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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Qanta A. Ahmed Narrator: Nicola Barber Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781455883028
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In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I''ve rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage back to her Muslim faith." - Gail Sheehy The decisions that change your life are often the most impulsive ones. Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong. What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparralled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humor, honesty, loyalty and love. And for Qanta, more than anything, it is a land of opportunity. A place where she discovers what it takes for one woman to recreate herself in the land of invisible women. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Intimate introduction to a world most readers will never know.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A big-hearted examination of the extreme contradictions in a society very different—yet not so different—from our own.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An honest memoir about connections and conflicts.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexis | 2/16/2014

    " interesting subject, interesting story, terrible written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NATUI | 2/15/2014

    " This book was a mixed bag for me. I loved reading about the aspects of her job--the interactions between her colleagues and navigating in such a foreign cultural environment. Where she lost me was the focus on the aspects of Islam. I felt as if she were giving me a Sunday School lesson (no pun intended) every single chapter. A kind of a "sit back and listen to THIS!!" each time a new aspect of the religion revealed itself. I am all for learning about her own personal experiences and hearing her own personal insights; however, I don't want to feel as if the author is trying to convince me. I wouldn't enjoy this writing style if it were written by a Lutheran, Shinto, or Pagan. Just state your experience and let me connect with you. Three stars for the heavy-handed proselytizing and my *SIGH* here we go again reaction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 2/7/2014

    " This sounded really interesting so I picked it up cheap from one of the kindle sales. I was slowly enjoying the book - picking it up, enjoying it and then setting it down and forgetting it (repeat several times). Then I read a friend's review about how fragmented it is and there isn't really any sort of a story. I didn't really want to waste my time reading a so-so book when I have a million and 10 other books I'd also like to read. Maybe I'll pick it back up again? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/3/2014

    " A really interesting account of her experience of the Saudi Kingdom. Being of the moslem faith herself creates an opportunity for a inside perspective of the workings of different believers within the culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie Sigel | 1/29/2014

    " Chilling. The journey she makes professionally and spiritually is such a contrast to the end of the book when 9/11 happens and all the enlightened, educated doctors reveal their rabid antisemitism, magical thinking etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 1/29/2014

    " The writer isn't the best at prose, but her memories of her expat life in Saudi Arabia are riveting in their striking foreign-ness to Western lifestyles. Perhaps most interesting, are the things that are parallel among cultures: inherent misogyny and male chauvinism and oppression of women that is the same everywhere in the world, impossible to escape as a female. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cris | 1/28/2014

    " While the topic was interesting and her experience were enlightening, her overly descriptive writing is exhausting. She tries to hard to be TOO descriptive and it takes away from the actual story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 12/26/2013

    " Mostly I enjoyed this book and definitely learned a lot about the women of Saudi Arabia. However I found the writing stilted, overly descriptive and repetitive, and definitely too long. This is a case of less is more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wealhtheow | 12/18/2013

    " Dr. Ahmed, a British-born Muslim, takes a job in Saudi Arabia. For two years, she struggles with the extreme sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia she encounters there. Simultaneously, she has several intense religious experiences, and seeks to reconcile the two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Hiorns | 11/23/2013

    " An interesting perspective from an American doctor, a Muslim raised in England, working for two years in Saudi Arabia just prior to 9/11. She returns to America just after 9/11 with new insights into the oppression of women (and men). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 loveyalyn | 11/22/2013

    " Not the best read I've ever had, but it is a current and very informative about the lives of women in Saudia Arabia. If you like to read about different cultures you will like this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alla | 8/13/2013

    " An eye-opener; very interesting journey into entirely different culture; gave me better understanding of Muslim world; unfortunately a bit disturbing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haukur | 7/20/2013

    " Wonderful read, Qanta Ahmed has written a Insightful and wonderful book about life of women of different backgrounds in the Kingdom prior to 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ranae | 3/24/2013

    " This isn't a review yet, but I am loving this book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 3/13/2013

    " This book was interesting. It was well written, but sometimes there was just too much detail during which I fell asleep! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 3/4/2013

    " While reading this book I wasn't sure if I liked it or loved it. At the end of the day, I loved it. It provided me with a lot of insight into Saudi society, with its medieval restrictions. I think Nadine should definitely give this a read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Johansen | 6/10/2012

    " Very well-written memoir that really opened my eyes to Saudi culture and Muslim women. I highly recommend this book. "

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About the Author

Qanta A. Ahmed, MD, is currently an assistant professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and Assistant Director of the MUSC Sleep Disorders Laboratory. She is quadruple boarded in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep disorders medicine. She continues to practice intensive care medicine. She became a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a Diplomat, and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

About the Narrator

Nicola Barber, a British voice actress with over a decade of experience, has won four Earphone Awards for narration from AudioFile Magazine and has recorded national radio spots for Verizon Wireless, Virgin Airlines, and Hilton Hotels, as well as national TV commercials. She specializes in commercials, corporate videos, audiobooks, phone systems, and training videos. She has narrated over a dozen books for authors such as Barbara Taylor Bradford and Maureen Johnson.