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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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    Baishakh Mishra Memphis, TN 07-06-12
    Baishakh Mishra Memphis, TN 07-06-12

    Baishakh

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    "Emotional Journey into 30 years of Afghanistan"
    If you could sum up A Thousand Splendid Suns in three words, what would they be?

    Adversity, Courage, Patience


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Laila...<br/>Between Laila and Marium, Laila will be my favorite character. Laila is stronger person than Marium. She loved Tariq and choose to live the unbearable life, even after she lost everything, just to give a good life to her and Tariq's child.


    What does Atossa Leoni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Khalid Hosseni wrote a beautiful book. Even though he is a man, he brought the female perspective quite nicely. But Atossa read it with conviction.


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

    Yes


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    Marilyn Oakland, CA, United States 06-05-12
    Marilyn Oakland, CA, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Painfully Wonderful"

    Like Kite Runner, this book manages to be a beautiful tale even as it details the hardships and injustices suffered by the two women protagonists. This book moved me.

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    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 06-03-12
    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful!"

    After having been swept up in Hosseini's "Kite Runner", I immediately purchased this novel. It was just as glorious. I really enjoyed the narrator. The story was very compelling and easy to follow. This is a must read for men and women alike...my favorite aspect of the book was the undying sisterhood forged between two of the most unlikely women.

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    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 05-18-12
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Masterpiece"

    At first, the book was a little bit boring. I stopped twice, thought I should read another book. Thought the author was unease with the story and I couldn't empathize with the characters. But then, comes Layla. And the story begins to run, the author just "flows", and Afghanistan becomes a land of nobody. I traced a parallel with my life, were I was when all that chaos and disgrace happened. I thanked all the blessings I had in my own life and, what a big luck I got for not living in a place like that. For not taste war and blood the way so many people tasted. Loved the book. Thought this one was better than the Kite Runner, denser, more realistic. Maybe I was a little bit harsh with its beginning.

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    Mary 04-18-12
    Mary 04-18-12
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    "Almost as good as "The Kite Runner""
    If you could sum up A Thousand Splendid Suns in three words, what would they be?

    Hosseini creates reality


    What other book might you compare A Thousand Splendid Suns to and why?

    "The Kite Runner" is set in the same time and general location, and Hosseini tells the Western reader about Middle-Eastern culture, but this is an entirely different story.


    What does Atossa Leoni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The feminine voice


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    Rachel AURORA, CO, United States 04-09-12
    Rachel AURORA, CO, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2017
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    "A Life-Changing Novel"

    A beautifully written epic about the struggles of women in Afghanistan. It was a difficult read but such an important one. At times I thought it was getting too long and involved, but it came together perfectly by the end. I fell in love with the two main characters and have thought of them often since I finished the book. Most of all, this book made me think about the world and my place in it--it made me profoundly grateful for my life, my family, and my freedoms.

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    Casey INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 03-10-12
    Casey INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Thousand Splendid Suns to be better than the print version?

    I would consider the audio version better than the print version. This is one of the first books I have done an audio version of and I highly recommend it. The Middle Eastern vocabulary was nice to hear pronounced correctly. It was also like story telling. The narrator had good inflection in her voice. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen. The characters and their troubles were real. I was emotionally vested in this book. I would definitely like to read the Kite Runner too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way I felt attached to the characters, especially Lila.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite scenes was when Miriam, Lila, and Aziza were trying to leave Rashid but were caught at the bus station. I had such hope for them.


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

    No


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    Joanne 02-29-12
    Joanne 02-29-12
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    "An excellent listen"
    What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Splendid Suns the most enjoyable?

    The story was unforgettable, tragic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader obviously knew the language and could communicate her knowledge of the place and its people easily. The story, although tragic in nature, was spell-binding and educational.


    Which character – as performed by Atossa Leoni – was your favorite?

    All the characters were believable; I had the most sympathy, of course, for Mariam.


    If you could take any character from A Thousand Splendid Suns out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I don;'t think I could take a character to dinner because I feel inadequate to their suffering, and I lack the cultural knowledge for that.


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    E. Covington 12-12-11 Member Since 2005
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    "My favorite audible book of all time"
    If you could sum up A Thousand Splendid Suns in three words, what would they be?

    Deeply moving story


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

    This is a heart breaking, meaningful and uplifting book. I wanted to finish it but did not want it to end. Beautifully drawn characters who I actually cared about. Courage, strength, human fragility all swirled into modern headlines. Loved it!


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    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 12-08-11
    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 12-08-11 Member Since 2013

    I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!

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    "Not as good as the Kite Runner"

    I wanted to read this book because I loved the Kite Runner so much. The reader is a women, and it was the first time I have listen to one in an audibook. Although strange at first, I started to love the way she read, making the story even more interesting. I love the Afghan words in the middle of the audiobook, making it so much reacher then a book.

