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A House Without Windows: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Nadia Hashimi

Narrated By: Ariana Delawari, Susan Nezami

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: August 2016

Duration: 15 hours 40 minutes


A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture—from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low.
For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice.
Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed. As Zeba awaits trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells: thirty-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an honor killing; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, who ran away from home with her teenage sister but now stays in the prison because it is safe shelter; and nineteen-year-old Mezhgan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for her lover’s family to ask for her hand in marriage. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, as they have been, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood.
Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba’s Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer, whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his motherland have brought him back. With the fate of this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines.
A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, A House Without Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.


  • Heather w

    I had to stop listening to the book. The voice of the narrator was that of a child, not fit for telling this story.

  • Sharon H

    I enjoyed the book but as much as Nadia's other books. The narrator was not suitable.

  • Stacy Wriker

    The narrator is annoying I couldn't listen to it.

  • Donna O\'Neil

    While the book is a strong portrayal of women in Afghanistan and resonant with all women's journeys. The narration is so unsuitable for the mode and tone of the book, it interferes with this story. I almost didn't finish it because of the grating voice of the narrator. She has an expressive voice better suited to young adult fiction. You can hear her struggle and fail to get back into character. I would highly recommend, "A House Without Windows" as a good read, but stay away from this audio version. It's just painful.

  • Karen Smith

    This book was long. Can not say I have enjoyed it. I found myself wishing it would hurry up and end.

House Without Windows: A Novel

by Nadia Hashimi

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House Without Windows: A Novel, Nadia Hashimi