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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (478 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Saira Shah Narrator: Saira Shah Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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Born in Britain, Saira Shah was inspired by her father's dazzling stories to rediscover the now lost life their forebears knew for 900 years within sight of orchards, snow-topped mountains, and the minarets of Kabul. This is Saira, part sophisticated and sensitive Western liberal, part fearless (even fierce) life-gulping Afghan, falling in love with her ancestral myth, chasing Afghanistan. Saira, at 21, becoming a correspondent at the front during the war between the Soviets and the Afghan resistance. Then Saira, self-imprisoned in a burqa, risking her life to film Beneath the Veil, her acclaimed record of the devastation of women's lives by the Taliban. Saira discovering her extended family, discovering a world of gorgeous family ritual, of community, of male primacy, of arranged marriages, finding at last the (now war-ravaged) family seat, discovering at last what she wants and what she rejects of her compelling heritage. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corisa | 2/14/2014

    " Is there any period of pleasant history in Afghanistan? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting; the most uneasy feeling I was left with after reading this book is that war is a lifestyle to the Afghani, all that's left after decades of destruction of their agricultural base, and will never change; didn't really want to hear this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 2/6/2014

    " I was not sure what to expect with this book. It surprised me with all the places the author went in Afghanistan. She is one brave woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Alber | 2/4/2014

    " Saira Shah is brave and brilliant--a true warrior. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rehana | 1/31/2014

    " Liked the historical aspect of the book but author's personal journey lacked real depth for my interest. It seemed like a soul searching channel 4 news report - and how soul searching does that ever get?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Austin | 1/27/2014

    " This was an intense book that was sometimes hard to read because she was in the Middle East at a time of so much sad violence, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/25/2014

    " It was interesting, but really gruesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/18/2014

    " I really appreciated the understanding that I gained from this book concerning the history of Afghanistan, as well as the author's perspective on that country's culture. However, I had a difficult time following the story at some points, and think I needed more of a background understanding to appreciate it more fully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/17/2014

    " Remarkable story. Can't image doing all the things she did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/7/2013

    " Fascinating. I didn't always agree with the author's feelings or take on things, but I felt she was open and honest and brave. Enlightening and eye-opening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Bentley | 11/9/2013

    " I only remembered loving this book. I need to go back to reread it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariestruthers | 10/11/2013

    " An excellent book by the sister of Tahir Shah. The Shah siblings are of Scottish/Afghani ancestory and are descendants of master storytellers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 4/11/2013

    " Gritty real life account of recent Afghanistan events and culture. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/8/2013

    " Whet my appetite to learn more about Afghanistan and the conflict and social conditions in the Middle East. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 1/25/2013

    " A different perspective on Afghanistan than the usual we get from the American or European journalist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/2/2012

    " The writing only gets 3 stars but the information and insight gained makes it a 4 star book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhoda | 9/28/2012

    " A journalist's search for the Afghanistan of her father's childhood stories. Well written and historically informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 1/9/2012

    " Very beautiful writing and an interesting little mini-memoir. I admit I was a little caught off guard by this book because I thought I was reading THIS The Storyteller's Daughter so it took me a few chapters to realize that I wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlissa | 9/9/2011

    " This audio was recommended by someone at Bookcrossing when I asked for audiobook recommendations. Saira Shah narrated her book and I liked her as a narrator. The book itself was just so-so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Robles | 5/25/2011

    " I don't think I would recommend this book. The writer was so scattered all over the place. I had a hard time keeping track to who and what was happening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/22/2011

    " Fascinating insight into the country of Afghanistan. Unsettling in many ways as the author sets out to find the true Afghanistan only to discover thst the distance between the myths she has been taught and the reality on the ground is too hard to reconcile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 11/21/2010

    " Fascinating. I didn't always agree with the author's feelings or take on things, but I felt she was open and honest and brave. Enlightening and eye-opening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 5/14/2010

    " This one was recommended to me by my husband. He found it to be very inspiring. I had some trouble getting through this one, mainly due to the lack of a plot. But the author had many memorable quotes which I will try add later. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Veronica | 5/9/2010

    " I am forcing myself to finish this book which is not like me. I thought she was a storyteller, but there is really nothing entertaining in her story. It has dragged on and nothing has really stood out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 4/27/2010

    " Written by the maker of 'behind the veil' - the channel 4 film that showed women's life in Afghanistan under the taliban. this is a beautiful book telling of the authors childhood as the daughter of a famous afghan sufi author and then working as a journalist in Peshawer covering the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/7/2010

    " Loved the Historical information in it....
    and I also Loved how the author used old stories and myth to point out some aspects...
    But somehow and at some pages I got bored of reading....It sort of got the feeling of watching a Documentary...
    Still...It was worth the time.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/9/2010

    " Although not beautifully written, this is a good story. It is worth reading because of the interesting insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rehana | 12/14/2009

    " Liked the historical aspect of the book but author's personal journey lacked real depth for my interest. It seemed like a soul searching channel 4 news report - and how soul searching does that ever get?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/10/2009

    " I only remembered loving this book. I need to go back to reread it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/5/2009

    " I listened to this on tape, and listened twice. I always wonder how much is really true, it's hard to imagine that some of the things she related could be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 11/22/2009

    " Remarkable story. Can't image doing all the things she did. "

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