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The Forty Rules of Love

Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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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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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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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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"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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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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Beautiful story

Really enjoyed listening h to this wonderful tale and it was made even lovelier by George Blagdens soothing voice. it has awoken a new interest in sufism..something I didnt know much about but now want to find out more

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Sooo disappointing, awful narration and worse plot

I had been so looking forward to this book as I really enjoyed 'The Architect's Apprentice' by Elif Sharak and am a big fan of Rumi so this book sounded wonderful, unfortunately it was a massive disappointment. The narration was awful and such a weird choice - using an English man to play and American family (mainly a mother and daughter) as well as multiple Persian characters - he unfortunately did so in such a meek and simpering way for all the characters you can't ever get into the story beyond his annoying breathy tone. Beyond that the plot is actually pretty terrible too where you have a Sufi mystic lecturing at you for whole portions of the book which becomes increasingly dull, but worse is that you have the main character (a self-proclaimed housewife) engaging in correspondence with this globe-trotting sufi author and we're supposed to believe they're falling in love through their letters, despite the fact that while he sends her interesting and thoughtful observations on the world, she mostly puts herself down, begs for his reassurance, and only ever really talks about how boring her and her life are. There are also some weird anti-female undertones to the Rumi part of the book where he and the mystic are straight up shitty to his wife for her wanting to be remotely involved or acknowledged, and the mystic who's entire purpose in life is to follow the religion of love, marries Rumi's adopted daughter, decides for some inexplicable reason he can't have sex with her, and then lets her go crazy and die of heartbreak which honestly doesn't seem to bother him or Rumi at all, and they continue merrily on their way. What even is this book!?

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Breathtaking!!

The message of Sufis that shall be spread to be known by many and lived by many. The wording of the chapters shows great degree of authenticity and rely on real Sufi conversations and deep insight.

The narration is in general good quality, though some annoying mistakes regarding Arabic pronounciation appears occasionally. (this could be improved with little more care, I believe)

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near to perfection

timeless unsaid woes of the heart beautifully told in two eras very good read indeed

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Probably better to read than listen to this one.

I might be alone in this, but I found this pretty hard to follow given the multitude of characters and the constant back and forth timeline. Don't get me wrong, this is a great book, but probably one that deserves to be read instead of listened to.

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Awakening

What a fabulous book. It literally brought me to tears. I totally loved every word.

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  • Essra
  • 19-10-19

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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  • Asrar
  • 17-09-19

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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  • Ghada
  • 07-01-20

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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  • Christina Auerbach
  • 20-12-19

<br />The Forty Rules of Love

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