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This multicast dramatisation of Arabian Nights: Volume 2 is an Audible Original re-envisioning of the iconic tale of Sinbad the Sailor - with a twist.

Adapted by Marty Ross, whose previous audio dramas include Romeo and Jude, Doctor Who, Treasure Island and Arabian Nights Volume 1 listeners can expect to hear Sinbad the Sailor as they've never done before.

In volume 2 of Arabian Nights we return to Sultan Shahriyar’s palace, where Scheherezade is using her spellbinding storytelling abilities to save both her and her sister’s lives. As much as the Sultan wants to kill her, each night he is drawn in by her tales and spares them. Scheherezade weaves a long, winding and exciting tale about Sinbad the Sailor, a reckless young man who has inherited his father’s wealth and spends it foolishly. His debts eventually force him to leave Baghdad and find his way alone. However, his journey quickly takes a turn when he is led to sea by a mysterious woman dressed in blue, which begins his long and dramatic adventures at sea.

Starring Abraham Popoola, Adam Sina, Akin Gazi, Alyssa Kyria, Anoushka Rava, Aso Sherabayani, Bamshad Abedi-Amin, Daniel Naddafy, David Ahmad, Firdous Bamji, Gisele Payvandi, Hakan Silahsiz Hemi Yeroham, Ian Abeysekera Jonathan Morrison, Josh Zare Karim Kronfli, Mandana Jones Nezar Alderazi, Raghad Chaar Richard Reed, Sammy Broly, Tara Jaffar and Walles Hamonde.

Please note this drama contains some explicit content.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd.

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Enjoyable

The performances are great and I love the mix of humour and seriousness. But some of the fight scenes went on a bit too long for my taste!

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excellent

excellent volume 2, wonderfully performed and gripping in its dramatisation , cannot wait for the next one

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Damn...

Was really waiting to see when and how Sharezade would talk her way out of losing her head, and I apperantly need to wait for a possible part 3. There really better be a part 3 in the works...

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fabulous!

great characterisation and voicing. this is great stuff and I cannot wait to listen to volume 3 (hopefully there is going to be one!?)

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So bloody good

Loved it again and again. I really hope there will be volume 3. The story line and the accents are just mesmerising.

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Wonderful and marvellous Arabian Nights Drama

This volume 2 of the Audible Arabian Nights Dramatisation delivered to the excellent, and of top quality level of storytelling attributed to these two audiobooks. A high level of drama ensued with brilliant voice characterizations. A cast of English speaking Arabs and an African gave this audiobook more appeal and genuineness in its Arabian flavour. It was sadly less in duration to the first audiobook but was compelling nonetheless. It was a beautiful narration of the stories of Sinbad and was captivating to listen to. It is a shame that it is already over in 2 volumes.
There is the story of Aladdin and the magic lamp which could have been narrated in a 3rd volume.
We will have to see if there will be more Arabian night volumes.
I enjoyed this audiobook as a Muslim but it appeals to everyone, Muslim and Non Muslim alike.

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The two sinbads

Loved this continuation of the story, altho i was expecting a Slightly different ending. Still great fun full of magic and monsters, great book

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Enjoyable

Whilst not strictly adhering to the classic tales, this was a thoroughly enjoyable and humorous set of yarns.

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Classic

Great stories that wouldn’t pass for children’s tales. A bit overly theatrical but I guess it comes with the chosen dramatization. The voice actors are good.

