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The Blood of Flowers Audiobook

The Blood of Flowers

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: I knew Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo from her Oscar-nominated performance in The House of Sand and Fog, and hoped for another star turn in her narration of Anita Amirrezvanivs debut novel - I wasn't disappointed. Aghdashloo's deep, raspy voice is absolutely haunting, whether describing the (surprisingly) fascinating intricacies of rug-making or re-telling the Iranian folktales that are woven into the story. A colorful, lush tale that I didn't want to end. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

Despite her lowly station, the young woman blossoms as a brilliant designer of carpets, a rarity in a craft dominated by men. But while her talent flourishes, her prospects for a happy marriage grow dim. Forced into a secret marriage to a wealthy man, the young woman finds herself faced with a daunting decision: forsake her own dignity, or risk everything she has in an effort to create a new life.

©2007 Anita Amirrezvani; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Sumptuous imagery and a modern sensibility...make this a winning debut." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 05-23-13
    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2009

    Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.

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    "Fascinating Look into Persian Culture of the Past"

    I work in a Persian culture and enjoyed listening to this book and seeing what is still very much the same in today's Persian culture and what is not. I liked the description of the homes, bath houses, food and bazaar—so much is still the same today! I could have done without the graphic sex scenes, as it stopped me from recommending it to some of the Persian women I work with. The narrator did an excellent job.

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    Erica San Antonio, TX, United States 05-18-13
    Erica San Antonio, TX, United States 05-18-13
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    Anita Amirrezvani creates an incredibly original story, and Shohreh Aghdashloo is enchanting. You will be enthralled!

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    Daleya SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT, United States 04-17-13
    Daleya SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blood of Flowers to be better than the print version?

    Probably. I've never read the book but I absolutely LOVED the narrators voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the culture itself: the food they ate, the customs in marriage and the relationships between the families were the most interesting. There is an order to many things they did and how they did them. I liked hearing about the different social "rules" they all seemed to live by.


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

    She has the most rich and beautiful voice. I wish she would read everything else I've purchased! It felt as if she WAS the girl in the book, speaking from a long time in the future. I loved listening to her voice. She added much to this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think when the main character resorted to begging and eventually agreeing to sell herself for an hour for some meat to save her starving Mom....that was moving. I was able to imagine myself in her situation and think about what I would do. It helped me understand how really many things that are done, whether we believe they are wrong or right, are justified and how one comes to be in a bad situation.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book! I thought there was too much detail in the many sexual scenes but the author's voice made them seem more explanatory than graphic.

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    Carrie Toronto, ON, Canada 03-05-13
    Carrie Toronto, ON, Canada 03-05-13
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    "A beautiful story and glimpse of a different time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a beautifully written and superbly narrated story that will capture the mind and imagination of anyone interested in the history of women.


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    Erin Portland 02-19-13
    Erin Portland 02-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "I learned so much!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Blood of Flowers the most enjoyable?

    The performance is excellent, it put me in the setting. The plot intertwined stories, the craft of Persian rug making, and a woman's struggle to become her own entity in a more challenging place and time. So good!


    What about Shohreh Aghdashloo’s performance did you like?

    Her voice evokes the setting and mood perfectly.


    If you could take any character from The Blood of Flowers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would have to be the lead, I would want to listen about rug making and tell her how times and resulting freedoms for women have changed and are continuing to change.


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    Nancy L. Collins 02-08-13

    Nancy Collins

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    "Couldn't put it down"
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    Incredible story with rich descriptions and characterizations. Shohreh Aghdashloo is an incredible narrator with a deep voice that added to the richness of the experience. I was transported to a different world and time.

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    Rebecca Sandy, UT, United States 02-06-13
    Rebecca Sandy, UT, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Beautiful and haunting life of a woman."

    Listening to the purest heart of a woman figuring out how to survive her fate is timeless.

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    Sue Loberger Peoria, AZ USA 01-22-13
    Sue Loberger Peoria, AZ USA 01-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wonderful book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Blood of Flowers the most enjoyable?

    The narrator couldn't have been better. She was able to give me the feeling of being right there. The story was also enlightening and also made me feel like I was living in that time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood of Flowers?

    When they were all living in poverty and the heroine was able to bring them out of it with her skills and determination not to be beaten down.


    What about Shohreh Aghdashloo’s performance did you like?

    The softness with which she read the book. She seemed to immerse herself into the performance.


    If you could take any character from The Blood of Flowers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take the heroine to be able to talk to her about the admiration I have for her.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was outstanding and helped me to understand the culture and religion of the times.

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    Rockfish TX United States 01-14-13
    Rockfish TX United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Beautiful Listen!"

    I did not want this book to end. I worked in the garden for 4 hours each of two days just so I wouldn't be interrupted by the world inside. This was a lovely story and was so beautifully read. I have not been so caught up since I began audible listening 3 years ago. I believe that in this case the audible version surely bests the written word--Shohreh's voice carried me away. The interview with the author at the end was a wonderful closing. Those who create with fabric, yarns, weaving--even painters--should enjoy the discussion of colors, techniques, design of the carpets. I am not an artist but would not have tired had there been more of this description. A beautiful listen.

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    Mrs. K 01-13-13
    Mrs. K 01-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully told story"
    Where does The Blood of Flowers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite audiobooks so far. It is a wonderfully rich story filled with culture and history. The characters are interesting and the story twists and turns. I absolutely loved Shohreh Aghdashloo's voice and performance.


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