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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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    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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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 01-13-09
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 01-13-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Unpleasant Subject, Pleasant Story"

    I chose this book as a lesson in culture and wan't dissappointed. This is not main street America. Characters are wonderful. I found myself screaming at them, crying for them, loving with them.

    It was a fairy tale ending of sorts, but I still did not want it to end. Truly, this book was a treasure to find.

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    Gary 12-08-08
    Gary 12-08-08 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best this year!"

    Being a Soldier deploying to Afghanistan, I was surprised at the cultural awareness this book enlightened me with. Not only a great plot, but also gives you some insight into the daily lives of Afghans that few will otherwise discover. I found myself sitting in my car listening to the book even after I had arrived at my destination!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 12-04-08
    Gary MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 12-04-08 Member Since 2010

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    "Great follow up by Khaled Hosseini"

    Another spectacular book from Khaled Hosseini. Where the Kite Runner focused on a friendship between males this is from a female perspective. This book incorporates a great story with real events in Afghanistan history. I'm so happy I listened to the book rather than read it. Khaled Hosseini authentic narration made me feel like I was revisiting a familiar area of the world. It also helped me fully understand the struggle women have at that time (and still today).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Denton 09-27-08
    R. Denton 09-27-08
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    "The Splendid Sun"

    We are introduced to two women whose lives eventually cross and entangle in a very intimate way. The narration is masterful, as the author (while invisable) leaves the reader in suspense. Just when one thinks the plot is figured out, there is a shift (it is an earned shift with all the clues there when one goes back and considers the events). My favorite line "A man's accusing finger always finds a woman." It is a woman's novel dealing with women's issues. Perfect for teaching in a women's lit. class. The best book I've read in a very long time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 08-17-08
    Kimberly 08-17-08 Member Since 2017

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    "A Thousand Splendid Suns"

    I struggle with reviewing these books but this one I would like to submit my opinion. It is disturbing on so many levels and my mind wonders back to it even though I read it in February.

    The characters are oppressed and if one thinks they are one directional I would challenge anyone to live through that and not be. It speaks to the human spirit and the ability to suffer anything and still cling to hope.

    Be prepared for physical and emotional subjucation of women; daily violence and the result of absolute power; in small and large arenas.

    Very good read; I understand it is fiction and would like to know how much of it is true.

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    Deborah Parker, CO USA 06-16-08
    Deborah Parker, CO USA 06-16-08 Member Since 2003
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    "More PLEASE!"

    This author is inspired. After Kite Runner and ATSS I would buy anything he writes!! Very, very good.

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    Alexandra Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-26-08
    Alexandra Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-26-08
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    "Tragic tale of Afgani women"

    In comparison to Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" which has an incredible emotional richness, this book was a bit dry and one-directional; the characters were described in daily chores and less by their unspoken thoughts.

    Be prepared for the prevailing theme of physical and emotional suffering of women living in the world where war, violence, and men rule with iron fists.

    How much more do I appreciate my life, education, and equality.

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    Carol anderson, SC, USA 03-05-08
    Carol anderson, SC, USA 03-05-08
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    "fabulous"

    Absolutely loved this book. It has everything; great characters, wonderfully descriptive writing, and an interesting and unpredictable plot. It was a fascinating glimpse into the Afghan culture and the narrator was excellent. Hated for it to end.

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    Esther Monroe, WI, USA 02-11-08
    Esther Monroe, WI, USA 02-11-08
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    "Intriguing and Educational..."

    This is a great book, not only for it's entertainment value, but also for it's realistic and historical look at life in Afghanistan over the past few decades.

    Because this book was in different "parts" (4, to be exact), the first couple of parts did not do much to tell me how they connected, but parts 3 and 4 wrap it all up together, and it comes together and concludes nicely!

    This book was pretty "calm" when it related to the husband/wife relationship in Afghanistan. It was often much worse than that, but this book did not go into great detail about the misery of women in Afghanistan during the Taliban era. (A great book to read is "The Sultan's Daughters", which goes into great detail about the life of women in Saudi Arabia, and does a better job at portraying the hypocrisy of Muslim men in these strictly Islamic countries.)

    All in all, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” audio book was a very well written book and read very skillfully. It kept my attention clear through the 11+ hours it took to finish it. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in Mid-Eastern culture.

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    9/8/16
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    "Insightful, harrowing and beautiful all in one"

    Personally, I found the story tricky to get to grips with at the beginning. It didn't immediately hook me in, but I persevered and it was worth it. The story is captivating, the prose is beautiful, the characters feel real and the setting is harrowing.

    The book gives an insight into a world so far away from my own experience, yet one which exists in the same age and on the same earth as mine. As a woman, I found this to be an important book; allowing a level of understanding as to what life might be like for women in Afghanistan.

    I found the reader difficult to engage with at times. Her style felt quite flat in comparison to other books I have read. But I got used to it and by the end, I felt like her steadiness was appropriate for the context of this book.

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    "Stick with it its truely inspiring"

    The plot really opens your eyes up into how hard life can be in the Middle East. I was very impressed with the authors vivid descriptions. Completely recommend this book.

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    "Heartbreaking work of genius"

    Brilliant novel; searingly painful but a compelling read. I had to adapt to the curious vocal phrasing of the narrator which put me off at first but the story powered through. Read it and you will be angered, saddened and humbled.

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  • Dr S.
    4/22/16
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    "Hard to get into but hugely rewarding"

    Boy do you grow to care for the central characters, and for Afghanistan. The pronunciation of names will live on long in my memory.
    The graphic description of Sharia law (as implemented by the Taliban) and its impact on women is so educational.
    I feel hugely emotionally and factually enriched by this book.

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  • Mrs. E. Arman
    Aldingbourne., UK
    4/20/16
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    "A thousand splendid suns"

    This book has been a gripping read from start to finish.It makes a pleasant change to have a book that says it as it is.

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  • Becki
    2/29/16
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    "captivating"

    finished in two days. incredible. Wonderful insight into Afghanistans history and how things have transpired. Beautiful characters

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  • Amazon Customer
    2/20/16
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    "Best book Ive read in 10 years!"

    Thoroughly good story, embedded with culture. Had to turn speed down slightely to appreciate fully, but read brilliantly.

    My second Audible book - and LOVED it. Have already downloaded The Kite Runner! :)

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  • p sweeney
    2/5/16
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    "Thought provoking"

    It makes you think about different cultures and events.
    A very special book, full of emotions.

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  • Catherine
    1/5/16
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    "Brilliant!"

    I've been an avid reader for as far back as I can remember and this is my standout favourite book. There's nothing more to say.

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  • Sheila
    11/6/15
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    "Poor reading skills"

    The reader paused slightly every few words, which disturbed the flow of the story. She also read at the same pitch of voice and at the same speed all the time, using no expression.

    I do hope you get someone else to read this and use a better version instead of this one. The story is well worth listening to, but the reader was really irritatingly bad.

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