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A cracking sequel filled with immersive fantasy adventure- the story of Sinbad

The story begins by opening on an escape attempt by the story telling romantic Sceherazade and her younger wittier sister Dunyazad, before they are recaptured by a newer, more bloodthirsty high executioner, who kills the previous one to establish how brutal he is. Sceherazade is once again forced to buy herself and her sister more time by entertaining her sultan and husband Shariya to quell his bloodlust.
Enchanting him with her imagination and her vast knowledge of fairy tales and epics, Sceherazade weaves the tale of Sinbad, a Porter, who comes across a thief of his very own name sake, Sinbad the sailor. Sinbad the Sailor tells his namesake the story of how he came to be a thief and the notorious sailor that he is, from his encounter with Morjada, the ethereal spirit woman who serves as Sinbad’s illusive guide to his curse to forever roam the sea by a hideous shark-like djinn. Here he encounters a giant whale that is mistaken for an island, treacherous pirates, apemen, a one eyed giant, huge serpents, the terrifying elephant eating Roc, and his forging of a friendship and romance with Jyana, the elephant riding warrior woman.
This was a high quality, highly immersive and very enjoyable sequel to the first Arabian nights. Sinbad the sailor is the main focus of this story and the audiobook is divided up into 10 half an hour chapter segments, with the last two being roughly 40 minutes in length. While the focus of a singular story may not please the fans who enjoyed the variety of tales in the first installment, Sinbad’s variety of adventures will more than make up for it. Fans of mythology and dark, gory fantasy with a splash of sensual romance will very much enjoy this adaptation of the classical 1,001 nights of Sceherazade’s tales.
I should highlight that this is merely part 2 in a series of tales and the third part as far as I am aware is yet to be announced! Here’s hoping the third installment is not too delayed by the virus, as Sceherazade’s tales are definitely far from over.

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  • Tanya
  • 23-09-19

It was good, but where is my ending!

I loved the story but I would really like to know what happens with Scheherazade and the Sultan! Is there going to be a last part?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-18

Since I was a child, I love Arabians Night Tales.

Alladin and Abu are my favorite characters. I always love kind hearted heros fighting for justice.

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  • daddy1977
  • 13-12-20

eagerly awaiting the 3rd

After thoroughly enjoying the first installment, my interest lagged just a bit in the beginning of the second. but picked right back up again and now I am just stuck waiting for the rest!

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  • Dawud Mauri
  • 10-06-19

Vol. II

Nice story for long, cross country trips. Timing for each epic spans an entire night.

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  • bp2015
  • 18-04-21

worthy of your time

great story and delivery. this story is worth your time. you will not regret it.

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  • Isabella
  • 10-04-21

TheBest!

It was like a play but better. Hands down the best audiobook I have ever heard : ]

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  • Nimesh Baidhya
  • 08-03-21

Loved it

Really enjoyed the book. Liked the setting, story and dramatization. Eagar for the next volume!!!

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  • Ryan H.
  • 22-02-21

More story, less theatrics please

Would have preferred an unabridged reading. The grunting and groaning of the theatrics got old.

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  • Karen
  • 09-01-21

not for children but fun

great performance 🎭 like a play for your mind enjoyed the different characters and sound effects

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  • Disco Foxx
  • 16-12-20

Overall great, however the glorification of toxic masculinity leaves bitter taste

I really like the way the stories were told. What I dislike is the toxic masculinity of the figure of the Sultan around whose character the plot is set. Fortunately, there are also other male characters not exhibiting this toxic masculinity. Although, the Sultan is a main character. It falls upon the main female character, the story teller Scheherazade to aid in his reformation, while she is also his victim. He rapes her and hold her hostage. This is very problematic. And the book glorifies this by implying that Scheherazade wants to save him. :$ I didn’t think about this when I wrote my first review (of volume 1). Perhaps because toxic masculinity is so naturalized both in the story and in society.

Despite this I think this production, this audiobook, is engaging very well done, which is why I chose this rating.. I also think these stories should be better contextualized through an introduction, which also is self critical about the harm in the narrative’s discourse. The audiobook listened to by a reader who remains critical. And through an introduction is also prompted to do so. Furthermore, the question of rewriting these old stories, in which domination of any kind is glorified and naturalized needs to be asked. Personally, I think this should be rewritten, nothing in life is static. Not that toxic masculinity by people in power does not happen, but rewritten in a way that critiques it; and makes clear that Scheherazade is a victim and what she shares with the Sultan is toxic noting to aspire to.