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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,316 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dalia Sofer Narrator: Firdous Bamji Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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This New York Times Notable Book - intelligent as it is gripping (Kirkus Reviews) - is the critically lauded, best-selling debut from Iranian-born author Dalia Sofer.

Accused of spying for Israel, Isaac Amin's real crime is simply being Jewish, which gets him tossed into jail after the Iranian Revolution feeds the flames of Islamic fanaticism. As Isaac endures the brutality of imprisonment, his wife fights despair while searching for answers.

Hoping to prevent further injustices, his precocious daughter steals files from the man in charge of the prison. And half a world away in Brooklyn, Isaac's adult son suffers when his family's financial support vanishes.

Sofer, who fled Iran in 1982 when her own father was unjustly imprisoned, draws from personal experience to create a powerful novel that captures both sidesof the Iranian struggle. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garlan | 2/20/2014

    " NOt sure how I want to rate this one. The writing was good, and the characters were all OK, but it didn't really resonate with me all that much. Basically it tells the story of a Jewish Iranian family after the fall of the Shah, and their struggles to free themselves from the new regime. I'm not sure why I didn't like it more. I'd rate it at 3 1/2 stars, but not strong enough to make it 4*. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Bar | 2/12/2014

    " Almost done with this book, and can't wait to see what this author writes next. It is definitely one of those books that sticks with you long after you put it down.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Len | 2/10/2014

    " A family's life in post-revolution Iran -- a harrowing but brilliantly written story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aims | 2/2/2014

    " It took over a year to finally read this book. Interesting but sooooo slow, so very very slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica Robinson | 1/28/2014

    " So far, so good. Opening my eyes about the Iranian revolution in the late 70's, early 80's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari | 12/16/2013

    " Highly Recommend - This a 'Mari Book'. I love to learn about culture, historical events and how average people deal with a situation. I loved this story. I could see it made into a movie - I would see it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nesreen Bakr | 10/18/2013

    " Its a lovely book, but scary. I enjoyed the details and the verses, but the gloominess of the events turned it into an unattractive book quite sometimes. I hope Egypt doesn't face Persia's misfortune. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Csillitoe | 10/1/2013

    " Powerful, stark, unnerving. It's very in the moment. In fact, I think most if not all is present tense, which often bugs me, but works with this. It heightens the urgency and fleetingness of it... and then ends somewhat abruptly with you having no idea what will happen next to these people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meeta | 9/18/2013

    " Beautiful imagery, poetically written and evocative, this book drew me in and held my attention. The end was however abrupt "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin M | 5/31/2013

    " Probably the best book I've read in a while. Definitely pick it up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marialyce | 4/27/2013

    " This was a very quick read. It was a good story and one that was easy to believe. It made one wonder what the people who had no money did after the shah was removed from his thrown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edna Wallace | 3/26/2013

    " A little too close to home :-( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/25/2013

    " After the Shah is deposed during the Iranian Revolution Isaac Amin, a jeweler and gems dealer, is arrested. This is his story and that of his family. Beautiful writing and esy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 1/31/2013

    " Slow starting and I really thought I wouldn't like it. I persisted, and enjoyed reading info on the revolution that I wasn't totally aware of. The author did a good job of making a good story out of some truthful history. It is layered with love, tragedy, pain, and joy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suni | 12/25/2012

    " interesting book and informative as to the time just after the Shah of Iran was no longer in power "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serena | 12/14/2012

    " Tender tale of a family and their live after the Shah of Iran is removed. Touching, insigtful and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudy | 6/30/2012

    " Written 25 years after Dalia Sofer fled Iran, it gives great insight into the revolution and the affect upon this powerful Jewish family. This part of the world intrigues me-- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 4/23/2012

    " Follows one family from Iran in 1982 after the man of the family is arrested and tortured in order to obtain a confession from him for a crime he did not commit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isa Mueller-wegner | 4/2/2012

    " Good read and very interesting account of a family's fate during the revolution in Iran. I sometime found the language a little distractingly dramatic/ flowery but overall worth reading - certainly an interesting subject matter "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Beth | 11/30/2011

    " I can't believe I liked this book as much as I did. I finished it in 2 days, and the story was captivating to the end. An interesting picture of Tehran after the fall of the Shah in the early '80s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 11/14/2011

    " This book dealt with some world issues that I'm not familiar with nor interested in so it was hard to get through, but I'm happy to have read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krysta | 6/15/2011

    " Finally finished this novel (my studies took me away from it) and what a wonderful debut from an equally astonishing author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/29/2011

    " The Septembers of Shiraz is a beautifully written novel about strength and love. I am so happy that I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cglasgow | 5/9/2011

    " Reminded me a lot of The Kite Runner "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 4/13/2011

    " I thought this book was beautifully written. I love the stories of war in the Middle East, and the struggles of the people under the rule there, and this one did not dissappoint. It's not one I would read time and time again, but it is worth a read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 4/11/2011

    " Gives you an insight of what is occurring in Iran and how one family coped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 4/7/2011

    " I loved Dalia Sofer's writing. I couldn't put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 4/4/2011

    " Slow starting and I really thought I wouldn't like it. I persisted, and enjoyed reading info on the revolution that I wasn't totally aware of. The author did a good job of making a good story out of some truthful history. It is layered with love, tragedy, pain, and joy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Awais | 3/23/2011

    " couldnt put this down until I finished it..what a magical read! "

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