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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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    Stacey Broomfield, CO, USA 10-26-07
    Stacey Broomfield, CO, USA 10-26-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Story and Audiobook"

    Phenomenal audio book, beautifully read by a woman with just enough accent to set the mood, but very very easy to understand. This was one case where I thought I enjoyed the audio book more than I would have the written book because she pronounced many native references correctly, whereas I would not have known how they sounded if I had read it myself.

    Also, I am sure you can read all the positive reviews on Amazon, but this story is excellent. I have never sought out this genre, where actual history (of Afghanistan) is brought to life through the eyes of fictional characters. The way two initially separate plots are woven together was very interesting. I highly recommend it to all readers. The characters in the story are very realistic and well-developed; even the antagonists have elements of humanity. The book presents Afghanistan's tomultuous recent history without politicizing it, simply presenting it.

    I enjoy many types of audiobooks from chick-lit to non-fiction, but this has been my favorite one so far.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria B. Mitchell Austin, TX 06-05-07
    Victoria B. Mitchell Austin, TX 06-05-07 Member Since 2016

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    "I'll end up buying the hard copy..."

    ... so I can go back and re-live it. Just don't listen while you're trying to drive. It made me cry. Excellent historical reference, character definition, and narration. An outstanding audio book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 10-02-12
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2016

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "The more things change, the more they remain..."

    Yesterday, October 1, 2012, in Afghanistan, a women was executed, killed, murdered, call it what you will, for allegedly committing adultery. Her male partner was unpunished. In the same newscast that reported this execution, the beautiful, young, orphaned faces of a first in that country girl soccer team were shown celebrating their freedom to... to... just be girls and play soccer. Such is a taste of life and death in Afghanistan. Such is a taste of A Thousand Splendid Suns.

    The book is simply and beautifully written. If you liked the Kite Runner, you will probably appreciate this book also.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Carlsbad, CA, USA 11-10-08
    Maria Carlsbad, CA, USA 11-10-08
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    "Combined voices of Hosseini & Leoni AMAZING"

    A beautifully moving, descriptive, and incredibly sad story and Leoni's narration hits all the right notes. Her voice, too, sings and is touching and amazing. I cried many tears and I was left with a hunger for dishes from Afghanistan and for a hunger to know more about the country and it's people.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E. Schlarmann 11-08-07
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    "Gripping"

    I really enjoyed this book although it tells a heartbreaking story. If you want a real life account of some of today's oppressed middle eastern women and the lives they lead, read this book! It's compelling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danny J. Lesandrini Tucson, AZ 10-12-07
    Danny J. Lesandrini Tucson, AZ 10-12-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, but sad"

    The book is well written, and it gives you a voyeuristic view into Afghanistan, but it's so sad. I bought this book because someone said it’s not like his previous book, Kite Runner, which was also really sad to me. But it is sad. That’s why I gave it 3 stars. If you can bear the tragedy of lives destroyed by a God dishonoring culture and war mongering men, then you’ll love this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Morriston, FM, USA 05-29-07
    Melody Morriston, FM, USA 05-29-07
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    "Wonderful"

    I could not tear myself away from this audiobook... sorry, honey and kids! The reader was excellent and the story beautifully written. I was brought to tears several times. I read The Kite Runner, now I have listen to this book. Now I await this author's next book.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren New York, NY, USA 12-27-07
    Lauren New York, NY, USA 12-27-07
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    "Narration Takes Away From the Story"

    I couldn't get into this book at all because the narration is so unnatural. The narrator speaks in the same monotone and meter the entire time and is the same for all characters so it is very difficult to get into the story at all. I started listening to this book over 6 months ago and have since listened to 6 other books. Given the universally laudatory reviews, I have been quite disappointed that I have not been able to share such pleasure in this book.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-03-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Extreme Love, Perseverance where Women are OWNED"

    Beautiful, heart breaking story of three generations of Afghan women who face incredible abuse and hardship, that western women cannot even imagine. Unlikely friendships and sacrifices by the women over the span of many years and what they do to protect the children that are born to them will keep you on the edge of your seat, listening, crying, and absolutely infuriated that such injustice exists . . . even now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brea, CA United States 07-07-09
    Brea, CA United States 07-07-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Great Listen, Sad History"

    I'm very glad I read this book. To see how events in Afghanistan affected people's lives, even in a fictional context, was eye opening. You'll want to listen to see what happens next, and yet because the political events are so heartless to people it breaks your heart. You almost don't want to know the next thing that will hit these people.

    This is a story of women. It jumps back and forth between two women's lives and how they learn to lean on each other to survive in war torn Afghanistan, and the sacrifices they make for each other.

    After finishing this book I am even more grateful I live where I do and not in a country torn by violence and war.

    I think I actually liked the Kite Runner a bit better, but this was definitely worth reading. The narration is also quite good. Read this one and you won't be sorry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    5/4/16
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    "Heartbreaking work of genius"

    Brilliant novel; searingly painful but a compelling read. I had to adapt to the curious vocal phrasing of the narrator which put me off at first but the story powered through. Read it and you will be angered, saddened and humbled.

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  • Dr S.
    4/22/16
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    "Hard to get into but hugely rewarding"

    Boy do you grow to care for the central characters, and for Afghanistan. The pronunciation of names will live on long in my memory.
    The graphic description of Sharia law (as implemented by the Taliban) and its impact on women is so educational.
    I feel hugely emotionally and factually enriched by this book.

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  • Mrs. E. Arman
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    "A thousand splendid suns"

    This book has been a gripping read from start to finish.It makes a pleasant change to have a book that says it as it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becki
    2/29/16
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    "captivating"

    finished in two days. incredible. Wonderful insight into Afghanistans history and how things have transpired. Beautiful characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/20/16
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    "Best book Ive read in 10 years!"

    Thoroughly good story, embedded with culture. Had to turn speed down slightely to appreciate fully, but read brilliantly.

    My second Audible book - and LOVED it. Have already downloaded The Kite Runner! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • p sweeney
    2/5/16
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    "Thought provoking"

    It makes you think about different cultures and events.
    A very special book, full of emotions.

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  • Catherine
    1/5/16
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    "Brilliant!"

    I've been an avid reader for as far back as I can remember and this is my standout favourite book. There's nothing more to say.

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  • Sheila
    11/6/15
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    "Poor reading skills"

    The reader paused slightly every few words, which disturbed the flow of the story. She also read at the same pitch of voice and at the same speed all the time, using no expression.

    I do hope you get someone else to read this and use a better version instead of this one. The story is well worth listening to, but the reader was really irritatingly bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    10/11/15
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    "Brilliant!"
    What did you like most about A Thousand Splendid Suns?

    Amazing story which takes you into the lives of two Muslim women with a background of real historical events in Afghanistan. You can feel the culture of the society, both the positive and negative aspects.


    What other book might you compare A Thousand Splendid Suns to, and why?

    I have no comparison.


    What about Atossa Leoni’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was perfect for the book - and the accent helped to set the scene and make the text more authentic.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read it - it will open your world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephane
    9/9/15
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    "A masterpiece"

    I have read "the kite runner" and loved it so I decided to try this one and it is excellent. I truly believe thta Khaled Hosseini is one of the best writers of our century. I definitely recommend it to anyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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