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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

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"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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So epic as the title

After failing to read Shahnameh in Persian, I decided to try this . It took me back to my childhood when I peeked through the pictures of the book. Such a brilliant performance as well . Thanks

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Fantastic

It is a fantastic book, that makes you laugh and cry. The translation was committed to the old Txt but skilfully has mad it enjoyable for modern audience.

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Excellent.

As an Iranian, I never read the Shahnameh partly because it's quite a difficult read, partly because my Farsi isn't great. This book does a fantastic job retelling stories I used to hear when I was younger. The music and sound effects add another layer to the story too. Highly recommended!

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An all-round magnificent epic!

The narration was superb. The background music and sound effects also brought a lot of impact and atmosphere, too. A real immersive experience!

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A cinematic experience

Amazing that such an old piece of art can be enjoyed in different forms. I liked the narration and the sound effects which made it feel cinematic. It was at times hard to follow. I recommend not taking long breaks between listens.

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This book have to be read by everyone

Very educational , I think this book should be thought at universities, what you should know before starting the Journey in life ,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-19

Learn about Persian culture through epic tales

My girlfriend is Persian so I listened to Shahnameh to better understand Persian culture. My girlfriend listened to the first half of the story with me on a road trip and then followed along by reading a Farsi version. I was impressed at how entertaining the stories were, it was like a better version of The Iliad with more poignant moral lessons. At the same time my girlfriend felt the translation was very accurate with only minor details left out and minor differences in the order of events which did not effect the flow or themes of the stories. The decision to put the sections of Shanameh in which Ferdowsi uses his own voice to verse is brilliant and serves as a constant reminder that you are reading a beautiful poem that has survived the test of time.

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  • lava
  • 02-03-18

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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  • Akvan
  • 08-10-18

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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  • Intazaar
  • 17-02-18

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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  • David Doolittle
  • 02-05-19

excellent English translation

dramatized by narrator. Will listen again at least a dozen times. a story so characterizing of Persian culture it should be heard by anyone who has a interest in that region

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  • Savannah
  • 09-11-18

I loved it!

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

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  • mahnaz
  • 22-07-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-18

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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  • Buyer
  • 28-02-19

An epic masterpiece

I loved this audiobook. A timeless and epic masterpiece written about 1000 years ago.
I would highly recommend it.

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  • Steven
  • 11-02-19

Wonderful

An absolutly fascinating story with rich characters , bits of comedy and karma for the storyline through. Coppola really sells it on the voices too. I strongly suggest the whole epic.

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