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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zoe Ferraris Narrator: Pete Bradbury Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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Zoe Ferraris' debut novel is hailed as a startling, richly textured work. With Finding Nouf, Ferraris delivers an electrifying page-turner that is at once a murder mystery and an intriguing glimpse into the culture of Saudi Arabia.

Nayir al-Sharqi, known by his friends for religious piety and his Bedouin-like knowledge of the desert, lends his assistance to a wealthy family when their soon to-be-married daughter Nouf goes missing. After a short search, the girl is found dead, apparently drowned in the desert during a freak deluge. Something about her death doesn't sit well with Nayir, however, and he makes an uncomfortable alliance with a female coroner's technician to determine what really happened.

The riveting mystery in Finding Nouf is complemented by the novel's engaging protagonist, whose romantic awakening will linger long in readers' thoughts. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 12/26/2013

    " This is an interesting 'first time' book by this author. I love seeing the way other cultures live and this book had many insights. It is set in Saudi Arabia.The story begins with the 'kidnapping' of a 16 year old girl and continues through the investigation of her death. Keep in mind that in this culture a man may not even shake the hand of a female.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/11/2013

    " I liked this book a lot. It deals with solving a murder of a young privileged woman in Saudi Arabia, but it also shows off the environment (temperature and cultural) of a nation I didn't know a lot about. It was really interesting -- the mystery wasn't as easily solvable as I thought -- and I enjoyed the turns and twists of the book. I had previously read Qanta Ahmed's memoir of her time working as a physician in Saudi Arabia, and a lot of what she discusses plays out in this book -- especially romance between men and women. Definitely recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grkchkruns | 12/6/2013

    " I read City of Veils first, and I found this book to be not as dramatic or exciting in it's delivery as City of Veils. I read it because there were references in City of Veils to Nouf, and the help that Nayir provided in discovering the events leading to Nouf's death. Also thought I'd find out what happened to Othman and Katya's engagement. I think there is more cultural information regarding Muslim women and society in general in City of Veils. Still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Homerun2 | 11/23/2013

    " Very unique mystery -- appealing and unusual protagonist. Set in the Muslim world and full of the challenges and difficulties that face what we view as a restricted society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 9/27/2013

    " It was good insight into the lives of women in modern day Saudi Arabia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 9/7/2013

    " An interesting look at another culture - mixed reviews from our bookgroup. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Desormeaux | 8/29/2013

    " Culturally illuminating and well written. I happened upon the second book in the series, "City of Veils" on the New Books shelf in the library. Finding it exceptionally good, I then read this. Sadly, it is now a long wait for the next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 2/8/2013

    " This really transported me to another world. And, a murder mystery to boot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 1/3/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book which captured the claustrophobic life of women in Saudi. Katya is the forensic examiner who looks into her fiance's sister's death, helped by a friend of the family (there has to be a male as she wouldn't be allowed to question men). Very authentic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry | 12/28/2012

    " An enjoyable mystery set in modern day Saudi Arabia. Reveals a hide-bound, repressed culture especially were women are concerned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 10/22/2012

    " I found the setting and the perspective of the story unique and interesting. Parts of the "mystery" were a little predictable towards the end - but overall, a good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lesley | 5/28/2012

    " My mom bought this for me (honestly, she's not too great at finding good ones. shhh), which is the only way I'd ever have picked out this book to read. Man, was it slow-going. For a murder mystery, nothing really exciting happened. Plus, the two lead characters never hooked up. Bummer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charleen | 3/18/2012

    " Best book I have read all year. A young Saudi woman from a wealthy family is found drowned (?) in the desert. So starts this murder mystery. Good mystery which also explores Saudi culture . . . especially the veil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 10/27/2011

    " Very well written detective story w/ a lot of background on Saudi culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arleen | 9/20/2011

    " I love mysteries that take you into a different culture and this one is really really different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/19/2011

    " Engaging story about a missing teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Homerun2 | 5/16/2011

    " Very unique mystery -- appealing and unusual protagonist. Set in the Muslim world and full of the challenges and difficulties that face what we view as a restricted society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francoise | 5/2/2011

    " Very well written. The story takes place in Saudi Arabia. Not only it is an excellent mystery but Zoe Ferraris gives a rich description of the way of living in Saudi Arabia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/2/2011

    " this one drew me in to Muslim piety. And what an interesting revelation of what goes on inside the lives of women – at least one class of women, the wealthy in Saudi Arabia. I really had no idea "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/30/2011

    " Not the most sophisticated mystery, but an interesting glimpse into life in Saudi Arabia, especially for women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 4/16/2011

    " This is an excellent story about living in Saudi Araba, especially from a woman's point of view. It is written by a woman who had first hand experience. The mystery is good, but is really just the framework to hang the rest of the story on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newgirl | 4/13/2011

    " Excellent who-done-it with middle eastern flavor and nuance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 4/3/2011

    " Interesting murder mystery set in Saudi Arabia. The insights into Saudi life were fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oneira | 3/31/2011

    " I loved this book. A great mystery novel with an overarching theme of the tensions between men and women in Saudi Arabia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/29/2011

    " What an outstanding new series! I loved it not only because of the setting in Saudia Arabai but also because of the characters. I've already ready the second in the series, City of Veils, and look forward to the next one. It is a fascinating look at the lives of wealthy women in a Muslin society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 3/15/2011

    " Not my favorite book. This novel had a strange plot line and was hard to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 3/5/2011

    " Thanks for the author recommendation Dani!
    This book swept me away to Saudi Arabia and had me wondering who the heck did it? "

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About the Narrator

Pete Bradbury has appeared both on and off-Broadway and at many of the leading regional theaters across the country in plays ranging from Shakespeare and Molière to Edward Albee and David Mamet. He has also been seen on the CBS miniseries Sally Hemings. A former company member of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Bradbury received his training in their three-year advanced program. He lives in New York City with his family.