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The Blood of Flowers Audiobook

The Blood of Flowers

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Why we think it's Essential: I knew Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo from her Oscar-nominated performance in The House of Sand and Fog, and hoped for another star turn in her narration of Anita Amirrezvanivs debut novel - I wasn't disappointed. Aghdashloo's deep, raspy voice is absolutely haunting, whether describing the (surprisingly) fascinating intricacies of rug-making or re-telling the Iranian folktales that are woven into the story. A colorful, lush tale that I didn't want to end. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

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

What the Critics Say

"Sumptuous imagery and a modern sensibility...make this a winning debut." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Nancy L. Collins 02-08-13

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    "Couldn't put it down"
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    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.

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    Rebecca Sandy, UT, United States 02-06-13
    Rebecca Sandy, UT, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Beautiful and haunting life of a woman."

    Listening to the purest heart of a woman figuring out how to survive her fate is timeless.

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    Sue Loberger Peoria, AZ USA 01-22-13
    Sue Loberger Peoria, AZ USA 01-22-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Blood of Flowers the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood of Flowers?

    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.


    What about Shohreh Aghdashloo’s performance did you like?

    The softness with which she read the book. She seemed to immerse herself into the performance.


    If you could take any character from The Blood of Flowers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take the heroine to be able to talk to her about the admiration I have for her.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was outstanding and helped me to understand the culture and religion of the times.

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    Rockfish TX United States 01-14-13
    Rockfish TX United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Beautiful Listen!"

    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.

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    Mrs. K 01-13-13
    Mrs. K 01-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully told story"
    Where does The Blood of Flowers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 01-09-13
    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 01-09-13
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    "Not a bad book, but not great either!"

    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!

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    Dblms 01-08-13
    Dblms 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed this book!"

    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!

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    Marilyn 12-21-12
    Marilyn 12-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Transported to another time and place"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One girl's tale into self discovery...


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    Anne Bridge Harrisville, NH USA 12-21-12
    Anne Bridge Harrisville, NH USA 12-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "intriguing"
    Would you listen to The Blood of Flowers again? Why?

    I may in 10 years. I am certainly going to pass it along.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think the descriptions of the rug-making process was the most interesting "character".


    What does Shohreh Aghdashloo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her rich voice and authentic background


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were moments when I could not stop listening because of the intrigue!


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    Louise MIddletown, DE, United States 12-19-12
    Louise MIddletown, DE, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "beautiful trip to exotic place and time"
    If you could sum up The Blood of Flowers in three words, what would they be?

    touching, informative, magical


    What other book might you compare The Blood of Flowers to and why?

    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.


    What about Shohreh Aghdashloo’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you could rename The Blood of Flowers, what would you call it?

    Carpet Stories?


    Any additional comments?

    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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