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Princess Audiobook

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

Princess describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country. Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: 13-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age; young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room". Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage.
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Princess describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country.

Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: 13-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age; young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room". Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage, and you will never forget her or her Muslim sisters.

A New York Times best-seller, Princess was named one of the 500 Great Books by Women Since 1300. It was also an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Reader's Digest Selection.

©2004 The Sasson Corporation (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Rastein 03-13-13
    Rastein 03-13-13 Member Since 2014

    Filmmaker and artist in Los Angeles.

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    "Wow..."

    Such a powerful book. To hear a full story of this princess' experience just brings you in and really makes you feel for her. I hope something can be done for women in Saudi Arabia... :(

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Friedman Dallas, TX United States 07-25-14
    Jay Friedman Dallas, TX United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story but..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Princess to be better than the print version?

    Probably not. The narrator was monotone and didn't bring much life to the audio portion of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was real and authentic.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Catherine Byers?

    Not on purpose!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not at all. The stories were good but 30 mins at a time was enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Soltana, the princess in this story was one of thousands of princesses in Saudi. In the end, she didn't accomplish anything or do anything historic or even memorable such that reading about her specifically is exciting. She just happens to be one of 21,000 members of the royal Saudi family and talks about the (undoubtedly scary) every day life of a woman in Saudi.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremiah Houston 04-22-15
    Jeremiah Houston 04-22-15 Member Since 2014

    Book worm, clumsy, introvert, father, husband, brother and son. Love reading and listening. Christian, advocate and counselor

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    "Below expectations"

    Maybe I missed it, but I did not get to hear what became of her. I have some issue of veracity about some of the things said because I have some knowledge of Saudi Arabia and Islamic traditions. Example, the author said that women cannot enter the mosque to pray, that is not correct. Every mosque has a partition in the back for women to pray at the same time as men. At home, women will pray behind the men.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marina Smith 05-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!!"

    Very enjoyable and great narrator. Highly recommended. Can't wait to start the next book in the series.

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    sebastian 05-03-16
    sebastian 05-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I couldn't stop listening!"

    very interesting and enlightening. I was amazed at the horrific tortures of some of the Saudi women.

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    Amazon Customer Irvine, CA 04-04-16
    Amazon Customer Irvine, CA 04-04-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Sobering Plight of Saudi women"

    Very interesting life story. Sobering account of the terrible plight of women in Saudi Arabia.

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    Dawn Weisberg 11-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "eye opening glimpse into a foreign world"

    It's terrifying to hear about Sultana's life. It is so foreign that it feels almost unfathomable that women in the modern world still suffer such inequality and oppression. The reading was a bit dry.

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    Joyce Baldassarre BROOKHAVEN, PA USA 10-25-15
    Joyce Baldassarre BROOKHAVEN, PA USA 10-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    Where does Princess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What a great insight into the world of Saudi women. This book is right up there with my favorites.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The stoning of a rape victim was horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    Saudi men should be ashamed of themselves for treating women the way they do. The forget that WOMEN brought them into this world.

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    Kalina Abrol 09-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Most terrifying story ever told"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't recommend this book for the faint of heart. It's hard to continue reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the fact that she took the time to write down and record the truth. It's hard to put everything in words


    What about Catherine Byers’s performance did you like?

    She stayed true to the emotions in the characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry and lose sleep over it. I can't believe that this still happens across the world. It's terrifying to know this let alone go through it. I still don't understand why other countries are not interfering with this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Lawton, OK, United States 07-22-15
    Lori Lawton, OK, United States 07-22-15 Member Since 2012

    teacher & book lover

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    "Interesting and Enlightening"
    Any additional comments?

    While I do not consider this a fun read, I do consider it an enlightening one. It opened my eyes to the plight of women in the Middle East. It also made me very, very grateful to have been born an American. I definitely found this a worthwhile, if not pleasurable, read.

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  • Mrs. E. Arman
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    What a brilliant book! the whole world needs to be told what goes on behind closed doors of the house of Saudi!

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    "I love this series! A real eye opener!"

    If you have ever wanted to know about women under the veil in Saudi Arabia, then read this. The story is not just about the rich but also the middle class and the poor. The history is fasinating and the stories compelling!

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  • Swetha Pathikonda
    9/3/15
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    "Did not hear anything that I hadn't expected."

    Loved the spirited nature of the protagonist. having hailed from a relatively less patriarchal country, I could relate to some circumstances (not all).

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  • MissMouse
    5/31/15
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    "Interesting story, not so well read."
    What did you like best about Princess? What did you like least?

    Interesting insight into Saudi royal life and gender issues.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator's American twang & unexpressive voice sounded like a reporter.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Would have been more appropriate even with a Saudi accent and some feeling.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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