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A Thousand Splendid Suns Audiobook

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Publisher's Summary

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of 30 years of Afghanistan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever-escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

©2007 TKR Publications, LLC. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Another searing epic....[Hosseini's] tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unimaginably tragic, Hosseini's magnificent second novel is a sad and beautiful testament to both Afghani suffering and strength. Readers who lost themselves in The Kite Runner will not want to miss this unforgettable follow up." (Booklist)

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    Jeanie Cornelius, NC, USA 10-31-07
    Jeanie Cornelius, NC, USA 10-31-07
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    "Truly a literary work"

    True literature gently opens the mind like a spell. Words flow into the reader's soul like water and paint pictures of the places and the people that populate the story. Such is Hosseini's work as he takes us into the lives of a beautifully human people as they struggle to live and grow in a hostile, dangerous and hate filled place. Read it, share it and grow yourself.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Johnson 02-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Loved it!!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Splendid Suns the most enjoyable?

    Wow! What a wonderful way to walk in the shoes of Afghan women during one of the countrys most tumultuous times. I learned so much from these AMAZING and strong women. Highly recommend.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie 09-01-16
    Natalie 09-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "touching and amazing"

    I loved it and it was amazing with a touching story and an amazing plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KSL in SC SC United States 05-14-16
    KSL in SC SC United States 05-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't read if you are sensitive to cruelty."

    The writing and performance are done well, but the story is just too hard to stomach. It was a book club selection. That is the only reason I even tried it, as I hated The Kite Runner, by same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kyra 11-10-15
    Kyra 11-10-15
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    "The storyline itself is amazing"

    I very much enjoyed listening to this book. However I noticed it doesn't actually follow the book. I'm currently reading this book in my English class and when I'm at home I like to listen to the story rather than read it,but when I got to class I realized there are huge chunks that I never listened to on the audiobook. Other than that the story was amazing and the narration was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gina 10-05-15
    Gina 10-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Life is life, no matter where you are"

    I got a bit lost in the story, following the characters, but overall I liked the accounting of lila's life. the narrator did well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Citron Agoura Hills, CA, United States 03-24-15
    Melinda Citron Agoura Hills, CA, United States 03-24-15
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    "Really Good"
    If you could sum up A Thousand Splendid Suns in three words, what would they be?

    Afghanistan, turmoil and women


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Thousand Splendid Suns?

    One of best books I have ever read. It is all memorable a book that makes you think and stays with you for a long time.


    What does Atossa Leoni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Atossa enunciation of the afghan language and she is excellent narrator makes you feel like you are there with the characters.


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

    The moment the women became friends and that friendship and understanding touched me with every sacrifice they made.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GM South Jersey, Nj 04-15-14
    GM South Jersey, Nj 04-15-14

    Journalism Major at MSU! Miss America Contestant.

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    "Intriguing"
    Where does A Thousand Splendid Suns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was my very first audible so maybe that's why I am giving it a five star rating in all categories, but I have personally never enjoyed a book the way I did this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Thousand Splendid Suns?

    Too many to count, and It wouldn't be fair to give any spoilers


    Which character – as performed by Atossa Leoni – was your favorite?

    The main character, not sure on the proper spelling of her name, but it follows her throughout the entire book.


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

    I believe when she was forced into marriage, and just reading - well hearing- what that was like really made me blessed to have such freedoms that third world countries do not.


    Any additional comments?

    This book really opened my eyes on the freedoms and rights women in America have, it made me grateful to live in this country. I would easily suggest this book to any woman, it will change your views on many things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D Canyon Country, CA, United States 12-16-13
    D Canyon Country, CA, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2015

    I travel to and from Arizona and Santa Clarita every month. We listen to audible books in the car from our IPod.

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    "Hard subject matter"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    Just a hard subject matter to follow. I lost interest in the first CD, but tried to give it the benefit and continued.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Flagstaff, AZ, United States 09-18-13
    Jennifer Flagstaff, AZ, United States 09-18-13
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    "Surprisingly Good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did not expect to like this book, which was chosen by my book club, so I chose to listen to it rather than read it. Boy, was I surprised. I loved the narrator and the story was sweet, even though I think something was probably lost in abridged version. I would highly recommend this one, especially for women.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Thousand Splendid Suns?

    The ending and I can't reveal that!


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  • Eirian
    PenarthUnited Kingdom
    10/11/08
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    "A powerful and moving social history"

    I'd never read any of Khalid Hosseini's books before, so, when I saw this advertised as an audiobook, I thought I'd give it a go.

    I was not disappointed: this was one of the most powerfully moving books I have ever read. By writing about the lives of 2 ordinary, yet extraordinary women, Hosseini paints a vivid and gripping picture of life in Afghanistan during the past 25 years.

    Fabulous!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    DouglasUnited Kingdom
    4/28/08
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    "See inside the Afgan life"

    Reading it is like being there when it happened, good times and many bad times though Afghanistan from King to Taliban to today, why are men so coldly cruel to women and other men, a deep insight, and deeply distressing but a wonderful read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Beattie
    UK
    3/22/11
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    "A Thousand Splendid Suns"

    An extremely moving if not accurate account of the turmoil, tragedy and heartbreak that Afghans have lived with for decades!
    And now one only hopes that there can be a sequel soon that will see such a beautiful country and innocent people restored to their former glory & happiness!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicole
    Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
    6/20/08
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    "Uplifting"

    I don't usually like fiction, but this book is an exception. It takes you on a journey that leaves you feeling like you've been very lucky to get a glimpse into the lives of others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sairose
    WEST VANCOVUER, BC, Canada
    9/15/07
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    "Absorbing"

    An insightful narrative into how women endure and survive and a wonderful taste of Afghan culture and history. Not for those looking for a light happy read as it was upsetting in parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    6/21/08
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    "painful"

    I confess I only got half-way through as I couldn't bear any more misery. Clumsy miserablist writing with a heavy dose of the worthies. Avoid.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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