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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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    Paul 07-09-10
    Paul 07-09-10 Member Since 2007

    always looking for my next 'driveway' book

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    "Confusing writing and depressing."

    In fairness just not my kind of writing or genre.
    I found myself zoning out and hitting the playback on every listen. Does have a degree of emotional punch but full of angst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver 06-01-10
    Oliver 06-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good"

    Another good, but pretty dismal book of life in the east. Well written and easy to follow, but it is pretty depressing. I would listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelby Hamden, CT, USA 01-27-10
    Shelby Hamden, CT, USA 01-27-10
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    "Great book but poor audio recording"

    I would give the BOOK 5 stars. Hosseini not only weaves a compelling tale but does so with such wonderful word choices. I thoroughly enjoyed The Kite Runner and thought I may be disappointed by A Thousand Splendid Suns by comparison, but I was wrong!
    That said, I would only give the audio recording 2 stars. I wish I had read the book instead of listened to it. The recording was not done well. There was white noise in the background and I could tell when they stopped recording for the day. Too bad!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Richmond, VA, USA 01-02-10
    Cherie Richmond, VA, USA 01-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Reality Check"

    We are so very fortunate in the US. To hear how women are treated and not respected was a bitter dose. Compelling and well written.

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    12-28-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Insightful"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story of the two women and the journey that they took me on. A wonderful account of another culture and the hardship faced by women therein.

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    Amy fullerton, CA, USA 12-23-09
    Amy fullerton, CA, USA 12-23-09
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    "Informative"

    I learned a lot about what really goes on in the middle east and what the Taliban is all about. At times the book drags on and is depressing but in the end it gives you reason to smile.

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    Mary Santa Rosa, US, Canada 12-21-09
    Mary Santa Rosa, US, Canada 12-21-09

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    "Very Depressing"

    Well written, good listen but depressing.

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    Nada Penshurst, NSW, Australia 09-29-09
    Nada Penshurst, NSW, Australia 09-29-09
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    "Fantastic!"

    I loved this book.....the history, the friendship... the love and the fantastic storytelling talent of Khaled Hosseini. If you only read one book this year... make it this one!

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    DIANA GILLATT 08-01-09
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    "A lovely book"

    I loved this audiobook, although it couldn't live up to The Kite Runner. The narrator was a bit difficult to understand at times, and a bit flat in delivery, but the story won through.

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    Jannette Highland, MI, USA 06-24-09
    Jannette Highland, MI, USA 06-24-09
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    "SIMPLY SPLENDID"

    Amazing book. Highly recommend. Couldn't "put down". Interesting sad look at how women can overcome unsurmountable difficulties in life we will never face in US.

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  • Jackie
    Romford, Essex, United Kingdom
    7/15/07
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    "A Thousand Splendid Suns"

    The book had me hooked from the beginning, its a VERY graphic account in life in Afghanistan during the occupation by the Russians and under the Talibans. At some points I dreaded listening scared of what was to follow next. If you like fairytales with everyone living happily ever after this is not for you. But for me it gave me an insight into Moslem life and an awareness of how lucky we are in the Western World.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Siobhan
    Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    7/31/07
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    "Passionate story, passionless reading"

    It is sheer testament to the beauty and lyrical passion of Hosseini's writing that the story still lives and breathes beyond the unemotional (whilst perfectly pronounced), characterless reading by Atossa Leoni.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mirium
    SAFFRON WALDEN, Essex, United Kingdom
    2/6/08
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    "Recommended - but not much fun"

    I don't think that 'enjoyment' is quite the right word to describe how I felt while listening to this. If I had been reading, I would have said that it was a real page-turner, as I was gripped by the narrative, and all the time wanted to find out what was going to happen next to Mariam and Laila. I kept waiting and hoping for something nice to happen - but it never did.
    It was a good insight into the politics of Afghanistan, without feeling like a history lesson. The writing was vivid, and brought to life both urban and rural landscapes.
    I felt very sad at the end, as while there is a suggestion of hope, we now know what has happened in Afghanistan since. Just supposing Laila was a real character rather than fictional, I wouldn't rate her chances very highly.
    It was beautifully read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    9/6/07
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    "The best novelist of our generation?"

    Simply a stunning book that engrosses from start to finish. If you liked the Kite Runner, you will love this. Khalid Hosseini is quickly becoming the best novelist of his generation

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey
    5/20/08
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    "A Thousand splendid suns"

    This book is wonderful but if you want a nice book then don't read this one, good job I was listening and not reading as I wouldn't have been able to see the pages from the tears. The two women in this book have a terrible life and you are captivated by their strength. A wonderful story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    United Kingdom
    3/27/08
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    "A compelling listen"

    This fascinating book gives a detailed insight into the lives of Moslem women in Afghanistan during a turbulent time. The attitude of their men towards them is almost unbelievable to Western women. We can be grateful that our life is unlike theirs (in normal circumstances) as it could possibly be. The bravery of the two main characters, knowing the possible punishments for their bid for freedom, takes ones breath away and life has to go on hold while you wait to hear how the story unfolds. A great listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Vicky
    Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    4/21/10
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    "A beautifully written tragic story with hope"

    I absolutely loved listening to this book. It was so well written that I was in the book living the lives of those two heroic women. I was totally absorbed and had to sit in the car at the end of my journey so that I could carry on listening. It has also taught me about Afganistan and the issues that they have had to contend with. Well worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    St Agnes, United Kingdom
    8/9/11
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    "Emotional & wonderful"

    This is simply the best book I have read/listened too in a very long time. The characters were beautiful & I really found myself caring about them deeply. I didn't think the Kite Runner could be beaten but this story was so gripping I found myself thinking about it all the time. I think everyone should read this beautiful book as it gives such insight into ordinary women, the true heroines of this awful time. This book gives Afganistan a human face rather than the picture built up by war & the Taliban.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gerd
    London, United Kingdom
    4/18/11
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    "Splendid"

    What a fantastic book! Gives you a real insight into what it is (or was) like growing up as a woman in Afghanistan, especially under the Taliban regime and the utter disregard for women's human rights there. All the serious stuff aside, the book is full of sights and smell and texures and has really made me want to go there and see the place for myself. It has pointed out to me that beyond the war and suppression it is a country full of history and beauty that is deserving of attention in its own right. With regards to the narration, it is (suitably so) read by a woman who obviously has the right cultural background, as every local name or Farsi/Pashtun word is pronounced like a local, making the whole experience more believable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    1/31/09
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    "Over-rated and poorly read"

    I think this book is very over-rated. It certainly makes you very, very aware, painfully aware of the horrors of life in Afghanistan, for women particularly, but so much of the novel dwells on the trivia of day to day exitance. It reads like an airport novel for much of its length.
    Everything is dictated by events and chracter analysis is minimal. We do not explore the characters in any depth, but see only the events which happen to them.
    The final quarter of the book is very moving however.
    My wife tells me I'm wrong - so was I perhaps turned off by the flat, characterless reading of Atossa Leoni with her stange hesitancies which broke up phrases and destroyed sense. Such an amateur reading style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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