and now Audi0book-a-holic ! Love alternating between reading and listening to books!
This book captivated me from the very beginning. The author was able to weave the folk tales and the life of a young rug maker in 16th century Iran into a colorfully eloquent book. The narrator added to that experience. At first I had a little difficulty understanding some words, but once I got used to the narrator i thoroughly enjoyed it. Some books are meant to be experienced, and this one was one of them. It managed to transport me to a land, a people, and a time.
I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature
definitely by Shoreh. anything she reads. She is mesmerizing. Anita writes well, but by chapter eight the redundancy became boring. There are ten chapters, so that's not too bad. I think she needed more editing. As an artist I found her comments about carpet colors lacking understanding.
Honestly, I didn't care at that point.
If Shohreh read the phonebook I'd be mesmerized.
Yes, there's potential as it's quite a visual story.
A classic tale set in 17th century Persia, brought to life by a skilled narrator. Shohreh Aghdashloo's silken voice transports you back (on a magic carpet) to colorful bazaars filled with exotic rugs and fragrant spices. Five stars for her performance.
I don't mind getting stuck in traffic...as long as I have an audio book playing.
I could smell the spices of the bazzar, taste the exotic food, hear the voices and songs of the middle east. It awakened memories of my mother reading me the Arabian Nights at bed time. Lovely.
The confrontation between niece and uncle after she forged a letter using his seal. What did she think was going to happen? And her mother, having to face what I am sure was possibly her worst nightmare - living on the streets without her brother-in-law's protection.
Her beautify husky voice and rich accent - it could have been Sheherazade herself telling the stories - weaving her own beautiful carpet.
former nuclear scientist
A wonderful, colorful glimpse into a life both exotic (16th century Persia) and familiar (the young protagonist makes universal-type mistakes). My only quibble is that the narrator, whose gravelly low voice sounds like years of smoking and sex, can't pull off narrating a girl of 14, especially since the narration is supposed to be coming from a reminiscing session less than ten years later. Some of the decisions, stemming from the naivete of an unsophisticated youth, sound more idiotic when described by a clearly older woman. That made it hard sometimes to lose myself in the story, which was otherwise great at evoking images and even smells of another time and place.
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.