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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (385,837 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Khaled Hosseini Narrator: Atossa Leoni Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Love] is the emotion—subterranean, powerful, beautiful, illicit, and infitely patient—that suffuses the pages of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Spectacular…Hosseini’s writing makes our hearts ache, our stomachs clench, and our emotions reel.”

    USA Today

  • “A brave, honorable, big-hearted book.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Hosseini has the storytelling gift…[He] offers us the sweep of historic upheavals narrated with the intimacy of family and village life.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Hosseini’s bewitching narrative captures the intimate details of life in a world where it’s a struggle to survive, skillfully inserting this human story in to the larger backdrop of recent history.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Winner of the 2008 British Book Award for Best Read of the Year
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2007 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lindsey | 2/14/2014

    " I liked how all the stories interlinked in the book. I would have like to know what happened to Rasheed to make him so malicious and evil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janet Fortunato frisby | 2/12/2014

    " From the same author as "Kite Runner". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan Rothbauer | 2/3/2014

    " Loved this as much as the Kite Runner! Excellent author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bailey Bingham | 1/29/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Hosseini does really well describing the emotions of both women so that the reader can connect with them. "

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