Found this audible book much easier to listen to and stay focused on, compared to others. The voice was fluid, and the readers accent helped place you. Each chapter made you want to hear more and carry you through to the next feeling and scene.
The description of creating the rugs inspired me as I worked on my own tapestry, and not having to take my eye away from my work allowed me to be part of my creation while being part of the rug maker's.
Being in a multi-tasking world, this allows me to do two things I enjoy the most within my limited available time.
I was put off when I first began listening to this because the voice of the narrator sounded a bit raspy, and as a nurse I was disturbed that this women had probably smoked too many cigarettes. I was also put off by the strange names and music (Middle Eastern). Once I committed myself to finishing the book and began to ignore these uneasy feelings I became completely absorbed in the story. This is a story of a woman's survival in a country dominated by men and it is truly inspiring. The story incorporates history and the craft of carpet making which was obviously a very important trade. I enjoyed listening to the short interview by the author and will look for more books by this same author.
I listen to audiobooks mainly while commuting 90 minutes a day and when walking. Sometimes when knitting.
I almost gave up on the book after the first chapter but am glad I stuck with it! The narrator takes some getting used to and the first part of the story is slow but after the heroine moves to the city I got hooked. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the rugs and making them. Also glad the author didn't just tack on a fairy-tale ending but made it realistic.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
A well told story that interweaves a bit of history, folklore, and rug making from start to finish into a young woman's story as she goes from girlhood to fully developed womanhood.
The setting of this book both in time and place make this book unique. And learning more about the lives of woman at this time also kept interest high.
All the characters are well developed and believable. The good are good without being sticky sweet about it. and the bad are just bad enough you believe it but the author doesn't go overboard.
This was a very interesting book and would make a wonderful selection for a womans book club.
I loved listening to the narrator (I recognized her voice from the TV show 24) read this lovely story of life in Iran for a girl in the 1700's. The language of the book illustrated the story with the colors and knots of a Persian rug. The interview with the author was illuminating as well.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
The reader has a lovely voice and pacing that enhanced the storyline. Her accent was a little bit noticeable in the very beginning, but lovely. As the story developed, I soon forgot it and became enthralled to the lives of these characters. I was not ready for the book to end! I would recommend
this book to anyone who loves a beautiful story...it really reminds me a little of the stories of the Arabian Nights. It has the flavor of a fable, but is peopled by characters similar to you and I. Just lovely, I hope you enjoy it as much as I.
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This is a good story, well read, could be anywhere as a repressed person (a woman this time) finds herself and a valuable life. To me it was especilly enjoyable as I had spent 2 months in Isfahan in the early '70s and own a few rugs including a silk one. I especially enjoyed the description of the culture of that country.and the descriptions of the city and the Shas Abbas mosque.
I was thoroughly captivated by this story. The stories within the story were engaging and the narrator was sublime. I only wish it was longer.
Waiting for the author's next. This book is such a nice change of pace from the usual best sellers out there. It's rich in descriptive language, tells the story of another time, the struggles of women alone in a male-dominated culture, and a coming of age in another place and time. There is nothing relatedly modern or contemporary in the situation for us Americans who are so entitled; however, the humanity, feelings and challenges are timeless. It raises much thought as to the realities faced by women in other cultures in our contemporary world, which bind women so much and restrict their freedom. I would read the author's next book immediately and hope she is working on a sequel. The narrator breathes life and mood to this exquisite tale of love and loss. I hope she will do more too; she's a genius. So soft and soothing are her words. The whole package is such a rich treat for the senses. The metaphor of carpet design and creation is beautifully crafted and effective. I very much enjoyed the tactile and visual descriptions of design, color, cotton, wool and silk and handcrafting of a jewel to be admired and enjoyed. Thank you Audible for this production.