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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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    Susan Bay Village, OH, United States 06-21-08
    Susan Bay Village, OH, United States 06-21-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Propoganda"

    The narrator is excellent, sounds Afghani, but I hated the book. I'll grant the author has a talent for story telling but for this one I can only assume that he made a list of all the horrible things that could happen to a female in Afghanistan and then outlined a novel to include every one of them. It feels like propoganda to me. I've read personal accounts by Afgani women where the story is what happened to them. That's honest. I've read articles about woman under the Taliban with some egegious examples. That's honest. But this novel is dishonest. It takes advantages of people's desire to read about atrocity after atrocity and it assumes that readers in English are so uninformed that they can't get information except when it's also entertainment.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    F. Curry 05-17-08
    F. Curry 05-17-08
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    "Pick this read!"

    This book was definitely worth reading. The characters really grew on me and I found myself wondering about them when the read was over.

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    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 05-15-08
    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 05-15-08 Member Since 2005

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    "A great book but depressing"

    This is a great story, Khaled Hosseini has a tremendous capacity to tell a story that captivates the listener. The content is disturbing, but the writing is so good as is the story that it grips you. I agree with some of the reviewers that the narrator is monotone, but to me that adds tenor to the book her narration fits the story. I am not quite finished listening, but I would highly recommend this book, especially if you like The Kite Runner

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    Karen Kinser Chesapeake, VA, US 05-09-08
    Karen Kinser Chesapeake, VA, US 05-09-08 Member Since 2014
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    "A Thousand Splendid Suns - splendid, indeed"

    This book, by FAR, is the one of the best spoken books I have ever listened to. The reader was poignant, and true to the part. The characters rich and realistic. The times and experiences of the characters chilling and much too relevant to what has played out in our lifetime. This was a bittersweet and heart-wrenching tale of 2 lives. Everyone who "thinks" that they know "who America's enemies are" should have to read this book.

    I had heard wonderful things about "The Kite Runner" . . . and didn't expect that "Splendid Suns" would live up to the beauty that readers described when recalling the Kite Runner. But this book has renewed my faith in a story well told and in the splendor of the written word to incite pathos and understanding.

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    J. Speer OHIO 04-18-08
    J. Speer OHIO 04-18-08 Member Since 2011

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    "touching, lovely, thrilling, intriguing"

    I cannot say enough about how gifted Khaled Hosseini is. We live in a world where most of us are satisfyingly sheltered from the poverty, injustice, inhumane treatment and devastation that others endure. It is a toss-up which book I liked better: Kite Runner or Suns... but if you have read Kite Runner I would say that A Thousand Splendid Suns is a must-read. If you haven't read Kite Runner, do so and then move on to Suns. The narrator does a fabulous job speaking in both languages and drawing you into the Afghanistan world. I love books that stimulate me, educate me and move me. I await Mr. Hosseini's next novel anxiously.

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    Susan Ann Arbor, MI, USA 04-13-08
    Susan Ann Arbor, MI, USA 04-13-08
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    "Another Fabulous Book"

    Thank you for another view of the conflict in Afganistan. It was riviting. I'll be looking for another to continue to expand my understanding of the conflict.

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    Paul Mason Ohio 04-08-08
    Paul Mason Ohio 04-08-08 Member Since 2012
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    "If you loved Kite Runner..."

    You will adore A Thousand Splendid Suns

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    Charlotte W. Osborne 03-25-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "A Great Listen"

    This is the first time I have felt that I wanted to write a review of a book. The writing was so compelling. I'm not sure if I would have liked this book as well if I had read it myself because of all the difficult names and words, but the woman who read the book was fabulous.

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    zman Baltimore 03-23-08
    zman Baltimore 03-23-08 Member Since 2016
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    "trying to finish it."

    Not sure why its so highly rated. I am still trying to finish this but the story is very disconnected ...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Highland Village, TX, USA 03-22-08
    Kathleen Highland Village, TX, USA 03-22-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Something special"

    This book will haunt you. While you aren't listening you will be thinking about the characters. When you are listening you will be greedy with each minute and hate when the book ends. It is just a special book, that blooms inside you as the characters come alive. Different from Hossein's first book, told through the eyes of women. I may just have to listen to it again.

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