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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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    Victoria B. Mitchell Austin, TX 06-05-07
    Victoria B. Mitchell Austin, TX 06-05-07 Member Since 2017
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    "I'll end up buying the hard copy..."

    ... so I can go back and re-live it. Just don't listen while you're trying to drive. It made me cry. Excellent historical reference, character definition, and narration. An outstanding audio book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 10-02-12
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The more things change, the more they remain..."

    Yesterday, October 1, 2012, in Afghanistan, a women was executed, killed, murdered, call it what you will, for allegedly committing adultery. Her male partner was unpunished. In the same newscast that reported this execution, the beautiful, young, orphaned faces of a first in that country girl soccer team were shown celebrating their freedom to... to... just be girls and play soccer. Such is a taste of life and death in Afghanistan. Such is a taste of A Thousand Splendid Suns.

    The book is simply and beautifully written. If you liked the Kite Runner, you will probably appreciate this book also.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Carlsbad, CA, USA 11-10-08
    Maria Carlsbad, CA, USA 11-10-08
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    "Combined voices of Hosseini & Leoni AMAZING"

    A beautifully moving, descriptive, and incredibly sad story and Leoni's narration hits all the right notes. Her voice, too, sings and is touching and amazing. I cried many tears and I was left with a hunger for dishes from Afghanistan and for a hunger to know more about the country and it's people.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E. Schlarmann 11-08-07
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    "Gripping"

    I really enjoyed this book although it tells a heartbreaking story. If you want a real life account of some of today's oppressed middle eastern women and the lives they lead, read this book! It's compelling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danny J. Lesandrini Tucson, AZ 10-12-07
    Danny J. Lesandrini Tucson, AZ 10-12-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, but sad"

    The book is well written, and it gives you a voyeuristic view into Afghanistan, but it's so sad. I bought this book because someone said it’s not like his previous book, Kite Runner, which was also really sad to me. But it is sad. That’s why I gave it 3 stars. If you can bear the tragedy of lives destroyed by a God dishonoring culture and war mongering men, then you’ll love this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren New York, NY, USA 12-27-07
    Lauren New York, NY, USA 12-27-07
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    "Narration Takes Away From the Story"

    I couldn't get into this book at all because the narration is so unnatural. The narrator speaks in the same monotone and meter the entire time and is the same for all characters so it is very difficult to get into the story at all. I started listening to this book over 6 months ago and have since listened to 6 other books. Given the universally laudatory reviews, I have been quite disappointed that I have not been able to share such pleasure in this book.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Morriston, FM, USA 05-29-07
    Melody Morriston, FM, USA 05-29-07
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    "Wonderful"

    I could not tear myself away from this audiobook... sorry, honey and kids! The reader was excellent and the story beautifully written. I was brought to tears several times. I read The Kite Runner, now I have listen to this book. Now I await this author's next book.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-03-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Extreme Love, Perseverance where Women are OWNED"

    Beautiful, heart breaking story of three generations of Afghan women who face incredible abuse and hardship, that western women cannot even imagine. Unlikely friendships and sacrifices by the women over the span of many years and what they do to protect the children that are born to them will keep you on the edge of your seat, listening, crying, and absolutely infuriated that such injustice exists . . . even now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany E Saller Corona, CA United States 07-07-09
    Tiffany E Saller Corona, CA United States 07-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Listen, Sad History"

    I'm very glad I read this book. To see how events in Afghanistan affected people's lives, even in a fictional context, was eye opening. You'll want to listen to see what happens next, and yet because the political events are so heartless to people it breaks your heart. You almost don't want to know the next thing that will hit these people.

    This is a story of women. It jumps back and forth between two women's lives and how they learn to lean on each other to survive in war torn Afghanistan, and the sacrifices they make for each other.

    After finishing this book I am even more grateful I live where I do and not in a country torn by violence and war.

    I think I actually liked the Kite Runner a bit better, but this was definitely worth reading. The narration is also quite good. Read this one and you won't be sorry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09
    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Heartbreaking and beautiful"

    I defy any western woman to read this book and come away without being moved by how privilaged our lives are. This book is an argument against cultural tolerance, if by cultural tolerance we mean condoning the torture and enslavement of an entire gender based upon religious beliefs. The courage and love in this tale will break your heart. It is a testament to how the human spirit can survive and even thrive in the worst of circumstances.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • aziz
    11/1/17
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    "touching story of mothers love and sacrifice"

    it took a while to get through. but it really showed a beautiful story of a mother's love through intergenerational timelines. definitely worth a read once

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hatty
    10/18/17
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    "incredible"

    This book brings a beautifully melancholic feeling to a story of utter hardship. The most striking thing about this book, for me, was how the reader is spared no details in the lives of the characters and how personal the relationship is with them as a result. This book taught me about the political history of Afghanistan in a way I have never learnt history before; it brought a social side to it and personified it in the differing opinions of its characters. a troubling book but very inspiring

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    10/14/17
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    "Wonderful listen"

    I have read this book before but wanted to re-visit it and thought I'd try an audio book. I'm very glad I made the decision as the narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life. Would definitely recommend this to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    9/1/17
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    "Loved this!"

    The narrator of this book gripped me from the start. Her pronunciation and the sincerity of her voice convinced me that every word was real. Amazing book but sadhowever, it gave me perspective of my own life and made me re- affirm my belief in how lucky I really am.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Preston
    8/1/17
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    "Sad. Heart breaking but powerful story"

    I don't know why some people have complained about the narration. I thought the narrator did an excellent job. You can't expect her to read in tears every time a sad thing happens. With a story like this she would be crying while reading all the way through.

    The story is a great insight in the modern history of Afghanistan as well as being a heart wrenching story of how women are treated in some Islamic countries

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. F. P. T. Percival
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    7/21/17
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    "A fantastic narration."

    loved the narration. found it very compelling. a great way to revisit the book. I had read it a while back but needed to revisit it for supporting a student. made it easy to add another book to the read list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms R.
    7/1/17
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    "A challenging listen"

    Had to listen in two stages as the story became harrowing. Worth persevering with. Full of heart and tragedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/1/17
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    "As sad as beautiful"

    Loved the story although sad. unfortunately it is reality for many woman out there who fight.
    let's hope for a better future.
    The book is really rich with detailed descriptions that made me dream and almost smell and feel it as reality. this writer is a genius. well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. L. Mason
    Spain
    6/28/17
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    "Tasteful but distant"

    A book of considerable artistry but somewhat distant in feeling. The sort of novel that makes for a highly atmospheric film, but not particularly enveloping to read. The lives of a small Afghan family spanning three generations is both moving and inspiring, yet rather monotonous and repetitive. It is a superior work but very much let down by a performance that borders on Apple's Siri type of modulation, although Siri would probably have made a better job of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/26/17
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    "A hugely insightful and touching story."

    A well written, beautiful, sad and inspiring story of resilience, stoicism, love, hate and strength. It will make you cry, laugh, smile and sigh. I both dreaded and looked forward to the next page. Not for the faint hearted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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