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)
Probably. I've never read the book but I absolutely LOVED the narrators voice.
I thought the culture itself: the food they ate, the customs in marriage and the relationships between the families were the most interesting. There is an order to many things they did and how they did them. I liked hearing about the different social "rules" they all seemed to live by.
She has the most rich and beautiful voice. I wish she would read everything else I've purchased! It felt as if she WAS the girl in the book, speaking from a long time in the future. I loved listening to her voice. She added much to this book.
I think when the main character resorted to begging and eventually agreeing to sell herself for an hour for some meat to save her starving Mom....that was moving. I was able to imagine myself in her situation and think about what I would do. It helped me understand how really many things that are done, whether we believe they are wrong or right, are justified and how one comes to be in a bad situation.
I really loved this book! I thought there was too much detail in the many sexual scenes but the author's voice made them seem more explanatory than graphic.
This is a beautifully written and superbly narrated story that will capture the mind and imagination of anyone interested in the history of women.
The performance is excellent, it put me in the setting. The plot intertwined stories, the craft of Persian rug making, and a woman's struggle to become her own entity in a more challenging place and time. So good!
Her voice evokes the setting and mood perfectly.
It would have to be the lead, I would want to listen about rug making and tell her how times and resulting freedoms for women have changed and are continuing to change.
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!
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