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A Thousand Splendid Suns

Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)
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Summary

A Richard and Judy Book Club Selection.

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of 30 years of Afghanistan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever-escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

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Critic reviews

"Another searing epic....[Hosseini's] tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Unimaginably tragic, Hosseini's magnificent second novel is a sad and beautiful testament to both Afghani suffering and strength. Readers who lost themselves in The Kite Runner will not want to miss this unforgettable follow up." ( Booklist)

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  • Eirian
  • PenarthUnited Kingdom
  • 11-10-08

A powerful and moving social history

I'd never read any of Khalid Hosseini's books before, so, when I saw this advertised as an audiobook, I thought I'd give it a go.

I was not disappointed: this was one of the most powerfully moving books I have ever read. By writing about the lives of 2 ordinary, yet extraordinary women, Hosseini paints a vivid and gripping picture of life in Afghanistan during the past 25 years.

Fabulous!

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Great book, great storyline, heart touching

I loved listening to this audible book, I even bought the hard copy & I'm looking forward to seeing the theatre show too. Tragic events depicted very well, stirring deep emotion & sadness for the characters. Definitely a good read.

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A thousand splendid suns - another best read

Fabulous reading- a little slow to get started but once gripped by the unfolding saga I couldn't put the book down. Great reading.

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Amazing book

This was such a lovely book that tells the story of 2 women living in Afghanistan; it addresses suppression and the horror of living with such a brutal man. So well written and the descriptions are amazing. 2nd time I've read the story and I love it.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

An extremely moving if not accurate account of the turmoil, tragedy and heartbreak that Afghans have lived with for decades!
And now one only hopes that there can be a sequel soon that will see such a beautiful country and innocent people restored to their former glory & happiness!

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  • Nicole
  • Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
  • 20-06-08

Uplifting

I don't usually like fiction, but this book is an exception. It takes you on a journey that leaves you feeling like you've been very lucky to get a glimpse into the lives of others.

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  • Tony
  • DouglasUnited Kingdom
  • 28-04-08

See inside the Afgan life

Reading it is like being there when it happened, good times and many bad times though Afghanistan from King to Taliban to today, why are men so coldly cruel to women and other men, a deep insight, and deeply distressing but a wonderful read.

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Absorbing

An insightful narrative into how women endure and survive and a wonderful taste of Afghan culture and history. Not for those looking for a light happy read as it was upsetting in parts.

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  • OT
  • London, UK
  • 21-06-08

painful

I confess I only got half-way through as I couldn't bear any more misery. Clumsy miserablist writing with a heavy dose of the worthies. Avoid.

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  • Jeanie
  • 31-10-07

Truly a literary work

True literature gently opens the mind like a spell. Words flow into the reader's soul like water and paint pictures of the places and the people that populate the story. Such is Hosseini's work as he takes us into the lives of a beautifully human people as they struggle to live and grow in a hostile, dangerous and hate filled place. Read it, share it and grow yourself.

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  • Robin Johnson
  • 15-02-13

Loved it!!

What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Splendid Suns the most enjoyable?

Wow! What a wonderful way to walk in the shoes of Afghan women during one of the countrys most tumultuous times. I learned so much from these AMAZING and strong women. Highly recommend.

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  • Basim Ayoub
  • 06-05-19

Bought this because I liked The Kite Runner

Make no mistake this is no Kite Runner,
I couldn’t even finish the book!
Just plain simply!! uninteresting!! Weak meager plot!

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  • Kristina Pulsinelli
  • 06-03-19

Beautiful

What an amazing heart felt story. I’ve learned so much from this book. A must read

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  • Caitlin
  • 12-02-19

will always be my favorite book

so amazing. the story was told perfectly. not overdone but nor incredibly monotone. I finished this in a day. I've already read this book but I loved listening to it. amazing, insightful, eye opening and heartbreaking. please read!

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  • Haider Abbas Syed
  • 25-01-19

Pathetic Narration

This book has a story which i intend to listen. But the narrator is screwing the native words which brings meaning to the story. I regret buying this book from audible. Feeling sorry for audible that i will not recommend the audio book narrated by: Atossa Leoni.

How disappointing

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  • Karen
  • 05-01-19

The audiobook doesn’t match the book

When following along with the book, the audio randomly skips paragraphs, and does not follow the book. Save yourself the trouble, and skip the audio.

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  • Alanna R.
  • 07-09-18

This is not the complete version of the text

As my students and I were listening to this text, we realized that this version leaves out significant pieces of information or skips chunks of the text we were reading. So, this version does not work for us. I had to use one of my other credits to hopefully get the unabridged version.

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  • Zonly1
  • 24-08-18

Many favorite quotes from this one

The vivid detail of the place, the sights, smells & feels transports the reader to live the story beside the characters. The narrator's accent lended vital authenticity to the tale. It was pleasant to listen to as well as the natural flow of the narration. Only a native speaker could do justice to the pronunciations of so many Afghani names and terms.
This was a high school summer reading assignment. I got drawn into it while listening with my daughter in the car. Great job teachers, this was a good pick!

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  • Layce
  • 25-11-17

Excellent narration

I was hooked from the first chapter! The narration is beautifully done. The story in intense and eye opening.