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Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia | [Jean Sasson]

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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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rastein 03-13-13
    Rastein 03-13-13 Member Since 2014
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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... :(

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremiah Houston 04-22-15
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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.

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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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