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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,959 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Queen Noor Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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When Lisa Najeeb Halaby was 26, her father introduced her to King Hussein of Jordan. Within a year, she became his fourth wife. Born in 1951 to a distinguished Arab-American family, Lisa was unsure what her role would be. King Hussein was not only the head of state in Jordan but also considered the spiritual leader of all Muslims. This memoir provides a vital perspective on 30 years of turbulent world history from the Arab point of view: the displacement of over one million Palestinians by the creation of Israel, Hussein's frustrating efforts for peace, and the impact of Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War on Jordan and the royal family. A fascinating and dramatic portrait of a woman who took a great risk in a part of the world where women's roles are narrowly defined. 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 Lynn | 2/19/2014

    " I love to read biographies of authors that live outside of the United States. This is really an interesting story. Might not be so easy to be a Queen! Lots of respect for Queen Noor! "

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

    " Memoirs teaching many things about middle eatern issues through one woman's life who became the queen of Jordan. Very interesting, but since it is written by a middle eastern country's Queen's perspective, one must make its own opinion on the whole story... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/2/2014

    " Not so much about her and the change she faced going from an American raised woman to a Jordanian Queen as I was anticipating, but definitely a very interesting perspective on Middle East relations and happenings from a Jordanian point of view. Makes you reconsider some of the things you thought you knew about that history and continuing relationships in the region. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asma | 12/28/2013

    " i enjoyed reading this book, especially it was written by queen noor herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this book. It gave me a history of Jordan while Hussein was King. I sobbed at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 12/20/2013

    " Although it started out promising, the last half of the book became too political for me to follow. I didn't even finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 12/20/2013

    " A very informative and well-written narrative about the journey of Lisa Hallaby from American to the Queen of Jordan. A very worthwhile memoir. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Giauque | 12/19/2013

    " I read this for book group - reluctantly. When I saw it was 400 pages I was even less sure I wanted to wade through it. But I hurried and finished it in 4 or 5 days. It was interesting just to see how an American young woman ended up as the Queen of Jordan, but I just wasn't sure about a lot of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/14/2013

    " I learned so much about the history of the Israeli/Middle East conflict from this book. This is the autobiography of Lisa Halaby, an American who married King Hussein of Jordan, and became Queen Noor. It could have been a little shorter, but was very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hnmestel | 10/22/2013

    " Wonderfully written. It was very interesting to learn how she made the leap from regular American citizen to queen of another country! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 10/13/2013

    " I read this book a while ago - before 2007 - when a friend lent me this book because she knew I loved memoirs and it included something on microfinance. I remember really enjoying reading it but felt it was definitely a one-sided perspective. Worthwhile to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 10/10/2013

    " I know little of about the Middle East and I thought this was a really good book that gave some insight into the region and its history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/7/2013

    " Draws you in with lifestyles of the rich and famous than springs some Jordanian history on you. Well played, Queen Noor! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/20/2013

    " Her story wasn't as interesting as I thought it was going to be, but I gave this book 3 stars because I loved how much I learned about Middle Eastern politics and truly admire Queen Noor and King Hussein's courage, service and dedication to peace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hali | 9/10/2012

    " A interesting point of view on the conflicts in the Middle East. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/5/2012

    " Shows that you can never know what will happen in your life. Its especially funny when she tells her mother that she must call her her new name or she wont be allowed back in the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Cristina | 3/21/2012

    " It's an inspiring book for women of all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonette | 1/16/2012

    " A rare view behind the veil of a fascinating American woman who becomes Queen of Jordan. Hers is a amazing journey into the world of Islam and the politics of a country set in a precariously position. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 5/19/2011

    " Interesting memoir interspersed with modern Middle East history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Sjoquist | 3/11/2011

    " Read part of years ago, but not really interested in now. Liked what I read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/10/2010

    " Inspiring woman... a practical love story between a man and a woman and a woman and her adopted country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ziad Khashram | 8/7/2010

    " Amazing book, i read it on the plane from new York to Amman. It was an interesting inside look on her majesty's life as our queen. Well written with a bit of comedic situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/31/2010

    " Love Queen Noor...such a selfless person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 10/4/2009

    " Great insight into history and a new look at the middle east conflicts. Reading this makes me wonder how much is influenced by her view point. Would like to read more from the Arab point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debby | 8/28/2009

    " She's two years older than me! An incredible story of an American woman as a Jordanian Queen. We think we have stress - being peace keepers in the center of an Arabian-Israeli world is stress. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 9/29/2008

    " Very good; enlightening! Brings us to a better understanding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa Field | 2/12/2008

    " A fascinating woman with an amazing life and marriage. But if you take it on, keep your Middle East atlas at the ready...I guess I wanted more love story and less history lesson. "

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