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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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    "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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    Jose L. 05-26-09
    Jose L. 05-26-09
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    "Wow!"

    An amazing book. I learned so much about the plight of women in some Middle Eastern countries. A must read.

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    George 05-03-09
    George 05-03-09
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    "A Thousand Splendid Suns"

    Awesome portrayal of a forbidden culture.

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    Barbara Wasilla, AK, United States 04-15-09
    Barbara Wasilla, AK, United States 04-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful"

    I cant say enough about this book. I enjoyed every minute. The narrator was perfect. It gave me some insight what life is like for women in Afghanastan. I would and already have recommended this book to all.

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    Bethann Kingston, Ontario, Canada 04-15-09
    Bethann Kingston, Ontario, Canada 04-15-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Indescribable"

    Hosseini's beautiful, poignant and passionate novel is perfectly interpreted by Atossa Leoni's brilliant reading. Her voice is soothing, genuine and powerful. This is one of the best books I have read in years, and Leoni is definitely the best audiobook narrator I have ever heard.

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