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A Thousand Splendid Suns Audiobook

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Stephen Chicago, IL, United States 04-22-11
    Stephen Chicago, IL, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Solid story and the reader Atossa is perfect"

    Khaled continues his great work as usual but Atossa's performance brings the story to life

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    Wayne Temecula, CA, United States 04-03-11
    Wayne Temecula, CA, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Women's Rights"

    I pray no Muslim cleric puts a jihad on this author. He took a big risk in portraying the culture of Islam and how these men in the Middle East operate. It is a caveman culture of male domination over women. The more I listened to this book the more I hated Rasheed and this culture. I pray that Sharia law never takes hold in America. I don't see how it could. That is what these a-holes fear, that they can't keep their power because their women become educated and westernized. Since we in America have a technoligical advantage and a history of women's rights I can't see Sharia law taking hold in America. America will not tolerate it. But the fact remains that this mentality exists in these Middle Eastern countries. And frankly, it makes me sick.

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    Bill New Lenox, IL, United States 03-10-11
    Bill New Lenox, IL, United States 03-10-11
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    "This is not "Kite Runner", but it's still good"

    The only fault in this book is that it follows "The Kite Runner". Without the expectations I had after reading TKR I would have loved this book. I still 'love' it, but it leaves me wanting more. The story reveals a great deal more about the Afghani people and their culture. At the end of a Hosseini book I'm left loving the characters. They are so real and so Afghan. This is a great read, but beware of heightened expectations.

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    Lydia 01-07-11
    Lydia 01-07-11
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    "Makes You Thankful"

    This is a lovely yet tragic story....so sad to realize that this sorrow still continues in our world today. The story will make you truly grateful for what you have. I would recommend this book.

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    Becka Algonquin, IL, United States 11-18-10
    Becka Algonquin, IL, United States 11-18-10
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    "Tragic, engrossing, beautiful"

    This was my Audible-version of an 'NPR Driveway Moment'. Countless nights I pulled into the garage and kept the story going to the point that my partner had to come to the door to see why I hadn't come inside yet. Hosseini has done it again, with such marvelous characters and rich story, to enable us to see and feel what may be thought of as strange, far-away lands and make it feel like home. I just finished listening, in tears. It's a long story, but I never wanted it to end. Beautifully written, beautiful narration.

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    Asiye Gokdar 11-16-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Writing, Painful Story"

    I read this book, because I greatly enjoyed The Kite Runner. This book is the account of the extremely sad story of two women whose lives were broken by the cultural hierarchy and political turmoil of Afghanistan. Listening to how these women move on with their lives while their small hopes are being mercilessly crushed, their bodies violated, their freedom taken away, is truly heart wrenching.

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    Susi Peoria, AZ, United States 07-22-10
    Susi Peoria, AZ, United States 07-22-10
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    "WOW! Great story to listen to!"

    I had read this book before having listened to it, and enjoyed it greatly, but listening to the audiobook was a special treat. The story of Mariam and Laila and the times they they lived in Afghanistan was amazing. I highly reccomend this book!

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    Donna A Massachusetts 07-13-10
    Donna A Massachusetts 07-13-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Terrible Recording"

    I read the Kite Runner, couldn't put the book down and was moved to tears at times - absolutely loved the book .. Khaled Hosseini wrote such a compiling story with the Kite Runner I had to read A Thousand Splendid Suns - I choose to get the Audio version of this book and what a mistake; I should be giving this book at least 5 starts but the recording is so dreadful that the best I can do is 2 stars. Atossa Leoni was clearly chosen because of her Afghan ancestry and her capability to pronunciation of all the Afghan words. But that is about the only thing going for her in her reading of this book; the reading is chopping, she drops her voice on the last word of every sentence, her wording is frequently rendered ungrammatical by breaks at the wrong points, her vocal range makes for a boring and often thorny listening experience. And I still have 6 more hours to go.

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    Paul 07-09-10
    Paul 07-09-10 Member Since 2007

    always looking for my next 'driveway' book

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    "Confusing writing and depressing."

    In fairness just not my kind of writing or genre.
    I found myself zoning out and hitting the playback on every listen. Does have a degree of emotional punch but full of angst.

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    Oliver 06-01-10
    Oliver 06-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good"

    Another good, but pretty dismal book of life in the east. Well written and easy to follow, but it is pretty depressing. I would listen to it again.

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