We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
A Thousand Splendid Suns Audiobook

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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.
Regular Price:$31.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (6908 )
5 star
 (4234)
4 star
 (1920)
3 star
 (525)
2 star
 (141)
1 star
 (88)
Overall
4.5 (2926 )
5 star
 (1938)
4 star
 (720)
3 star
 (190)
2 star
 (51)
1 star
 (27)
Story
4.5 (2910 )
5 star
 (1885)
4 star
 (761)
3 star
 (186)
2 star
 (55)
1 star
 (23)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Priscilla D'agostino South Florida 12-13-07
    Priscilla D'agostino South Florida 12-13-07 Member Since 2001

    Prissydag

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "One Great Book"

    The trip you take into another world is very profound and well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amy Greenville, SC, USA 12-08-07
    Amy Greenville, SC, USA 12-08-07 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    "A must read to understanding the Afghan conflict"

    Engrossing. Shocking. An education about the Afghan culture. Graphic depiction of social and sexual mores of the misuse of the Islamic faith. Could not put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shelly 10-23-07
    Shelly 10-23-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Highly recommend"

    In today's world of misunderstanding and intolerance, this book is an eye opener. I highly recommend this book.

    The narrator was a bit irritating at times, but I appreciated her pronunciation and accent as it enhanced the meaning of the book. I liked how she used words pertaining to the characters nationality then said what the word meant in english. I felt like I learned a small bit of a new language as well as how the people of Afghanistan feel about the world today.

    I will definately listen to this book again and will recommend it to friends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan Oroville, CA, United States 10-20-07
    Susan Oroville, CA, United States 10-20-07 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    43
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Another gem"

    I chose A Thousand Splendid Suns on the off chance that it might be half as good as The Kiterunner. To my delight it did not disappoint. The characters were compelling and I was immediately drawn into the story. The experiences of these women moved me. Although I believe the story could have only been improved by a woman's insight, Hossein has done a superb job of storytelling, again. One of my best listens, I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pat Ontario, CA, USA 10-13-07
    Pat Ontario, CA, USA 10-13-07
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    "A must read!"

    I really did not know what an impact this book was going to have on me, it was such an enlightening lesson on how life is so different for these women then mine and all happening at the very same time the only difference was that I was born in America and they in Afganistan. I loved the book and can,t wait to read The Kite Runner!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Glenys EAST MALVERNAustralia 10-13-07
    Glenys EAST MALVERNAustralia 10-13-07
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    2
    Overall
    "glenniw"

    If you have read the Kite Runner you will not be disappointed with this next of Hosseini's tales.
    This is the first audiobook I have listened to in a long time. I was travelling around Asia in busses and trains and am so glad I had this rivetting tale to while away the hours.
    Hossein again takes us into a world we know exists, but have little insight into and through his superb storytelling, leads us through the lives of two very different women. The story of these women and the interaction between all characters was enlightening and very emotional.
    The brutality of parts of the story only added to the whole and I highly recommend this audio book to anyone interested in not only a great "listen" but in lives and cultures that differ from their own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer Fairfax Station, VA, USA 10-09-07
    Jennifer Fairfax Station, VA, USA 10-09-07
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    1
    Overall
    "Best book this year"

    Beautiful book, touching story, you will NOT be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jane 10-09-07
    Jane 10-09-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    162
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Incredibly moving"

    Wonderfully written - you always want to hear what happens next. Wonderfully read. Heart wrenching and so believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Catherine Allen Park, MI, USA 10-03-07
    Catherine Allen Park, MI, USA 10-03-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Oh...makes you think"

    Wow, what can I say. As a woman, I'm so thankful for where I live. As an american, I'm so sad for the conditions we allow to continue, but as a human I see the beauty in this. All I can say is read this book. Get a new prespective on the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nicky San Jose , CA, USA 10-02-07
    Nicky San Jose , CA, USA 10-02-07
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    "Awesome"

    I absolutely loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Jackie
    Romford, Essex, United Kingdom
    7/15/07
    Overall
    "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.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Siobhan
    Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    7/31/07
    Overall
    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mirium
    SAFFRON WALDEN, Essex, United Kingdom
    2/6/08
    Overall
    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    9/6/07
    Overall
    "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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey
    5/20/08
    Overall
    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    United Kingdom
    3/27/08
    Overall
    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    St Agnes, United Kingdom
    8/9/11
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
  • beverley spencer
    6/16/10
    Overall
    "great"

    what a fab book and beautifully read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vicky
    Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    4/21/10
    Overall
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.