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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,569 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rajaa Alsanea Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Rajaa Alsanea boldly chose to open up the hidden world of Saudi women—their private lives and their conflicts with the traditions of their culture—she caused a sensation across the Arab world. Now in English, Alsanea’s tale of the personal struggles of four young upper-class women offers Westerners an unprecedented glimpse into a society often veiled from view. Living in restrictive Riyadh but traveling all over the globe, these modern Saudi women literally and figuratively shed traditional garb as they search for love, fulfillment, and their place somewhere in between Western society and their Islamic home.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nour Nader | 1/3/2014

    " Girls in Riyadh, is a fascinating story that revolves around the lives of young upper-class women. What caught my attention at first was the style of writing. The story was written in a way that said that every chapter is an email sent to various readers (and they claimed in the story that the reader is one of the girls but her identity was a secret). The four girls Gamrah that married a man father of her son that never loved her (they got a divorce. he left her for a foreign women) Michelle (American mother) best friend with lames. Unlike lames Michelle had no luck with love. Sadeem who fell deeply in love with a man that thought of her unworthy and fell even deeper in love with another man that loved her yet married another. After a while he missed her since he as well loved her (he left her as well because he was afraid she would harm his image) and asked her to be his second wife. Her response was one of my favorite parts in the book; although she loved him she did not accept and married a man that truly loved her all his life. The girls struggled with their professional life and their love lives……… "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hillary | 12/25/2013

    " OK book. Nothing I didn't really know about the region it takes place in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tisha | 12/23/2013

    " This book is the story of the trials and tribulations of a group of upper-crust girls in Saudi Arabia. While it was interesting taking a peek into the culture, overall it wasn't that intriguing. It is Saudi chick lit basically. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nadine Millar | 12/8/2013

    " 2.5 parts really annoying, 2.5 parts really intriguing. The 'Times' described it as "Sex in the City, if the city in question were Riyadh", and whether that statement is accurate or not, the book is worth reading just to find out. "

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