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Publisher's Summary

Princess describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country.

Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: 13-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age; young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room". Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage, and you will never forget her or her Muslim sisters.

A New York Times best-seller, Princess was named one of the 500 Great Books by Women Since 1300. It was also an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Reader's Digest Selection.

©2004 The Sasson Corporation (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Wow...

Such a powerful book. To hear a full story of this princess' experience just brings you in and really makes you feel for her. I hope something can be done for women in Saudi Arabia... :(

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Most terrifying story ever told

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I wouldn't recommend this book for the faint of heart. It's hard to continue reading it.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the fact that she took the time to write down and record the truth. It's hard to put everything in words

What about Catherine Byers’s performance did you like?

She stayed true to the emotions in the characters

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry and lose sleep over it. I can't believe that this still happens across the world. It's terrifying to know this let alone go through it. I still don't understand why other countries are not interfering with this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Below expectations

Maybe I missed it, but I did not get to hear what became of her. I have some issue of veracity about some of the things said because I have some knowledge of Saudi Arabia and Islamic traditions. Example, the author said that women cannot enter the mosque to pray, that is not correct. Every mosque has a partition in the back for women to pray at the same time as men. At home, women will pray behind the men.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good story but...

Would you consider the audio edition of Princess to be better than the print version?

Probably not. The narrator was monotone and didn't bring much life to the audio portion of the book.

What did you like best about this story?

It was real and authentic.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Catherine Byers?

Not on purpose!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, not at all. The stories were good but 30 mins at a time was enough.

Any additional comments?

Soltana, the princess in this story was one of thousands of princesses in Saudi. In the end, she didn't accomplish anything or do anything historic or even memorable such that reading about her specifically is exciting. She just happens to be one of 21,000 members of the royal Saudi family and talks about the (undoubtedly scary) every day life of a woman in Saudi.

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Skeptical

I am very skeptical of this story so I didn't love it. I've since read mixed reviews about the veracity of this tale.

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A book for men and women. spellbinding

This is in my top 5 books to read. I think I have literally read it at least 5 times. Along with Jean Sassons other books. Fascinating subject.

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Catherine Byers is robotic

If you could sum up Princess in three words, what would they be?

Good book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Princess?

Believable, wonder if that is true

How did the narrator detract from the book?

ROBOTIC

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Authors: do not hire Catherine Byers. Worst narrator ever.<br/>

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Hopeful up to A point

This book was interesting – – it definitely offers a perspective on the horrors experienced not only by need of Saudi women, but also by women who have made their lives in Saudi Arabia. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about the story, even more than the brutality depicted, is that there is no hope expressed of any potential social change to come in the future. Changes what the princess, the protagonist, longs for, and yet at the end of the book, it's clear that her life has come full circle – – she starts off as an oppressed daughter with a domineering father and brother, and ends as a woman under the control of her husband and raising a son who will grow into the same old. I understand that social change has not been possible as yet, but it's almost as if the princess his ultimately found no joy in her life and no way to help others less fortunate than she, and we, as readers, I left with no sense of any way in which we might work toward change either. As far as the writing, there is barely a word of dialogue in the entire book, and the sense of the actual setting is vague… Barely any description of sensory detail like color or smell or anything to help us get grounded in Riyadh, The family home, or any of the other cities the princess visits. At the same time, the book is informative to anyone curious about the condition of women in Saudi Arabia from the 50s through the 1980s, The story is strong enough to keep you reading to the end, and it's a great jumping off point for anyone curious to learn more.

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Wonderful Book!

What a thought provoking book. I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks after I finished. Definitely reading the next book in the series!

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Compelling story

Interesting, authentic, real-life and eye opening perspective of Saudi Arabian culture spoken from someone who lived the experience first hand

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  • 01-05-17

Amazing story

I read this book many years ago and found it just as compelling hearing this compelling story.

Although I found the narration to be extremely robotic. Apart from that, great.

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  • marie
  • 09-28-16

very good read

This is a truly shocking account of what these poor woman have to go through on a daily basis, living with men who hide behind their religion and use it as an excuse to exploit all females
Well worth the money truly riveting !!!

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  • Abeel
  • 07-24-16

she relite my Falmes of passion for women's rights

Sasson had always spoke so deeply to my heart as a Muslim woman, knowing of how other muslim women suffered brought great relief and shukar that I was blessed with more then deserving dad and mom. sultana may crossed a line in the eyes of men. yet she did it for us, and for herself and women alike. I greatly thank her for her confidence in us. thankyou sultana

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  • Mrs. E. Arman
  • 04-17-16

Princess

What a brilliant book! the whole world needs to be told what goes on behind closed doors of the house of Saudi!

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  • 03-11-16

I love this series! A real eye opener!

If you have ever wanted to know about women under the veil in Saudi Arabia, then read this. The story is not just about the rich but also the middle class and the poor. The history is fasinating and the stories compelling!

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  • Swetha Pathikonda
  • 09-03-15

Did not hear anything that I hadn't expected.

Loved the spirited nature of the protagonist. having hailed from a relatively less patriarchal country, I could relate to some circumstances (not all).

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  • MissMouse
  • 05-31-15

Interesting story, not so well read.

What did you like best about Princess? What did you like least?

Interesting insight into Saudi royal life and gender issues.

What did you like best about this story?

Narrator's American twang & unexpressive voice sounded like a reporter.

How could the performance have been better?

Would have been more appropriate even with a Saudi accent and some feeling.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes

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  • zico
  • 10-12-17

Harsh Reality of a Womens life in Saudi

Interesting read. Left hanging at the end somewhat. Story tempered somewhat by the fact that princess Sultana has access to incredible wealth however brings meaning to the concept that money cant buy happiness

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  • Josephine
  • 10-23-16

Powerful!!

This is one of the most powerful, fascinating and beautifully written books I have ever read/listened to in my life. This book gives you a personal and in depth insight into the world of a Saudi Arabian princess, & also a look into a world that is completely dominated by men and religion. The story is touching and complex a very interesting read from start to finish.

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  • Shannon
  • 12-19-14

Heart wrenching true story

I read this book 10 years ago and it was such an eye opener to the ways of another country. This book was so good I wanted to listen to it as well. As an Australian this book and many others have opened my eyes to how females are treated in countries where Muslim is their dominate religion. It's a must read for everyone!