A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Novel

Written by:
Khaled Hosseini
Narrated by:
Atossa Leoni

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2007
11 hours 43 minutes
After more than two years on the bestseller lists, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel of enormous contemporary relevance.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.

Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heartwrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.
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Frank P.

This was a beautiful depiction of the ever difficult way of life in Afghanistan for all people, but this book especially focused on the women of the region. Well written and kept me intrigued the entire time.

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Amanda N.

Wonderful book, beautifully written and beautifully read.

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Lindy Parr

Beautiful book.

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Kevin B.

Good Read

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Great story and narration Made me tear in the beginning

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Matthew L.

great book, wonderfully read

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Jamie Z.

A book and characters I will never forget, incredibly well written and read. I was engrossed every minute, on every level of my being, and feel that Maryam and Laila Jo and Tarik will be inside of me always, the book was that powerful. At this terrible time of the total Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, I have gained an even more chilling understanding of the male-led violence and brutality that have been plaguing the people and country for so long, under many regimes and occupiers. I FEEL connected to people and events and the women and children there at such another level thanks to this epic story. Please take the time to listen to or read this important book.

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Such a wonderful book. My second time reading it was even better than the first! Beautiful storytelling.

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Loved this book.

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Huibrecht P.

I highly recommend this book.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Julia Baldridge

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

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Nelly Navarro-Britt

Excellent story line! friendship of two women in Afghanistan. same author as the kite runner, also great.

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Laura Bryan

Wow! Brutal story, beautifully told. Hosseini has a gifted voice, full of poetic narrative that exposes yet softens the blow of unbelievable hardship and, well, brutality. Well worth the read... er... listen.

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