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The new, impeccable translation and adaptation of the Epic of Persian Kings by Ahmad Sadri brought to life a host of heroic characters and wove their adventures into a thrilling story spanning thousands of years. Containing four grand tragedies and four beautiful love stories, the audiobook is currently going into its fifth edition. It has been a smashing success. We are delighted to present a 12-hour audio experience of this text (performed by the award-winning voice actor, Marc Thompson) against the backdrop of evocative sound design and music editing of Hamid Rahmanian the creator of the Shahnameh project.

Now, make sure you have a good set of headphone/speakers and tighten your seat belts. This immersive audio experience will take you on a journey back to the soundscape of ancient Iranian heroes, monsters, lovers, and warriors. This is going to be one heck of a ride. 

About the Book: Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings is the illustrated edition of the classic work written over one thousand years ago by Abolqasem Ferdowsi, one of Persia's greatest poets. This new prose translation of the national epic is illuminated with over 500 pages of illustrations and will be published in April 2013. The lush and intricate illustrations in this edition have been created by award-winning graphic artist and filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian, incorporating images from the pictorial tradition of the Persianate world from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The new translation and adaptation by Ahmad Sadri, retells the mythological and epic stories of the original poem in prose format. This Shahnameh is an extraordinary literary and artistic accomplishment. 

Published by Liveright , distributed by W. W. Norton & Company Hardcover with slipcase, 592 pages, 500+ four-color illustrations ISBN 978-1-63149-446-8

©2013 Hamid Rahmanian (P)2017 Hamid Rahmanian

Critic Reviews

"Creating this audiobook breathes new life into the Shahnameh stories. It is an immersive experience, making these ancient tales tangible for those who are new to these incredible heroic stories and a delight for those already familiar with the poem" (Francis Ford Coppola)

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A tremendous auditory experience

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I greatly enjoyed listening to the Shahnameh Audio book. The original book is a long poem with many intertwined stories, hard even for the native Persian speakers to access all its details. This audio book, however, makes the core of the book available to everyone who can understand English. With a epic style narration, this auditory English version echos thousands of years of tradition of graphic storytelling. What I like the most about this version is inclusion of snippets of what could be called the wisdom of the Shahnameh. Ferdowsi did not want to only tell the story of king, but in those stories he masterfully places emphasis on virtues such as kindness, justice over vices—glorifying good people and actions and criticize bad people and their actions, whoever they are. The Shahnameh is not a book of glorifying a particular group, it is one glorifying virtuous deeds and it is great this has been conveyed in this audio book.

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an epic like no other

for years the shahnameh has fascinated me... this audiobook is a good representation of the original epic

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Great performance, amazing story

I've been dying to read Shahnameh for a long time. Now, I'm INCREDIBLY happy that this version exists to bring it to life - THANK YOU!!!

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Fabulous version for Shahnameh

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, definitely recommended for everyone specifically non-Iranian literature lovers. It is best resource to be familiarized with old Persian culture.

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Translation

This book was written during the time of the Persian Empire and the translation does not address Persia but instead identifies Iran as the place this story was written. This takes away the ancient mystery of the entire tale. What a shame.

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I loved it!

I loved this epic! It has a bit of everything- romance, war, revenge, adventure... you name it.

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A unique and refreshing audio book experience.

I listen to a lots of spoken words and audiobooks but this one is different. In some chapters you feel you are in the space and even more. Specially chapter 9th and 14th. The production value of this project is just awesome. Highly recommended for the long trip or even in the gym! I myself listen to it mostly on the subway! chapter a day!

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magnificent audiobook and cool sound effects!

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook a lot; the sound imitation and background sound effects made it seem like as if you were watching a movie! I highly recommend this :)

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Epic

This was a great listen. While it's not the full Shahnameh (it ends around the death of Rustam), it was a truly epic listen, full of wise kings, proud heros, and surprisingly complex lessons about the virtues of patience, tolerance, and courage. It is not simply tales of physical bravery, but also of strained family relationships and the tragic consequences of pride. The narration sometimes is a little distracting (the women all sound the same, for example), as are the sound effects, but the music and the ambience is general helps keep the pace exciting and engaging. I loved this story and am now going to read the whole translation. 5/5!

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