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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,070 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yasmina Khadra Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dr. Amin Jaafari, an Arab-Israeli citizen, is a respected, dedicated surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. He has learned to live with the violence that plagues his city and works tirelessly to help the victims brought to the emergency room. But one night, a deadly bombing in a local restaurant takes a horrifyingly personal turn, when his wife’s body is found among the dead—bearing injuries that match those typically found on the bodies of fundamentalist suicide bombers.

As evidence mounts that his wife, Sihem, was responsible for the catastrophic bombing, Dr. Jaafari must face the inescapable realization that the beautiful, intelligent, thoroughly modern woman he loved had a secret life that was far removed from the comfortable, assimilated existence they shared.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book’s dark vision of the conflict is powerful.”

    New Yorker

  • The Attack, Yasmina Khadra’s best book, is an urgent, must-read.”

    Paris Match

  • “Moving…[Khadra] nicely captures his hero’s turmoil in trying to come to terms with the endless violence.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Yasmina Khadra has written a thoughtful, thought-provoking book, and Stefan Rudnicki's performance is urgent, immediate, and agonizing.”


  • The Attack is a detective story sans detective, suffused with raging grief over what sectarian violence has made of the Islamic world…powerful and engrossing.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 2/13/2014

    " This book is well written and gives the reader a glimpse into the mind of a suicide bomber. Not enjoyable, really, but certainly a conversation starter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Crissie | 2/9/2014

    " Bedouin-born doctor working in a Tel Aviv hospital attempts to unwind his wife's actions. Yasmin Khadra (pen name, actually a man so do which pronoun do I use?) does a great job of showing the dynamics and intricacies of life for Israelis, Palestinians, Bedouins. Deals with issues of integration, religion, and personal relationships, survival (or not). Shows all the shades of grey. Written in French and translated into English. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/3/2014

    " Another book that really deserves 3.5 stars instead of 3 or 4 stars. The plot immediately grabs you -- a Arab-Israeli surgeon who's well respected and well liked by his Israeli colleagues and neighbors. The beginning opens up with him operating on victims of a suicide bomber, who turns out to be his wife! And then his life turns upside down! Did she do it? If so, what were her motivations? I liked that this book was written with a Palestinian perspective, and it sheds a nice light on the complications and difficulties of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. The characters are well developed, and there's no easy answer at the end. It really made me wonder if people will ever get along and how important it is to try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristi | 1/27/2014

    " For me, this book was intense. I couldn't put it down and that's when I know it's good (for me at least). I decided, after reading it that I should turn to more light-hearted fare though. As engaging as this book is, the end of it is depressing and left me feeling empty. Isn't that a requirement for award winning novels? "

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About the Author
Author Yasmina Khadra

Yasmina Khadra is a pen name of Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul, who is the author of three other books published in English: The Swallows of Kabul, In the Name of God, and Wolf Dreams. He took the feminine pseudonym to avoid submitting his manuscripts for approval by military censors while he was still in the army. He lives in France.