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4.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 5 4.26 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Khaled Hosseini Narrator: Atossa Leoni Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780743567619
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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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Roby | 2/6/2014

    " As riveting as The Kite Runner and just as touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zonah | 1/31/2014

    " It pulls the reader to be more more curious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aneta Cruz | 1/25/2014

    " I didn't think Hosseini could write better or even equally as well as The Kite Runner. I was mistaken. A Thousand Splendind Suns is beautiful, heart-wrenching, and it made me cry not once or twice, but several times. This is a must-read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Conny | 1/5/2014

    " Too cruel. Couldn't finish reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin Lewis-soto | 11/30/2013

    " I loved loved loved this book. It is very intense at times. I cared about the characters. This is a story that is an important story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 11/27/2013

    " fantastic, I cried a couple times... soo good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Javad Amiri | 11/15/2013

    " It was the first time I was reading from Khaled Hosseini. Book gives you a glimpse of Afghan women in their daily life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 10/27/2013

    " This book was closer to 3.5 stars. There were just a few too many parts that seemed to drag on; this could be because I have just also finished the Kite Runner...maybe too much of one author at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Rice | 10/19/2013

    " Even better than The Kite Runner. A devastating read that gives a picture of what it would be like to live under those circumstances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Walker | 9/15/2013

    " Remarkable story... a true reflection of a woman's status in a country that has little value of women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 9/15/2013

    " I think I liked this better than The Kite Runner. What a story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susi Coplan | 9/10/2013

    " Not nearly as compelling as The Kite Runner.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie Fancher | 8/22/2013

    " Incredible. I couldn't put this down and I've never felt so emotionally tied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Sears Cook | 7/25/2013

    " This is a beautiful piece of literature. Hosseini has completely opened my eyes and heart to Afghanistan. I wish he would write something new. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Courtney | 6/28/2013

    " Interesting story. Sometimes dry, but overall worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 4/3/2013

    " Deeply moving and intimate. Really sad I've finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 2/12/2013

    " Very interesting (shocking) view of perception of women in Afghan society and how things changed (for the worse) once the Taliban came into power in the mid-2000's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayant Modi | 12/30/2012

    " what a book.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise Greenwood | 4/23/2012

    " Incredible and beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lene | 3/3/2012

    " I would rate it higher for its importance, and the fact that it is not poorly written. But the descriptions are too vivid and the conditions described too horrid. This book gave me nightmares, that's how well it gets under my skin. I much prefer stories that are less true and less gruesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelci | 11/27/2011

    " Extremely moving!!! Gives a great perspective on life in the Middle East. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marylu Sanok | 11/22/2011

    " A good follow up book to The Kite Runner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ayres | 10/15/2011

    " This is a hard book about hard things. But it is a wonderful read. I strongly recommend it. I read it a number years ago and re-read for my book group. And it was just as good the second time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Swati Rane levendovszky | 7/26/2011

    " The Kite Runner was much better... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 5/24/2011

    " Sad and touching- a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 5/24/2011

    " I can't wait until his next book. I hope he keeps writing.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RoseAnna | 5/24/2011

    " The ending of this book made me cry and have a renewed sense of hope and strength. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/24/2011

    " This was one of the best and most heart-wrenching stories I've ever read. I could not put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shweta | 5/24/2011

    " I said thank God I didnt born in Afghan after reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 5/23/2011

    " Could not put this book down. Probably one of the best books I've read in a really long time. I cried through the last several chapeters. AWESOME "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 5/23/2011

    " Outstanding isn't a good enough word for this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 5/23/2011

    " a good read. i thought "The Kite Runner" was better literature, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rula | 5/23/2011

    " After the Kite runner, one would think that he cannot do a better job. Yet, as you read a thousand splendid suns, the author never stops to amaze you. A book you cannot leave till the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 5/23/2011

    " One of those books that I started before going to bed one night and ended up finishing it sometime early the next morning. Made me cry about a million times - such a good book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abhishek | 5/22/2011

    " An outsider's view about insider afghan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/22/2011

    " definitely one of my all time favorite books. so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/22/2011

    " An overwhelming description of oppression of women and how they survive despite incredible odds and still maintain their integrity as human beings. What resilient women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/22/2011

    " Hosseini is a good writer, and though I may have preferred The Kite Runner, this is a very good book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 5/22/2011

    " So....I only gave it one star. I mostly just skimmed right through it. I had a really hard time with the subject matter, which is maybe why I didn't really sit down and really read it through. "

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About the Author
Author Khaled Hosseini Khaled Hosseini is one of most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with more than ten million copies sold in the United States of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and more than thirty-eight million copies sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan .
About the Narrator

Atossa Leoni has been working internationally in film, television, and theater since childhood. Atossa played the female lead “Soraya” in Marc Forster’s film The Kite Runner, based on Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel. She currently resides in New York City.