Despite her lowly station, the young woman blossoms as a brilliant designer of carpets, a rarity in a craft dominated by men. But while her talent flourishes, her prospects for a happy marriage grow dim. Forced into a secret marriage to a wealthy man, the young woman finds herself faced with a daunting decision: forsake her own dignity, or risk everything she has in an effort to create a new life.
©2007 Anita Amirrezvani; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"Sumptuous imagery and a modern sensibility...make this a winning debut." (Publishers Weekly)
Incredible story with rich descriptions and characterizations. Shohreh Aghdashloo is an incredible narrator with a deep voice that added to the richness of the experience. I was transported to a different world and time.
Listening to the purest heart of a woman figuring out how to survive her fate is timeless.
Say something about yourself!
The narrator couldn't have been better. She was able to give me the feeling of being right there. The story was also enlightening and also made me feel like I was living in that time.
When they were all living in poverty and the heroine was able to bring them out of it with her skills and determination not to be beaten down.
The softness with which she read the book. She seemed to immerse herself into the performance.
I would take the heroine to be able to talk to her about the admiration I have for her.
The book was outstanding and helped me to understand the culture and religion of the times.
I did not want this book to end. I worked in the garden for 4 hours each of two days just so I wouldn't be interrupted by the world inside. This was a lovely story and was so beautifully read. I have not been so caught up since I began audible listening 3 years ago. I believe that in this case the audible version surely bests the written word--Shohreh's voice carried me away. The interview with the author at the end was a wonderful closing. Those who create with fabric, yarns, weaving--even painters--should enjoy the discussion of colors, techniques, design of the carpets. I am not an artist but would not have tired had there been more of this description. A beautiful listen.
This is one of my favorite audiobooks so far. It is a wonderfully rich story filled with culture and history. The characters are interesting and the story twists and turns. I absolutely loved Shohreh Aghdashloo's voice and performance.
I had high hopes for this book. While it started out interestingly enough, it could not hold my interest, however I ploughed on til the end. When I start playing the book on 3.5 speed I know it's a lost cause. Didn't take me long to start listening to this book on 3.5 speed!
I was taken with this book about a young woman's life in 17th c. Iran. The narrator was quite good, though there were a few issues with English pronunciation and not being able to understand what she was actually saying at first. However, most of the mispronounced words I could still understand or decipher through the context, though there were a few along the way I did not understand. Still a very well performed narration and could certainly listen to another narration by Aghdashloo. The basic story was reasonably good and the setting in 17th c. Iranian culture including the rug-making aspects were quite interesting. I enjoyed her overall writing style and found it beautifully descriptive which helped the story to flourish as well. The side narratives (stories told by the characters) were a little hit and miss for me...some truly engaged me and others seemed to be more of a distraction from the main narrative: I would say that mostly the side narratives added to the book for me. Overall, I definitely recommend!
YES - Shohreh Aghdashloo's voice is mesmerizing, couple that with a great story and your are instantly transported to 17th century Iran. The story is simple with it's themes - Girl to woman, mother-daughter relationship and becoming your own person, but the way the tale is told is fantastic.
One girl's tale into self discovery...
I may in 10 years. I am certainly going to pass it along.
I think the descriptions of the rug-making process was the most interesting "character".
Her rich voice and authentic background
There were moments when I could not stop listening because of the intrigue!
touching, informative, magical
Historical fiction in a foreign (to me) place and time is always fun and educational, but I knew nothing about 17th c. Iran, so it is hard to compare to another specific book. Maybe The Red Tent or Tokaido Road in that they opened up a place in history in a personal way.
At first I did not like how low and gravelly her voice was all the time, made it hard to modulate for different voices. But her accent and pronunciation of the Arabic words are beautiful and once I got used to it, I loved it.
I love the way the author weaves traditional story-telling into the narrative and the way she illustrated the hardship of women's lives without rancor. The characters were rounded and real.
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