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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.
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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.

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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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    Nicky San Jose , CA, USA 10-02-07
    Nicky San Jose , CA, USA 10-02-07
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    "Awesome"

    I absolutely loved it.

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    rhonda HOPKINTON, MA, United States 09-29-07
    rhonda HOPKINTON, MA, United States 09-29-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Best Book This Year"

    By far the best book I have read/listened to this year. A notable follow up to Kite Runner. This is truely a meaningfull story.

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    Erica Las Cruces, NM, USA 09-17-07
    Erica Las Cruces, NM, USA 09-17-07
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    "Enlightening"

    Wow this book not only tells an amazing and beautiful story but you get some very good insight on the war we are in. I came away with so much perspective of what the Islamic people are going through and how this war is affecting them. I feel that I have been enlightened by this book and I thank the author for that.

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    June Bedford, TX, USA 09-16-07
    June Bedford, TX, USA 09-16-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Even better than Kite Runner"

    I really loved the Kite Runner by the same author, so I was excited to download and listen to A Thousand Splendid Suns. This new novel is even better than Kite Runner. The authors imagery and character development are wonderful. The narrator is perfect. I found myself crying, laughing and even disagreeing with the main character's choices often -- shaking my head and wishing they would make other choices. The two main women characters are heroic and ring true. Both are characters I will remember.

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    Julie 09-15-07
    Julie 09-15-07
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    "Most Enjoyable"

    I purchased this audio book to listen to during a trip that I was leaving on in a week. I thought I would listen just to get a taste of it and couldn't stop listening. Needless to say, I finished the book in two days. The voice of the narrator was wonderful. The way she conveyed the words of Khaled Hosseini just carried you away to Afghanistan. I felt the characters were memorable. I would highly recommend this audio book....a most enjoyable listen.

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    Robert San Antonio, TX, USA 09-14-07
    Robert San Antonio, TX, USA 09-14-07
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    "Who doesn't love it?"

    I can't imagine anyone not loving it. My father who is 70 even listened to it and loved it along with The Kite Runner.

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    Mohammed 09-13-07
    Mohammed 09-13-07
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    "Excellent read"

    I thought that the author could not outdo his first book "The Kiterunner" but he has with this book. Very real depiction of the plight of women in that part of the world.

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    Mark Corrales, NM, United States 09-13-07
    Mark Corrales, NM, United States 09-13-07 Member Since 2014
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    "annoying and boring"

    I really enjoyed Kite Runner but I found this one quite boring. I felt like, it is no surprise that women living in an oppressive, mysoginistic culture are going to have a terrible time. And yet the woman routinely has sexual relations (and has a child) with her disgusting older arranged-marriage husband, which seems to me like accepting serial rape in a way. Also I found the narrator's voice very annoying and did not want to return to this audiobook. I forced myself to for a while, then gave up when the monotony persisted.

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    Allison Woodland Hills, CA, United States 09-12-07
    Allison Woodland Hills, CA, United States 09-12-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than Kite Runner"

    This book was even better than the author's first book. I really enjoyed listening to it and highly recommend it.

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    Betty Lou Fockler Centerburg OH USA 09-09-07
    Betty Lou Fockler Centerburg OH USA 09-09-07 Member Since 2012

    Been listening when listening to books was unheard of - and on tape. I've evolved along with Audible and love everything about Audible!!

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    "A Wonderful Book"

    Another wonderful look at life in Afghanistan; this time,through the eyes of a woman. I did not enjoy it quite as much as The Kite Runner. However, I came away so grateful for my freedoms as a woman in this country. And, I feel so sad for those women who exist(ed) under such male/Taliban domination. I learned more about the evolution of conditions in Afghanistan and I enjoy that. I will look for the next Khaled Hosseini book and hope to be one of the first to enjoy it.

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