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  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
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    (102)
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    (23)
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    (23)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    Jeanie says: "Truly a literary work"
    "A great story, but check version you get"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Splendid Suns the most enjoyable?

    The story itself, the language that is beautiful but straightforward enough for listening even for only occasional listeners like myself


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Thousand Splendid Suns?

    So many dramatic moments right from the beginning. Without giving away later parts, surely Mariam's relationship with her father is pretty heart-wrenching.


    What about Atossa Leoni’s performance did you like?

    Clear, easy to listen to, pleasant voice fitting the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Thousand Splendid Suns and why?

    Mariam, I guess obviously, but other characters too. Unfortunately her husband seemed realistic. (In the news right now, marriage of an 8-year-old to 40-year-old in Yemen and reportedly the girl dies from bleeding...still being checked by authorities.)


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure to get the version you want, abridged or unabridged. I thought I had bought the unabridged version and only learned at the end that it was the abridged. My fault, and Audible handled it well, but now that I've already listened to the abridged, not sure I'll go back to listen again. (I had already read the whole book a few years ago.)

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