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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (775 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Azadeh Moaveni Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781455192328
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Azadeh Moaveni was an American reporter covering the rise of Ahmadinejad in Tehran when the unexpected happened: she met her soul-mate, fell in love, and became pregnant. Facing an uncertain future, she continued to publish increasingly sensitive reports on Iran, while hiding her pregnancy from the religious authorities until she could marry. Shortly after giving birth, a government source, known mysteriously as Mr. X, told her that she was the subject of an investigation and would soon be arrested and sent to the notorious Evin prison. As it became evident that she was being spied on, Moaveni feared for her safety and that of her young family, and in 2007, she fled the country she had hoped to help through her journalism. This is a powerful and poignant story about a young woman facing her future in a very dangerous place.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sharp and written with ferociously brilliant reporting…Azadeh Moaveni’s nuanced perspective on her ancestors’ homeland is without peer.”

    Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan

  • “An indelible portrait of the author’s family and a highly personal take on Iran’s social and political evolution.”

    Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

  • “For Moaveni, born and raised in California, Iranis both an intimate and a stranger, a familiar motherland and an alienating theocracy…Yet it isn’t only the contradictions of a child of exiles sorting out her identity crisis that makes this book worthwhile. It’s the seductive contradictions of the motherland itself.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Moaveni describes her daily battles as a journalist in chilling detail…her keen eye for detail and her astute observations make for exhilarating reading.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A story of coming-of-age in two cultures with a keen eye and a measured tone.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This perfect blend of political commentary and social observation is an excellent choice for readers interested in going beyond the headlines to gain an in-depth understanding of twenty-first-century Iran.”

    Booklist

  • “MacDuffie conveys Moaveni’s real pleasure in the country of her ancestors as well as her frustration with political events…MacDuffie creates distinctions among the many voices through tonal changes rather than accent and dialect variations. Young and old, men and women, friendly and menacing, the characters materialize in our imaginations. Unfamiliar words and names flow easily, and Macduffie’s fluid reading makes this an engaging and informative look at modern Iran.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “A rare, rich glimpse inside a closed society.”

    Kirkus Reviews 

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 2/13/2014

    " This book provides very interesting perspective about internal workings in Iran. It is written by a Time corresponent who is Iranian American. It is well worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/8/2014

    " An extremely well written memoir about life in Tehran. I learned so much about the culture and day to day life in Iran. Not an easy read, very detailed and factual, but worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 2/7/2014

    " 305.48 M Well written account of an American-Iranian journalist's return to Iran, her courtship with an Iranian man, their marriage, and first child during 2005-2007 when Ahmadinejad came to power as President. For anyone curious about what life is like in Iran, you certainly get the woman's perspective, good and bad, but also what it's like to be a journalist in a country where fundamentalism is on the rise. I was very impressed with her fluid style of writing and colorful language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eden Celeste | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I think the author did an excellent job of putting the rise of the current Iranian government, it's impact on the Iranian people, and on women in particular in such a way as to be enjoyable an interesting. She speaks of the country and it's people in such a way that I came away from the book with, I believe, a better understanding of the current plight in that country and a desire to visit... if, and hopefully when, a less repressive regime comes to power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/30/2014

    " This book offers a very interesting insight into the inner workings of Iran. I learned a great deal about their political thinking, their culture, their food. Ms. Moaveni provides a unique perspective on things that Americans don't really understand. So you should read it for that reason--you'll be enlightened. But hey, if you're not into THAT aspect, you should also read it because Moaveni is hilarious; her writing style is witty and yet serious when she needs to be. It's hard not to become totally engrossed in her story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patmead | 1/30/2014

    " Second book I've read by this author. Non-fiction. Learned some things about Iranian politics, culture, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/20/2014

    " Very good book about life in Iran. The things we take for granted here are rare there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.J. Murphy | 1/17/2014

    " Actually, it was my wife who read this book. She thinks that it should be added to my list of books by and about Muslim women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 1/8/2014

    " This is an informative and interestingly written book on contemporary Iran. The author is a young American born Iranian journalist who writes for Time magazine. If you're going to read one book about Iran, this should be it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bfleeman | 1/1/2014

    " Read for Culver City PL book group "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Malekpour | 12/28/2013

    " It was interesting. I could relate to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/19/2013

    " Despite needing about 5 months to read this one, I liked it a lot-- blame it on the fact that it was my bus book and I'm not on the bus a lot these days. Very informative, mostly objective and well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polina | 12/5/2013

    " Really enjoyed the book. It puts all those NUT articles into great context. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Prominski | 10/25/2013

    " Deception and the confusing moral/religious tone in a complex cultural and political home, neighborhood, city and country. An excellent overview of what it would take to live in Iran. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 9/13/2013

    " This was a really interesting read about the current state of Iran and how young people, especially Westernized young people such as the author, try to make sense of their ancestral world while longing for everything to become more modern. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniellefirth | 1/22/2013

    " Crafty writing and enchanting first hand experiences make this book an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janna | 10/7/2012

    " 2nd book by the author of Lipstick Jihad gives a fascinating view of what it's like to live in modern Tehran and the mis-impressions most Americans have of that society. I would highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 6/19/2012

    " Helped me understand more about Iran and how an American Iranian woman experienced the tightening of social control when she married an Iranian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 2/14/2012

    " Very interesting read. A different take on Iran, from the inside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/6/2011

    " It was interesting. I could relate to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/27/2011

    " Interesting. Very real. I think I'd enjoy conversing with the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniellefirth | 11/9/2010

    " Crafty writing and enchanting first hand experiences make this book an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polina | 8/31/2010

    " Really enjoyed the book. It puts all those NUT articles into great context. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 8/28/2010

    " This book provides very interesting perspective about internal workings in Iran. It is written by a Time corresponent who is Iranian American. It is well worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patmead | 6/11/2010

    " Second book I've read by this author. Non-fiction. Learned some things about Iranian politics, culture, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 5/30/2010

    " Another detailed book by an obviously intelligent author. As with "Searching For Whitopia," it overwhelmed me with details of politics current and historical, with too few personal stories. "

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About the Author
Author Azadeh Moaveni

Azadeh Moaveni was born in California to Iranian parents. She is one of the few American correspondents who have been permitted to work continuously in Iran since 1999. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad and the coauthor of Iran Awakening and is currently a contributing writer for Time magazine.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.