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For the Love of a Son

One Afghan Woman's Quest for Her Stolen Child
Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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From the time she was a little girl, Maryam rebelled against the terrible second-class existence that was her destiny as an Afghan woman. She had witnessed the miserable fate of her grandmother and three aunts, and wished she had been born a boy. As a feisty teenager in Kabul, she was outraged when the Russians invaded her country. After she made a public show of defiance, she had to flee the country for her life. A new life of freedom seemed within her grasp, but her father arranged a traditional marriage to a fellow Afghan, who turned out to be a violent man. Beaten, raped, and abused, Maryam found joy in the birth of a baby son. But then her brutal husband stole him away far beyond his mother's reach. For many long years she searched for her lost son, while civil war and Taliban oppression raged back home in Afghanistan.

Set against a landscape littered with tragic tales of horrific suffering, Jean Sasson, author of Princess, chronicles the story of one resolute but tormented woman determined to achieve freedom and equality with men.

©2010 The Sasson Corporation (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Stacy
  • Baton Rouge, LA, United States
  • 04-04-16

About all stories have a happy ending

I won't give details about what happens but I'm the kind of person who likes to feel a sense of completion at the end of a book. I've loved all of the other books by this author but this one left me unnerved. Maybe it's because I have a son myself so I could imagine some of these things happening. I know that life doesn't always have a happy ending but if you're the kind of person who likes to read books that have a resolution, you may not be happy with the resolution of this book.

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  • CG
  • 02-28-19

Heartbreaking

An enlightening journey through the life of a family in war torn Afghanistan and the horrors committed under the guise of Islam.

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  • Suzduz
  • 02-16-15

Gripping

Would you consider the audio edition of For the Love of a Son to be better than the print version?

Has given mea very good idea about the plight of In Afghanistan

What other book might you compare For the Love of a Son to, and why?

Similar to the Princess trilogy in that a arab woman's plight is so totally Unfair and so sad. Both women are extremely brave.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I can't say it was enjoyed more educational but written so well I could imagine it all.

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

Yes the description of her grandmothers life, her incredible fight to keep her son and then utter dismay that her son had been so brainwashed he wanted to rape and kill her.

Any additional comments?

I pray that one day all Arab women will have the same freedom I have.

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  • Jodie Blampied
  • 11-15-18

help the women in Afghanistan

I felt like there was more about her life before she got to her son but it gave a good overview of life for Afghan women and was an amazing and sad story!! held my interest all the way thru and didn't want the story to end!