The Forty Rules of Love

Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, read by George Blagden.

Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella's life - an emptiness once filled by love.  

So when Ella reads a manuscript about the 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his 40 rules of life and love, she is shocked out of herself. Turning her back on her family, she embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work.  

It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored....

©2019 Elif Shafak (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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A touching story and an equally touching narration

The book has successfully given life to many characters, each of which had their own beliefs and opinions. The narrator did a great job embodying the different characters and distinguishing between them. The only reason I didn't rate it as a 5 star book was because of the gloominess that surrounded the final chapters.

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Surprising, captivating, and thought provoking.

I thought this was going to be another trendy Middle Eastern romantic story. It came recommended by people who's views I admired, so I read it. It ended up redefining many skewed meanings I had in my mind about the religious and (or should I say v.s) spiritual areas of life. Will probably read it again at another point in time. Highly recommended if you're a 'truth seeker'. George Blagden's narration was mesmerising!

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A true eye opener

I was quite perplexed wether to buy this, thinking it might be anther generic love novel. How wrong was I - this book is a true eye opener, it is about love; but a very philosophical approach to it. The story was excellent & one can definitely improve oneself by listening to this novel. Amazing.

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This warms your brain and your heart

This book may be a fiction, but it gives so much that I will listen to it again and again. So well written and also so well interpreted ❤️ thank you to everyone involved

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Sensational!

Beautifully written and narrated. The end will leave you wishing there was more. The teachings are profoundly inspiring.

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My first Audible experience

This book was recommended to me by my friend who also suggested signing up for audible. The Forty Rules of Love is the first book I have read by Elif Shafak. It’s a beautiful story about love, kindness and friendship. I particularly enjoyed Shafak’s descriptions of whatever there was in this book. Moreover, different colours of the voice of the narrator added this extra factor to the entire experience. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

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This book is like no other book

The book is amazing but also the narrator adds a very nice touch to the book. I listened to the whole book in 2 days and it just felt like a healing therapy. It is like no other book!

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The Forty Rules of Love

Very beautiful book with profound wisdom. a delight entering the world of Rumi and Shams

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  • Chris N.
  • 01-18-20

"The Embodiment of Nothingness"

Astonishingly beautiful and readable love story, mystical poem and historical adventure. I can't remember when I last read a novel that impressed me so much.

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  • mary-clare blackburn
  • 07-21-20

Beautiful and full of wisdom

Narrated with warmth and compassion. The narrator gently illustrates many different characters subtly and effectively. An intricate web of colourful characters, this beautifully written book carries you through history and brings to life timeless truths that are needed today more than ever. So grateful to have received this precious gift.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-20

Great story, not great audio

You really need to pay attention with this audiobook because voices don’t change often and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. Story was great, I just wish the speaker had more diversity with his deliverance.

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  • M. King
  • 10-21-20

Beautiful as always

Another rollercoaster of historical intrigue with the always-magical writing of my favourite author. A complex and ambitious novel, a bit too religious for this atheist but quite beautiful nonetheless and with a certain number of resonating truths. I prefer her other works (this is the fourth I've listened to) but I am still looking forward to reading the others.

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  • Mano
  • 09-29-20

Enlightening

This is an amazing book that can transform life; so enlightening and an eye opener.

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  • Nahida Rasul
  • 08-22-20

Amazing! This book sparked a yearning for more!

Absolutely gripping and well written. I'm left with the need to explore Sufism further! Thanks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-20

absorbing

very absorbing, entertaining and refreshing. life lessons to think about going forward. not what I expected from the synopsis but very grateful that I chose it.

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  • Michael Kavanagh
  • 04-26-20

Beautiful and Inspiring

Beautiful and Inspiring. Heart opening and enriching. I would recommend this book to any person who wants to further inhabit their spiritual life in a way that is intimate and lighthearted.

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  • Fab1
  • 02-12-20

A book that insists you reflect

Loved it ! I know I'll be istening to it again and again. Highly recommend.

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  • Hazel Oakley
  • 01-16-20

Prettily written gibberish

If you're not spiritual in your soul, don't bother. I really tried but couldn't finish.

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  • shae
  • 05-29-20

magical

magical words from elif shafak! amazing journey within your soul. love is the answer to eveything

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-19

Cookbook

I’m drawn to the topic around which this book is written. However, it didn’t really lift off into good fiction when based so much on an already established set of circumstances. It was more like following a recipe in a cookbook. Also, there were far too many characters written in the first person. Tiresome for any reader.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-19

Great Mix of Fiction and Wisdome

Opening up the Black box. Now can understand and see the plan a bit clearer. Be Rumi. 😉🖤🖤🖤🧿

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-19

Beautiful

Quick, passionate, Educational. A heartbreaking warm hug. Reminds me to have my heart broken to know love fully.