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    • An Unnecessary Woman

    • By: Rabih Alameddine
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 362
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 326
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 324

    Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family's "unnecessary appendage." Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The 37 books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read by anyone. In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman's late-life crisis, listeners follow Aaliya's digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Tales of a Literary Snob

    • By Ilana on 02-14-14

    Regular price: $21.95

    • Thalia Book Club: An Unnecessary Woman

    • By: Rabih Alameddine
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Strout, Mia Dillon
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    One of the Middle East's most celebrated writers, Rabih Alameddine, discusses his novel An Unnecessary Woman, an intimate and moving portrait of a reclusive book-loving 72-year-old Lebanese woman who views her complicated past through the lens of her favorite works of literature.

    Regular price: $3.41

    • The Angel of History

    • A Novel
    • By: Rabih Alameddine
    • Narrated by: Alex Hyde White
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. This is a profound, philosophical, and hilariously winning story of the war between memory and oblivion we wrestle with every day of our lives.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Hakawati

    • By: Rabih Alameddine
    • Narrated by: Assaf Cohen
    • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. As the family gathers, stories begin to unfold: Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching tales are interwoven with classic stories of the Middle East. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the beautiful Fatima; Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders; and a host of mischievous imps.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, poor narration

    • By Zora O'Neill on 02-29-16

    Regular price: $34.94

    • I, The Divine

    • A Novel in First Chapters
    • By: Rabih Alameddine
    • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. As the family gathers, stories begin to unfold: Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching tales are interwoven with classic stories of the Middle East. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the beautiful Fatima; Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders; and a host of mischievous imps.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As good a book as An Unnecssary Woman

    • By Eric on 05-27-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Koolaids

    • The Art of War
    • By: Rabih Alameddine
    • Narrated by: Steve West
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family’s unnecessary appendage. Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The thirty-seven books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been readby anyone.

    Regular price: $19.95