Leila Aboulela
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Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela was born in Cairo, grew up in Khartoum and moved in her mid-twenties to Aberdeen. She is the author of five novels, Bird Summons, The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, The Kindness of Enemies, Minaret and Lyrics Alley, Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards. Leila was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her latest story collection, Elsewhere, Home won the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year Award. Leila's work has been translated into fifteen languages and she was long-listed three times for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her plays The Insider, The Mystic Life and others were broadcast on BBC Radio and her fiction included in publications such as Freeman's, Granta and Harper's Magazine.

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    • The Kindness of Enemies

    • By: Leila Aboulela
    • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
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      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    It's 2010, and Natasha, a half-Russian, half-Sudanese professor of Islamic studies, is researching the life of Imam Shamil....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect

    • By Amy Neiman on 02-24-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Minaret

    • By: Leila Aboulela
    • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Leila Aboulela's American debut is a provocative, timely, and engaging audiobook about a young Muslim woman - once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London - gradually embracing her orthodox faith....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Came for the story, stayed for the narration.

    • By Hank on 03-11-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Lyrics Alley

    • A Novel
    • By: Leila Aboulela
    • Narrated by: Parisa Johnston
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Lyrics Alley is the evocative story of an affluent Sudanese family shaken by the shifting powers in their country and the near-tragedy that threatens the legacy they've built for decades....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A beautiful story of tragedy, love & hope

    • By Fungai Tichawangana on 02-21-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Translator

    • By: Leila Aboulela
    • Narrated by: Judith West
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Sammar is a Sudanese widow working as an Arabic translator at a Scottish university....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator just turns me off

    • By Salma Al-Shami on 10-19-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Bird Summons

    • By: Leila Aboulela
    • Narrated by: Raghad Chaar
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Salma, happily married, tries every day to fit into life in Britain. When her first love contacts her, she is tempted to risk it all and return to Egypt....

    Regular price: $16.35

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