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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rastein 03-13-13
    Rastein 03-13-13 Member Since 2014
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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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    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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Glad I live in America"
    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.


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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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    R Diamond 07-02-15
    R Diamond 07-02-15
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    "A moving and interesting story of one woman's life"

    I found the story of princess whole town is life interesting, fascinating and horrific. Listening to her plight and that of the women in Saudi Arabia caused me to appreciate our freedom here in the United States and how fragile freedom can be against fanatics and bullies. We have our own fanatics and Belize attempting to take hold in United States to suppress discussion and expression of any idea they don't like. This book and serve as a reminder how fragile freedom is and how Portland is that everyone gets to speak their mind even if it's not popular. As for the women of the Middle East the treatment they receive from their men and government is truly barbaric, backward and Medievil. Someday I'm sure they will face the wrath of the general populace and their women that they suppress so harshly. Maybe by some miracle they will wake up and begin to treat people as valuable and invested with human rights but I'm sure there'll be a fierce struggle rather than an intellectual acceptance of that truth. I do highly recommend this book as an insight into what society can be at the values are worked and twisted and why we should be involved with encouraging change and growth in the Middle East another backwards areas.

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    Meagan vR Ohio 04-15-15
    Meagan vR Ohio 04-15-15 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "This is an amazing book!"

    Amazing true life account of the Saudi princess and her life inside the kingdom. I never wanted to turn it off!

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    Amurph7lsu 03-10-15
    Amurph7lsu 03-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good insight into a foreign culture"

    This was interesting enough to keep me listening intently. I think it very interesting, pretty well written and somewhat insightful. A good memoir.

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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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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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