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Laura

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  • Girls of Riyadh: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Rajaa Alsanea
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    In her debut novel, Rajaa Alsanea reveals the social, romantic, and sexual tribulations of four young women from the elite classes of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Originally released in Arabic in 2005, it was immediately banned in Saudi Arabia because of the controversial and inflammatory content, though black-market copies circulated widely.

    Kathy Daniels says: "Fantastic Book"
    "An insight into a closed world."
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the book and learnt a great deal from it. Wonderful travel into the world so different but all the same so close.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Feast of Roses

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Indu Sundaresan
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    Despite the rivalry of the imperial harem, which has plotted against her from the beginning, Mehrunnisa soon becomes the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire. She rules from behind the veil, securing her status by forming a junta of sorts with her father, brother, and stepson and by risking all, even her daughter, to get what she wants. But she never loses the love of the man who has bestowed this power upon her.

    Pamela says: "Gold Medal Finalist"
    "A glimpse into the secret world"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Feast of Roses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rate it very high. A glimps into the world little known for 2 reasons - history of a far away land, and moreover a tale of a woman who lived hidden behind the walls, but still was a co-ruler of a vast empire. Great !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions.

    Kate says: "Informative and Interesting!"
    "Excellent !"
    Overall

    Loads of knowledge, but a piece of good literature as well. Will make you fascinated and may change the view on islam. For all those who want to know more and understand more. Of the past and present.
    I do recommend !

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the Kingdom: My Life In Saudi Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carmen bin Ladin
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (33)

    On September 11, 2001, Carmen bin Ladin heard the news that the Twin Towers had been struck. She instinctively knew that her brother-in-law was involved in these horrifying acts of terrorism, and her heart went out to America. She also knew that her life and the lives of her daughters would never be the same again.

    Richard says: "An inside view of the Saudi women's life"
    "A true insight !"
    Overall

    It seems that the global civilisation merges us into one world. But, in truth, it doesn't and not far away we can meet a civilisation more distant than if it were born on Mars ! Only a bit more influential. An interesting travel into the totally foreign land !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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