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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: March 2010 ISBN: 9781455183951
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 1/2/2014

    " What would you do if you found out your wife was a suicide bomber? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/28/2013

    " Great writing but unhappy ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya Nasr | 12/24/2013

    " I highly recommend this book for those who are far from the wars of the world. It puts things in perspective in a way that not many books can. Very intense and dark, it is unsettling to think of the injustice of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Johnson | 12/19/2013

    " Superb book. It gave me insight into suicide bombers' perspectives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 12/4/2013

    " Man struggles to understand why his wife would do such a horrendous thing. That we do not always know those we love and what makes them tick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kia76 | 11/21/2013

    " Un pugno nello stomaco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 11/19/2013

    " I found this a very interesting read. Disturbing at times considering the topic. I am still confused as to what complels people to do this type of thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Peterson | 11/12/2013

    " This is an exquisitely wrought story of perseverance in the face of a seeming deception and incredibly inhumanity. A journey of the soul. Look at the friendships in this story and ask where we would be, without those who stand by us through everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Bloss | 7/29/2013

    " Enjoyed this book, good look into mid east culture. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny Post | 6/12/2013

    " So disappointed. It had such a promising premise (prominent doctor in Israel finds out his beloved wife is the suicide bomber in a recent attack - this is revealed in the summary on the back!). It was nearly 200 pages of whining and self-pity; it has practically no plot and is incredibly repetitive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dominicana | 6/7/2013

    " Started off strong...then it withered away at about 3/4 of the book. Not as enticing of a story as I thought it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 2/16/2013

    " Interesting book that takes a unique approach at suicide bombing and the atrocities in the Middle East. It had suspense and unexpected turns in the story. Shed some light for me on the struggle of those who live in that region of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 9/13/2012

    " It was a good book even though it was sad to think people think the way they do and do not treasure their lives like we do in the Western part of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill Mclauchlan | 11/29/2011

    " would recommend this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lore | 8/7/2011

    " The book gives insights in a situation known to all due to the reports on the news, but understood by those few peole who actually live there. Without forcing our opinion in one camp or another! Good story, everybody should read it once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Horricks | 6/28/2011

    " I couldn't stop talking about this novel for a year..and obviously I still can't..must tell you something right? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Ostrom | 5/21/2011

    " Very interesting story. I learned quite a lot about the middle east and a smattering of understanding of how their customs figure into things. It was sad, but realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianabadescu | 5/14/2011

    " Great line " time to let God go free...we have held him prisoner of our bigotries for too long"
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liliane | 4/15/2011

    " Nicely done. Vivifies the Palestinian struggle, their torcherous existence and the absurdity of war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anton | 3/21/2011

    " The translation could have used an editor. "

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

    " I really liked the writing style and cultural background of this story. But I must say that after the half of the book these positive sides had run down. But Maybe I am just an impatient reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mspianobug | 2/11/2011

    " Very interesting story. I learned quite a lot about the middle east and a smattering of understanding of how their customs figure into things. It was sad, but realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/4/2011

    " I found this a very interesting read. Disturbing at times considering the topic. I am still confused as to what complels people to do this type of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/4/2011

    " Despair and hopelessness. How does one carry on/live with such --- walk by faith, clinging to your dreams and the good that is within you??? Found myself wishing there were a way to wipe away the pain and resignation and to soothe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 1/28/2011

    " An interesting insight of the personal struggle that takes place in the Mid East, particularly the struggle involving the understanding of the motivation as to why a suicide bomber chooses to kill one's self for "the cause." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dominicana | 1/5/2011

    " Started off strong...then it withered away at about 3/4 of the book. Not as enticing of a story as I thought it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/22/2010

    " Remember the smell of the orange trees he describes. Moving work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 11/15/2010

    " What an intensely gripping and good book. I loved the characterisation. You live with the main character through his grief, questions and ultimate resolve right to the end of the book. This is a wow book with huge punch. I would love to read everything else by this author. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.