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Publisher's Summary

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of 30 years of Afghanistan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever-escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

©2007 TKR Publications, LLC. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Another searing epic....[Hosseini's] tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unimaginably tragic, Hosseini's magnificent second novel is a sad and beautiful testament to both Afghani suffering and strength. Readers who lost themselves in The Kite Runner will not want to miss this unforgettable follow up." (Booklist)

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  • Jeanie
  • Cornelius, NC, USA
  • 10-31-07

Truly a literary work

True literature gently opens the mind like a spell. Words flow into the reader's soul like water and paint pictures of the places and the people that populate the story. Such is Hosseini's work as he takes us into the lives of a beautifully human people as they struggle to live and grow in a hostile, dangerous and hate filled place. Read it, share it and grow yourself.

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Don't read if you are sensitive to cruelty.

The writing and performance are done well, but the story is just too hard to stomach. It was a book club selection. That is the only reason I even tried it, as I hated The Kite Runner, by same author.

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Loved it!!

What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Splendid Suns the most enjoyable?

Wow! What a wonderful way to walk in the shoes of Afghan women during one of the countrys most tumultuous times. I learned so much from these AMAZING and strong women. Highly recommend.

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Excellent narration

I was hooked from the first chapter! The narration is beautifully done. The story in intense and eye opening.

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Beautifully written, but flat narrating

The author has the wonderful ability to say just enough about some things that you know what is implied, and at the same time describe certain things with delicate detail.
Also, the mentions of Afghani culture, language, foods, and customs is so beautifully interwoven into the story line. His descriptions of the joys, the hardships, the positives, and the negatives are captivating.
My only negative criticism of the audio book is the narrator, who I don't think did any of the characters justice. The book has many emotionally charged moments that were all read with the same flat tone.

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Read it twice!!!

One of my all time favorite books. Heart-breakingly addicted. Just as good the second time through.

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Fantastic

Beautifully written and women and history and Afghanistan... I listened to this story for 2 days straight. After that, I recommended this book to everyone!

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A little disappointed

I am in love with is book and the author. The Narrator is amazing at telling the story. On the other hand I have a hard copy of this book and I have found that the narrator is skipping sections of the book here and there. This is only my second book on Audible so I don't know if this is normal or not.

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touching and amazing

I loved it and it was amazing with a touching story and an amazing plot.

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The storyline itself is amazing

I very much enjoyed listening to this book. However I noticed it doesn't actually follow the book. I'm currently reading this book in my English class and when I'm at home I like to listen to the story rather than read it,but when I got to class I realized there are huge chunks that I never listened to on the audiobook. Other than that the story was amazing and the narration was great.

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  • Eirian
  • 10-11-08

A powerful and moving social history

I'd never read any of Khalid Hosseini's books before, so, when I saw this advertised as an audiobook, I thought I'd give it a go.

I was not disappointed: this was one of the most powerfully moving books I have ever read. By writing about the lives of 2 ordinary, yet extraordinary women, Hosseini paints a vivid and gripping picture of life in Afghanistan during the past 25 years.

Fabulous!

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  • Esther Loftus Gough
  • 07-30-17

A thousand splendid suns - another best read

Fabulous reading- a little slow to get started but once gripped by the unfolding saga I couldn't put the book down. Great reading.

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  • Wendy Nightingale
  • 07-02-17

Amazing book

This was such a lovely book that tells the story of 2 women living in Afghanistan; it addresses suppression and the horror of living with such a brutal man. So well written and the descriptions are amazing. 2nd time I've read the story and I love it.

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  • P.B
  • 03-22-11

A Thousand Splendid Suns

An extremely moving if not accurate account of the turmoil, tragedy and heartbreak that Afghans have lived with for decades!
And now one only hopes that there can be a sequel soon that will see such a beautiful country and innocent people restored to their former glory & happiness!

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  • Nicole
  • 06-20-08

Uplifting

I don't usually like fiction, but this book is an exception. It takes you on a journey that leaves you feeling like you've been very lucky to get a glimpse into the lives of others.

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  • Tony
  • 04-28-08

See inside the Afgan life

Reading it is like being there when it happened, good times and many bad times though Afghanistan from King to Taliban to today, why are men so coldly cruel to women and other men, a deep insight, and deeply distressing but a wonderful read.

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  • Sairose
  • 09-15-07

Absorbing

An insightful narrative into how women endure and survive and a wonderful taste of Afghan culture and history. Not for those looking for a light happy read as it was upsetting in parts.

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  • Oliver
  • 06-21-08

painful

I confess I only got half-way through as I couldn't bear any more misery. Clumsy miserablist writing with a heavy dose of the worthies. Avoid.

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  • Sleep Tech
  • 02-09-15

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Probably one of the best audio books I have listened to. Power entertaining & interesting stories from Khaled Hosseini. Beautiful narrator.