Storyteller's Daughter

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Saira Shah

Narrated By: Saira Shah

Date: September 2003

Duration: 3 hours 35 minutes


The startling memoir of a young woman shaped by two dramatically disparate worlds
Born in Britain, Saira Shah was inspired by her father's dazzling stories to rediscover the now lost life their forebears knew for 900 years within sight of orchards, snow-topped mountains, and the minarets of Kabul. This is Saira -- part sophisticated and sensitive Western liberal, part fearless (even fierce) life-gulping Afghan, falling in love with her ancestral myth, chasing Afghanistan. Saira, at 21, becoming a correspondent at the front during the war between the Soviets and the Afghan resistance. Then Saira, self-imprisoned in a burqa, risking her life to film Beneath the Veil -- her acclaimed record of the devastation of women's lives by the Taliban. Saira discovering her extended family, discovering a world of gorgeous family ritual, of community, of male primacy, of arranged marriages, finding at last the (now war-ravaged) family seat, discovering at last what she wants and what she rejects of her compelling heritage.


  • Anonymous

    I could not complete this one. I rented it after finishing A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini so that I could continue to get a richer history. I was hoping for more of a picture into the Afghan people's lives like I got from A Thousand Splending Suns but it just was not there.

  • Connie Rice

    Shah's telling her own story in this audiobook. She has done a remarkable job writing and narrating the story. Afghanistan's history is made clearer with her writing about the family history incorporated into world history.

  • Anonymous

    Sairah Shah's memoir is an adventurous account of her trips to war torn Afghanistan. The fact that so little is known about this region makes this book even more interesting. Shah narrates the audio book as well and she has an extremely pleasant voice. I listened to this book all in one sitting.

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