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A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Written By: Khaled Hosseini

Narrated By: Atossa Leoni

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2007

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes


Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghanistan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them--in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul--they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.


  • Anonymous

    Both the book and the narration were superb. The book made me happy that I was not born in in Kabul! That being said, I felt great empathy for the two main characters in the book. What a celebration of the spirit to survive and thrive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Another great book by this author...wonderfully written and read! I look forward to listening and/or reading more books by this author. The book is very sad at times, but it only makes the book more engaging and "real."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kadance A.

    This novel is absolutely breathtaking. Throughout the entire book the author keeps you interested in the characters and what will happen to them. Excitement never falters, and this story does a fantastic job at recalling the events in Afghanistan at this point in time. The narrator was incredible in that she portrayed each character well, showing the various emotions and ways of speaking. The perfect combination of talented writing, and narration, resulted in me never wanting to hit pause. I finished the entire thing in one day. I highly recommend listening to this brilliant book filled with plot twists and beautiful story telling. I personally was absolutely devastated when the book was finished because it meant that I couldn’t continue enjoying this amazing piece of literature.

  • Cathy B

    Well written and well read. An amazing story of the lives of 2 women and the entertwining of their lives. It made me realise that no matter how ordinary a life may seem at times, every life has an effect on others and is important. I loved this book but am very pleased, as a woman, that I don't live in that part of the world. Can only recommend this work - thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Sharon H

    I have mixed emotions about this book. Although it was superbly written and narrated I felt so sad throughout the book. I even shed a tear at the end. It is definitely a haunting story. I do recommend reading it or listening to it, it is definitely a book I will never forget

  • Chelsea A

    While the book did not rival Hosseini's Kite Runner, their novel still burrowed into my heart the vast burden that women in Afghanistan often carry. The cultural differences, religious practices, and relationship dynamics were powerfully described in a way that was hauntingly authentic. The narrator transitioned smoothly from English to Arabic words and added to the listening experience. If you want to see the Afghani lifestyle through the eyes of fierce, loyal, sacrificial women, in the turmoil of coups, the Taliban, and 9/11, Hosseini's piece will leave you with an impression you cannot soon forget.

  • Vanessa Yenson

    I loved the book. The narration really made me appreciate the culture and language. Simply wonderful.

  • Tabitha Hewitt

    I've read this book many times, it is one of my favorites of all time. It really speaks of a life that so many of us don't know, but it connects us through heartache, abuse, perseverance, and love. Mariam is a strong character and the author shows that continuously throughout the book. I thought the narration was just okay. I didn't love the voice of the narrator, it was high pitched and seemed happy even through some very dark scenes in the book. She tried to change her voice for the different characters but it just didn't work out very well. My husband even commented on the voice when he heard me listening to the book. Someone with a lower and broader range for the book would have fit much better I think.

  • Christine Caridi

    This riveting story brings you behind the closed doors of modest living in Afghanistan. This author is contributing greatly to the world with his books.

  • Julia Baldridge

    OUTSTANDING! My favorite audio book so far. Be prepared for much anguish and a great ending.