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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,414 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mahbod Seraji Narrator: Jonathan Todd Ross Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With Rooftops of Tehran, Mahbod Seraji delivers a debut novel that has won immediate acclaim for its affecting portrait of life in Iran’s capital city. A seventeen-year-old boy finds his rooftop the perfect escape for taking in the night sky, smoking cigarettes and catching occasional glimpses of his beautiful neighbor. But when his lofty perch allows him to witness the brutality of the regime under which he lives, everything changes for the boy and those close to him. Download and start listening now!


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  • “Captivating…[Seraji’s] novel is very cinematic, not only in how it portrays the close-knit neighborhood of the main characters—the alley where the kids play soccer, the rooftops where the teenagers relax, hash out existential questions, and confess their love—but also in the way the story builds momentum…Seraji deftly interweaves the political and the romantic…but at its core, the novel is a compelling coming-of-age story.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Set in 1970s Iran during the shah’s regime, this earnest, semiautobiographical debut novel…captures the thoughts and emotions of a young boy and creates a moving portrait of the history and customs of the Persians and life in Iran.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Though his narration is straightforward, Ross evokes Pasha’s emotions of guilt and horror. As events advance, Ross’ reading provides witness to the anger and fear of those living under the Shah’s repressive government.”


  • “Told in Pasha’s unique voice and partially in flashback, Seraji’s wonderful coming-of-age story is at times funny and sweet as well as thought-provoking and heart-wrenching.”


  • “A star-crossed romance captures the turmoil of prerevolutionary Iran in Seraji’s debut…Refreshingly filled with love rather than sex, this coming-of-age novel examines the human cost of political repression.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill | 2/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. I wish I could have gotten the perspective on the events and way of life from the females characters as well though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim Delli | 2/9/2014

    " I had the privilege of reading this book before it was published. I picked it up one morning and was unable to put it down. I laughed and cried and was lost in the world Mahbod recreated for us all to experience. I would recommend this insightful, honest, and moving book to anyone ready to transport to another place and time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marnie | 2/1/2014

    " Great discussion book for book club "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jo Shorba | 1/28/2014

    " I lived in Iran for four years and and this story made me feel I was back there. Beautifully told, it captures your heart and won't let go long after you have placed the book back in the bookshelf. You're in for a treat. I worry, however, that the sequel could never live up to this one!! "

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