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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (324 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Holly Payne Narrator: Bernadette Quigley Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781543613544
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She is called Nurdane, the famed weaver of Mavisu. From her remote mountain village in southwestern Turkey, she creates dowries for young brides: dazzling rugs that are marvels of shape and color, texture and light. Her unique rugs possess remarkable healing qualities that have inspired local legend, but it is her hands that are the heart of her mystery. An artist's hands. A virgin's hands. An extraordinary series of events drives Nurdane to question the limitations of her faith and culture as she is caught between the cost of remaining pure in body and spirit...or risking everything for the chance to live a loving life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/6/2014

    " This book started out strong for me, but ended not so well. It is beautifully written and I liked the characters. And perhaps I need a happy ending, or some ending. This left me confused and sad. Not all books can knock your socks off, sometimes you need a "down book". This was one of those for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 12/12/2013

    " The lack of quotation mark when characters were speaking was bothersome - I sometimes had to retrace to figure out who was speaking when. The ending was wrapped up in a hurry. By the end you wondered why some characters were introduced with a story as their story never evolved. Really a 3 1/2 star. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/9/2013

    " I wish the author had of used quotation marks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/8/2013

    " A truly amazing book. Well written & captivating. I didn't want it to end & when it did I wanted to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Decobert | 11/14/2013

    " This book was an interesting look into the culture of Islam and women. In a religion where women have been stripped of their power, how can a woman find security? In most cases, they hope for a good arranged marriage, but Nurdane would never wed due to the after effects of polio. Instead, she weaves dowry rugs and women are desperate for one, sure that the virgin's knots will assure them happiness in their powerless world. But where can Nurdane find happiness? This is the heart of this great story, taking the reader through a differnt world all the way to the twist ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 11/3/2013

    " All in all The Virgin's Knot is a tightly written and powerful story. Two things distract from an otherwise beautiful and bitter tale of Nurdane and her knots, namely the melodramatic ending and the lack of quotation marks for dialogue. Having to stop and reread an area to decypher if something is being said and if so by whom detracts from otherwise beautifully orchestrated flow of this novel. Then at the very end, the carpet (excuse the pun) gets yanked out from under everyone just to close everything on a down note. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 10/16/2013

    " This is an intriguing story, set in Turkey and far removed from American culture. There's a few themes that aren't fully developed that really leave you wondering what happened with that (like the mother goddess journey)... and it is confusing that she does not use quotation marks, and how do people in Turkey know American cuss words? Overall, though, it's an interesting premise and lovely writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sylvia | 9/21/2013

    " Starts off beautifully, painting haunting images of life in a Turkish village. All is going well till near the end when the writer seemed to suffer a brain aneurism and abruptly cut the story short. Shame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iris | 9/16/2013

    " It was a powerful book to read. I enjoyed how Nurdane was being enlightened during those weeks, while questioning the thoughts of what she was taught as a child. She was aching to break out as her own woman, and who hasn't gone through that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merry | 5/24/2013

    " A strange, mystical story. Very vivid. Many layers to think and learn about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 5/22/2013

    " Excellent and thought provoking book about the history and lore of Turkish culture and tradition. The story of one woman's journey learning and questioning what she knows and living a life of loneliness to finding love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 4/28/2013

    " Famous rug weaver (is crippled and wears braces) makes rugs for dowries. She wants to get married herself, but is abused by a group of men. She cuts off her hands. Afghanistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 3/30/2013

    " Not that movies are a measure of a book's worth, but I would love to see these characters, the places, and the events unfold on the big screen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hildy DeFrisco | 2/28/2013

    " WE saw this author speak at a lecture series. Very articulate young woman and book was a nice read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/6/2013

    " I liked this book. It took me to a different world. The weaving information I found interesting as my parents wove rugs when I was young. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/26/2012

    " Interesting book. I struggled with this book because no quotations were used in conversations. Often it was difficult to determine who was talking and I had to do a lot of re-reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronnie | 10/5/2012

    " Not a book that I would normally pick up but read it on a friend's recomendation. A very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassie | 5/27/2012

    " A compelling and enthralling book, but not the ending I would have liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lea Minniti | 2/17/2012

    " A beautifully written story. Great characterization and brought me into the culture of a small village in Turkey where the story takes place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 12/10/2011

    " Honestly, it was a good effort, but I just can't find it in myself to pick that book back up and attempt to read it. I'm over it and, honestly, I wasn't that interested in it in the first place - it had been sitting on my shelf for so long that I felt bad for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 11/28/2011

    " Excellent book. I highly recommend reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/1/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting story. The transitions were sometimes awkward and the story didn't always flow nicely but it was still worth reading. Would make a good book club discussion book, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/26/2011

    " This book made me want to travel again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Awl | 5/12/2011

    " Didn't care for it, thought the ending was the worst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/7/2011

    " I read this so many yeras ago and haven't had a chance to re-read it, however I LOVED it. There was something peacful about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 3/16/2011

    " Not the happy ending you want when you read a book, but it was an enthralling read, and once I realized how it would sadly end, I still had to keep reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cristen | 1/27/2011

    " I'm not the type to NEED a happy ending, but this book wasn't even satisfying. Sad and disturbing through and through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/5/2010

    " Wonderfully written book about a young girl skilled at making rugs in Turkey. Beautiful and fascinating until the end which rips your heart out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/28/2010

    " really enjoyed this book-- "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sylvia | 6/3/2010

    " Starts off beautifully, painting haunting images of life in a Turkish village. All is going well till near the end when the writer seemed to suffer a brain aneurism and abruptly cut the story short. Shame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/24/2010

    " As a weaver, this had a certain amount of appeal and interest but was not the best book I have ever read where weaving was part of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassie | 3/19/2010

    " A compelling and enthralling book, but not the ending I would have liked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julesatc | 3/6/2010

    " Interesting book. I struggled with this book because no quotations were used in conversations. Often it was difficult to determine who was talking and I had to do a lot of re-reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Awl | 1/11/2010

    " Didn't care for it, thought the ending was the worst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merry | 7/14/2009

    " A strange, mystical story. Very vivid. Many layers to think and learn about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chandra | 4/17/2009

    " I wanted it to be a lot better than it was. The story had so much room to be beautiful, but the author closed it in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/2/2009

    " I liked this book. It took me to a different world. The weaving information I found interesting as my parents wove rugs when I was young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 3/12/2009

    " Excellent book. I highly recommend reading this.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/5/2009

    " I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting story. The transitions were sometimes awkward and the story didn't always flow nicely but it was still worth reading. Would make a good book club discussion book, I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iris | 9/13/2008

    " It was a powerful book to read. I enjoyed how Nurdane was being enlightened during those weeks, while questioning the thoughts of what she was taught as a child. She was aching to break out as her own woman, and who hasn't gone through that? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 8/18/2008

    " Famous rug weaver (is crippled and wears braces) makes rugs for dowries. She wants to get married herself, but is abused by a group of men. She cuts off her hands. Afghanistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 6/18/2008

    " I read this so many yeras ago and haven't had a chance to re-read it, however I LOVED it. There was something peacful about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 4/6/2008

    " Excellent and thought provoking book about the history and lore of Turkish culture and tradition. The story of one woman's journey learning and questioning what she knows and living a life of loneliness to finding love. "

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Author Holly Payne

Holly Payne is an award-winning filmmaker and triathlete who teaches screenwriting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. She is the author of The Virgin’s Knot, The Sound of Blue, and Kingdom of Simplicity.