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Rooftops of Tehran | [Mahbod Seraji]

Rooftops of Tehran

A 17-year-old boy finds his rooftop the perfect escape for taking in the night sky, smoking cigarettes and catching occasional glimpses of his beautiful neighbor. But when his lofty perch allows him to witness the brutality of the regime under which he lives, everything changes for the boy and those close to him.
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Publisher's Summary

With Rooftops of Tehran, Mahbod Seraji delivers a debut novel that has won immediate acclaim for its affecting portrait of life in Iran's capital city.

A 17-year-old boy finds his rooftop the perfect escape for taking in the night sky, smoking cigarettes and catching occasional glimpses of his beautiful neighbor. But when his lofty perch allows him to witness the brutality of the regime under which he lives, everything changes for the boy and those close to him.

©2009 Mahbod Seraji; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Told in Pasha's unique voice and partially in flashback, Seraji's wonderful coming-of-age story is at times funny and sweet as well as thought-provoking and heart-wrenching." (Booklist)

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    Darius Agawam, MA, USA 07-30-09
    Darius Agawam, MA, USA 07-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story, bad narration"

    This story is engaging but the narrator obviously has no idea how to pronounce Iranian names and words. The way Iranians say "Iran" is "ee-RON" not "i-RAN", and people from Iran are "eeRONians" not "i-RAINians." Listening to "A Thousand Splendid Suns" was such a pleasure because middle eastern (in this case Afghani) names and words were perfectly pronounced, but in "The Rooftops of Tehran," the poor pronunciation is distracting and almost caused me to give up on it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Modesto , CA, USA 02-04-10
    Jean Modesto , CA, USA 02-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Very disappointing"

    This book was much too long for the story contained within it. The characters were poorly developed, and the author repeated the same thoughts over and over again. The ending was highly implausible. It would have helped to have a narrator with a convincing Middle Eastern accent.

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    Mehryar Australia 02-24-12
    Mehryar Australia 02-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautifully Written and Narrated"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The writing style is excellent. The narrator also does a very goo job of reading the book and performing the relevant characters.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Hearing about all those details about the life, in general, in Iran during that era.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    In addition to being a story based on facts, the book also provides a comprehensive insight into the customs and cultures of Iran and its people.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

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