    Unfortunately the story was not as good as the Kite Runner. I read it more to pass time then for interested, the story has not hocked me. If you havent read it, I really recommend the Kite Runner

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  • Siobhan
    Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    7/31/07
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    "Passionate story, passionless reading"

    It is sheer testament to the beauty and lyrical passion of Hosseini's writing that the story still lives and breathes beyond the unemotional (whilst perfectly pronounced), characterless reading by Atossa Leoni.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    Romford, Essex, United Kingdom
    7/15/07
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    "A Thousand Splendid Suns"

    The book had me hooked from the beginning, its a VERY graphic account in life in Afghanistan during the occupation by the Russians and under the Talibans. At some points I dreaded listening scared of what was to follow next. If you like fairytales with everyone living happily ever after this is not for you. But for me it gave me an insight into Moslem life and an awareness of how lucky we are in the Western World.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    SAFFRON WALDEN, Essex, United Kingdom
    2/6/08
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    "Recommended - but not much fun"

    I don't think that 'enjoyment' is quite the right word to describe how I felt while listening to this. If I had been reading, I would have said that it was a real page-turner, as I was gripped by the narrative, and all the time wanted to find out what was going to happen next to Mariam and Laila. I kept waiting and hoping for something nice to happen - but it never did.
    It was a good insight into the politics of Afghanistan, without feeling like a history lesson. The writing was vivid, and brought to life both urban and rural landscapes.
    I felt very sad at the end, as while there is a suggestion of hope, we now know what has happened in Afghanistan since. Just supposing Laila was a real character rather than fictional, I wouldn't rate her chances very highly.
    It was beautifully read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    9/6/07
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    "The best novelist of our generation?"

    Simply a stunning book that engrosses from start to finish. If you liked the Kite Runner, you will love this. Khalid Hosseini is quickly becoming the best novelist of his generation

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey
    5/20/08
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    "A Thousand splendid suns"

    This book is wonderful but if you want a nice book then don't read this one, good job I was listening and not reading as I wouldn't have been able to see the pages from the tears. The two women in this book have a terrible life and you are captivated by their strength. A wonderful story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    United Kingdom
    3/27/08
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    "A compelling listen"

    This fascinating book gives a detailed insight into the lives of Moslem women in Afghanistan during a turbulent time. The attitude of their men towards them is almost unbelievable to Western women. We can be grateful that our life is unlike theirs (in normal circumstances) as it could possibly be. The bravery of the two main characters, knowing the possible punishments for their bid for freedom, takes ones breath away and life has to go on hold while you wait to hear how the story unfolds. A great listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Vicky
    Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    4/21/10
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    "A beautifully written tragic story with hope"

    I absolutely loved listening to this book. It was so well written that I was in the book living the lives of those two heroic women. I was totally absorbed and had to sit in the car at the end of my journey so that I could carry on listening. It has also taught me about Afganistan and the issues that they have had to contend with. Well worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    1/31/09
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    "Over-rated and poorly read"

    I think this book is very over-rated. It certainly makes you very, very aware, painfully aware of the horrors of life in Afghanistan, for women particularly, but so much of the novel dwells on the trivia of day to day exitance. It reads like an airport novel for much of its length.
    Everything is dictated by events and chracter analysis is minimal. We do not explore the characters in any depth, but see only the events which happen to them.
    The final quarter of the book is very moving however.
    My wife tells me I'm wrong - so was I perhaps turned off by the flat, characterless reading of Atossa Leoni with her stange hesitancies which broke up phrases and destroyed sense. Such an amateur reading style.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    St Agnes, United Kingdom
    8/9/11
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    "Emotional & wonderful"

    This is simply the best book I have read/listened too in a very long time. The characters were beautiful & I really found myself caring about them deeply. I didn't think the Kite Runner could be beaten but this story was so gripping I found myself thinking about it all the time. I think everyone should read this beautiful book as it gives such insight into ordinary women, the true heroines of this awful time. This book gives Afganistan a human face rather than the picture built up by war & the Taliban.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gerd
    London, United Kingdom
    4/18/11
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    "Splendid"

    What a fantastic book! Gives you a real insight into what it is (or was) like growing up as a woman in Afghanistan, especially under the Taliban regime and the utter disregard for women's human rights there. All the serious stuff aside, the book is full of sights and smell and texures and has really made me want to go there and see the place for myself. It has pointed out to me that beyond the war and suppression it is a country full of history and beauty that is deserving of attention in its own right. With regards to the narration, it is (suitably so) read by a woman who obviously has the right cultural background, as every local name or Farsi/Pashtun word is pronounced like a local, making the whole experience more believable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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