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Three Daughters of Eve

Narrated by: Alix Dunmore
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old Polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past - and a love - Peri had tried desperately to forget. The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as an 18-year-old sent abroad for the first time and to her dazzling, rebellious professor and his life-changing course on God. It also takes her to her home with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about Islam and femininity and, finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart.

©2017 Elif Shafak (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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  • AJ
  • 01-05-17

Complex and intriguing

A serious novel with thought provoking themes. Excellent listening and well narrated. I will now buy the book!

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Simply wonderful.

Loved the structure, moving from the present to various points in protagonist's past. Full of tension, but also beautiful reflections on happiness, love, religious faith, learning. Beautifully narrated too!

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A great story with a bit of a disappointing end

I've really enjoyed a couple of Elif Shafak's books and I did this one too until the very abrupt ending. As always the story is filled with beautiful evocative language that paints wonderful pictures throughout but for me it felt like Elif sort of got bored and just wrapped it up without a decent ending

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heavy read but worth it

i want to say i enjoyed it but its probably a wrong word for it its a great book. very multidimensional. quite skillfully written. very thought provoking. sad story and it doesn't get any happier as you go on. very well written social commentary with strong theological and philosophical approach.

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wonderful narration

The diversity and ease of the narrators accents really enabled the listener to distinguish individual characters personalities. Whilst jumping back and forth it was not distracting likecsome can be and helped to build the tension of the story unfolding. lovely analysis of the complex nature of religion, god and beliefs through the characters.

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Fascinating book but not as good as Honour

I bought this book after reading 'Honour' and being completely mesmerised by the beauty of the writing.
This book is similar in style but somehow lighter in message. The narrator, too, was rather more difficult to listen to.
The story finished abruptly and unexpectedly and I was unprepared, yet when compared to most contemporary fiction, this still comes out a winner with its timely subjects, likeable characters and thought-provoking social situations.
I'd read anything by this author simply for the beauty of the language.

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Fantastic Book

Loved the book listening to it on audible the narrators bought the story to life.
I enjoyed the characters and it feels as though you get know them personally.
Such a talented weaver of story is Elif Shafak bringing together so many topics that are much debated ....into tangible form.

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Great Story telling

Another great book from this author. Elif Shafak brings into this story so many of the relevant issues of today intertwining them between some interesting characters.
The jumps between the now and Perries childhood and then Oxford may not be to everyones taste.

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Between Yes and No: How We Begin To Accept Ourselves And Each Other

This audio book is beautiful performance of a way of thinking and feeling about life and the way we move in it that includes everybody and every feeling. What’s beautiful is the way the history of a culture- its way of understanding how we cope with the impossible nature of being, is framed historically, autobiographically within a forbidding culture where, by rights, no one would exist, escape, survive or thrive because we are just not good enough for its precepts.
But we are, we do exist we do survive and thrive in spite of good and evil: maybe because of that foreboding culture that energises us to realise we can/do live and have the right to live but we must give up any notion that we are in control. Yet we can recognise that in the theatre of our performed lives there’s also the possibility of understanding, communication, humour and insight.

Great work Elif and Alix - a great team!

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Intriguing and beautifully written

This book shows the portrait of a Turkish woman oscilating between traditional mysticism and western skepticism, an intriguing view on a paradoxal society. With well dosed tension the author plunges into cultural and reversed cultural shock making a point about religion and women at the same time. A wonderful listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-20

I am drained!

I dozed off quite a lot listening to this, even though I love Alix's reading and Elif Shafak's writing.
I don't know who to be mad at over how this book made me feel, so I will just shelf my anger in the crook of my throat and try to wash it down later with a better book.

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  • Sohairko
  • 17-05-19

"ENLIGHTENING"

Shafak's novels are captivating, enlightening, and 'euphoric' in the sense she creates this ultimate unbreakable bond between man, mind, and the search for Truth. It makes us infatuated with God, not as that fearful power but as that TRUTH within us. She delves into the tiny corners we crave to discover in ourselves. As for the narrator Alix Dunmore, great reading and interesting plus the pronunciation of words which are not English was quite right. Thank you and highly recommended.

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  • Anna
  • 31-01-19

A book that you can't stop listening to

It is a great story of getting lodged between two words from a feminine perspective: the impossibility to leave home whole-heartedly on the one hand and returning home whole-heartedly on the other hand. Although I got hooked by the story I felt a slight imbalance between the first and second half of the book as plenty of the subjects, conflicts, themes raised in the first part remained unsolved by the end of the novel. Many subjects grew dim to give space to the theme of love.

I still could not decide whether I like it or not that the narrator talks with accent when Turkish characters speak. It felt a bit weird, nevertheless it makes the reading more animated.

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  • Zaheer
  • 05-03-18

A story worth reading

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Shafak weaves a story of 3 characters each dealing with the identity of being Muslim. All come from different background but dealing with the same problems. She shows in a remarkable way that being Muslim is not a homogenous idea. She exhibits superbly that people have multiple moving identities.

What other book might you compare Three Daughters of Eve to and why?

Mmm I don't think I have come across a book quite like it. It would be in the range of Paul Coelho meets Rumi.

Which character – as performed by Alix Dunmore – was your favorite?

Shirin. The Iranian Feminist.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me think. It made me wonder about things we don't say and things we do say. It helped me to realise that the idea of being Muslim can dominate a persons life like a wild fire taking over a forest. However, Muslim people too have lives that are relative and intersecting with many other demands.

Any additional comments?

You would do yourself a good favour by reading this book

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  • Ozlem Y Dessauer
  • 15-07-17

Awfully Narrated!

What disappointed you about Three Daughters of Eve?

It is a good book though I can't stand the narrater who reads all the Turkish dialogs in Indian accent. Nothing wrong with indian accent but is extremely different than turkish accent. It was so bad, I have to stop listing the book.

If you’ve listened to books by Elif Shafak before, how does this one compare?

I just finished listing The Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak which was quite good and the narrater done a great job on that book.

What didn’t you like about Alix Dunmore’s performance?

She has no idea about the turkish accent, she was reading all the turkish dialogs (all of the characters) with indian accent which made it so confusing and awful that I can't stand listing.

What character would you cut from Three Daughters of Eve?

none of them, nothing wrong with the storyline nor the book.

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  • Pearl
  • 26-03-17

very beautifully narrated.

Liked the book as I do with all books of Elif Shafaq. The beginning is wonderful! however lacks the depth and magic of forty rules of love or architects apprentice. Doesn't do much justice to exploring its theme of Muslim women and their dilemmas either. No closure.
and yet because I like the politics of Elif Shafaq I found the book engaging.

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  • Anthony
  • 08-02-17

A spellbinding reading of a beautifully told story

In her 2010 TED talk, Shafak says, "I love writing in Turkish which to me is very poetic and emotional, and I love writing in English which to me is very mathematical and cerebral." Well, this English novel is certainly intelligent and reasonable, but it is also a most moving and poetic piece of prose.

Alix Dunmore's performance is spellbinding. Thank you both.