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.
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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... :(
I wouldn't recommend this book for the faint of heart. It's hard to continue reading it.
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
She stayed true to the emotions in the characters
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.
Book worm, clumsy, introvert, father, husband, brother and son. Love reading and listening. Christian, advocate and counselor
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.
Probably not. The narrator was monotone and didn't bring much life to the audio portion of the book.
It was real and authentic.
Not on purpose!
No, not at all. The stories were good but 30 mins at a time was enough.
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.
Believable, wonder if that is true
Authors: do not hire Catherine Byers. Worst narrator ever.
This book was interesting – – it definitely offers a perspective on the horrors experienced not only by need of Saudi women, but also by women who have made their lives in Saudi Arabia. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about the story, even more than the brutality depicted, is that there is no hope expressed of any potential social change to come in the future. Changes what the princess, the protagonist, longs for, and yet at the end of the book, it's clear that her life has come full circle – – she starts off as an oppressed daughter with a domineering father and brother, and ends as a woman under the control of her husband and raising a son who will grow into the same old. I understand that social change has not been possible as yet, but it's almost as if the princess his ultimately found no joy in her life and no way to help others less fortunate than she, and we, as readers, I left with no sense of any way in which we might work toward change either. As far as the writing, there is barely a word of dialogue in the entire book, and the sense of the actual setting is vague… Barely any description of sensory detail like color or smell or anything to help us get grounded in Riyadh, The family home, or any of the other cities the princess visits. At the same time, the book is informative to anyone curious about the condition of women in Saudi Arabia from the 50s through the 1980s, The story is strong enough to keep you reading to the end, and it's a great jumping off point for anyone curious to learn more.
Life-long book lover. Generally cop fiction is my favorite but I've been delving into nonfiction a bit and am really enjoying it.
Would definitely listen to this book again. I'm sure I missed something, some strange or terrible detail about how Saudi women are treated.
When she travels with her brother and sees him doing something. I don't want to say, because it's a huge spoiler.
All of them with she and Kareem.
I was enthralled by this book and sorry to finish it. The title and cover picture almost put me off, making me think of a romance novel, but this is not that! It's a fascinating, horrifying, detailed narrative of the life of a Saudi woman (yes, a princess, but they have many). She is economically privileged, but the story is about life as a girl and woman in Saudi Arabia, and her cruel status as a captive and an object. As I read of the cruel punishments experienced by this woman and the women of her country, it became clear that ISIS hasn't come up with anything new. These horrors really do originate in Saudi Arabia. This story and its heroines are heart breaking essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the lives of women living under Wahhabism.
I read this book many years ago and found it just as compelling hearing this compelling story.
Although I found the narration to be extremely robotic. Apart from that, great.
"very good read"
This is a truly shocking account of what these poor woman have to go through on a daily basis, living with men who hide behind their religion and use it as an excuse to exploit all females
Well worth the money truly riveting !!!
"she relite my Falmes of passion for women's rights"
Sasson had always spoke so deeply to my heart as a Muslim woman, knowing of how other muslim women suffered brought great relief and shukar that I was blessed with more then deserving dad and mom. sultana may crossed a line in the eyes of men. yet she did it for us, and for herself and women alike. I greatly thank her for her confidence in us. thankyou sultana
What a brilliant book! the whole world needs to be told what goes on behind closed doors of the house of Saudi!
"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!
"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).
"Interesting story, not so well read."
Interesting insight into Saudi royal life and gender issues.
Narrator's American twang & unexpressive voice sounded like a reporter.
Would have been more appropriate even with a Saudi accent and some feeling.
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