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sahar

Seattle, Washington, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Hooman Majd
    • Narrated By Hooman Majd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (69)

    The grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, journalist Hooman Majd is uniquely qualified to explain contemporary Iran's complex and misunderstood culture to Western listeners. The Ayatollah Begs to Differ provides an intimate look at a paradoxical country that is both deeply religious and highly cosmopolitan, authoritarian yet informed by a history of democratic and reformist traditions.

    Ryan says: "An informative tour, with some biases"
    "Great observations, weak recommendations"
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    I liked how honest and level headed author was. Although you recognize his bias
    towards certain waves of Iranian opposition, his frank and very personal thoughts and emotions shared throughout the book does not imply a clear agenda. Which is exactly the weakness of khatami's supporters. Good liberal minded, peaceful people who write good novels but not a plan for a real effective change.
    As a young woman who has recently left Iran, I cansay that the book gives a fairly true and accurate image of Iran these days under ahmedinegad. I like the emphasis of the author on "hagh"= the right of the people. Very clever observation and definitely a huge part of knowing Iranians.

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17395)
    Performance
    (14465)
    Story
    (15082)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Rolling my eyes half the time!"
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    Yes, rolling my eyes at 10% of the listen repeating Grey and Ana's email signatures, inner goddess doing some pose, and one exquisite feeling after another. This book tired me and the female character was not as intelligent as her GPA would suggest. Her naïveté at not guessing a lot of upcoming events and Grey's implications was annoying. " what? Another first?? He hasn't been in iHop with a woman before? Oh my!!!" very annoying. all the repetition gave me headaches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Carroll
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (15)
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    (15)

    In James Carroll's provocative reading of the deep past, the Bible's brutality responded to the violence that threatened Jerusalem from the start. Centuries later, the mounting European fixation on a heavenly Jerusalem sparked both anti-Semitism and racist colonial contempt. The holy wars of the Knights Templar burned apocalyptic mayhem into the Western mind. Carroll's brilliant and original leap is to show how, as Christopher Columbus carried his own Jerusalem-centric worldview to the West, America too was powerfully shaped by the dream of the City on a Hill....

    History says: "Good book, provocative"
    "Eye Opening"
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    I grew up in Iran, where the conflict in middle east was always the first headline of the news. With my country's faith being tied to this everlasting war, I always wanted to read more about it, but never came across a book that would answer my questions. This book starts way back in the history where this story had started. With his sermon like tone, James Carrol charms you through all corners of history, giving you a very deep understanding of religious roots of our historical/modern actions. I got to know characters of my religion from a different view. This book doesn't suggest a diplomatic solution for the conflict, it does however clarify that secular solutions can not be effective for such a deep religiously complex situation we have in middle east and Jerusalem.

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