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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (653 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Wood Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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Virgins of Paradise is a magnificent saga about the women in a rich, aristocratic Egyptian family, by the author of Green City in the Sun and The Dreaming.

This is a sensuous, romantic, exciting novel of women in search of identity amid historic change, and a fascinating portrait of an ancient nation mired in superstition, magic, and mythology as it emerges into the modern era.

Jasmine and Camelia Rasheed grow to womanhood under the watchful eye of their grandmother inside the walls surrounding a beautiful house on Virgins of Paradise Street in exotic Cairo. They come of age in society in which the subjugation of women is assumed - they must wear veils, are forbidden to leave the house, have no independent rights, and are circumcised to ensure purity and obedience. Each embarks on turbulent personal and professional voyages of discovery: Jasmine, cast out of the family, comes to America; and Camilia sets out to become one of the most famous dancers in the Middle East. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abe | 2/19/2014

    " Okay how can anyone not love this book?! Barbara Wood is a fantastic writer and she really painted a perfect picture of each character, you felt that you were there watching this story unfold. I loved the twists, surprises and reading the whole book come together. I could not put this book down. It is a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/18/2014

    " This is one of the best fiction books that I have ever read. I went on to read some of her others, but I found besides Green City in the Sun, the other plots were uninteresting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxine McDonald | 2/15/2014

    " This book was loaned to me by a close friend and was recommended by her.It is the history of a family that is upper-middle class that lives on Virgins of Paradise Street in Egypt. It takes the family through many generations and political and social changes in Egypt. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Mcbride | 2/11/2014

    " This book starts a little slow but if you stick with it - it's great. This is a nice story about an Egyptian family and how their culture effects their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Chapman | 1/26/2014

    " Just finished this book about a family in Egypt from 1945 to the present when the uprising against Mubarak began. The book provided interesting insights into the life of muslim women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellyn | 1/23/2014

    " This is one of my all-time favorite books. I've probably read it five or six times. It's set in Egypt, and it begins in 1945 and follows the women of the wealthy, aristrocratic Rasheed family through the mid 1990s. It's an intricate, fascinating story that I have difficulty putting down no matter how many times I've read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesca | 1/18/2014

    " A look at Cairo before the downfall of royal rule. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/18/2014

    " I love this book. It is a keeper. I have a hardcover copy and really want to try to re-read it in 2013 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/16/2014

    " Ok...so this looks like a trashy novel because of the cover and indeed I was a little embarrassed to read it on the subway! BUT it's actually a really fantastic read! It follows the members of generations of a very large Egyptian family through all their mistakes away from Egypt and back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 12/27/2013

    " Great book and opens your eyes to the women of India and how they are treated. "

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

    " I loved this book. It was an excellent reminder of the political history of Egypt but also added the aspect of how those events affected peoples' lives there. It was also a great overview of Egyptian culture. I could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 GoldenjoyBazyll | 12/11/2013

    " This was the first of Barbar Woods books that I read. I was hooked. I love the way she is able to weave a story bringing in the past and present and never loosing the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raisa | 12/4/2013

    " This is one of the best-written books I've ever read. The plot was intriguing. The characters had their own individualities that enlivened my reading experience. Not only was I entertained by the story but also gained knowledge on history and the Moslems' way of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Johnson | 11/23/2013

    " Fun to get to know so many different characters. Interesting to learn about their lives and culture. I don't give many books 5 stars so I consider this a very good book. The only negative was that it wasn't "hard to put down". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 9/2/2013

    " Barbara Wood writes great books that span generations, typically about female doctors. This one had a middle-eastern setting. I read it ages ago, but enjoyed it. I should probably reread. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela Martinez silva | 1/20/2013

    " I've read this book like 6 or 7 times!! I just love it!! My favorite of all times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Rothenberger | 1/31/2012

    " An oldie but a goodie. The author draws you into what life was and perhaps, in some cases, is still like for women in Egypt. Many woman's issues are touched on, some that we don't usually experience in our North American society. I loved the book and have read it twice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Cotter | 12/30/2011

    " Great book about a different culture and also a great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalia Santamaria | 12/27/2011

    " It was my first approach to muslim women... hard..it was hard "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 12/17/2011

    " Don't be fooled by the silly title! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 11/19/2011

    " Recommended by Sue. I loved the history, the culture and learning about how the life of women in Egypt. Let's hope the revolution inproves the lives of all and especially women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa | 9/1/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. A good change of pace for me. The characters were very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirlyn | 8/2/2011

    " Book is much better than the stupid title and cover photo, I can't remember much right now, I just have a star in my book of books I have read, which means I really liked it at the time. Sorry not much help there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marycarmen Kuri | 7/29/2011

    " Muy interesante de principio a fin "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Paciero | 7/25/2011

    " Wow great book that takes place in Egypt beginning in 1945 and ends in todays world. Author has done extensive research into the areas history and Islam culture. An eye-opener for me to see how very oppressed the women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 5/4/2011

    " Recommended by Sue. I loved the history, the culture and learning about how the life of women in Egypt. Let's hope the revolution inproves the lives of all and especially women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/3/2011

    " Just finished this book about a family in Egypt from 1945 to the present when the uprising against Mubarak began. The book provided interesting insights into the life of muslim women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/2/2011

    " Set in Egypt, this family epic uncovers the secrets of an Egyptian family that evolves and modernizes in the 20th Century along with their country. A bit soap-operaish for me but an interesting look at the recent history of a country I know little about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesca | 12/11/2010

    " A look at Cairo before the downfall of royal rule. "

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

    " I really enjoyed this book. A good change of pace for me. The characters were very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magiczna | 3/29/2010

    " As much as I liked the book it was NOT about what the description on the cover suggested it would be. Plus, last few pages were really disappointing, too cliche considering how well-written it was beginning from the first page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 11/15/2009

    " one of my fav from Barbara Wood and also from all the books that i have readed. ?? ???? ?? ???? ?? ?????
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 9/12/2009

    " Excellent book. I couldn't put it down. Insights into a different culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 8/3/2009

    " Great book and opens your eyes to the women of India and how they are treated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 9/24/2008

    " I loved this book. It was an excellent reminder of the political history of Egypt but also added the aspect of how those events affected peoples' lives there. It was also a great overview of Egyptian culture. I could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 GoldenjoyBazyll | 7/20/2008

    " This was the first of Barbar Woods books that I read. I was hooked. I love the way she is able to weave a story bringing in the past and present and never loosing the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/18/2008

    " Great Egyptian saga of a family which spanning from King Farouk to Mubarak. An interesting look at the customs of the middle east along with a easy to follow story line. Highly recommend, especially as an easy read. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Wood

Barbara Wood was born in Warrington, England. Together with her parents and older brother, she immigrated to the United States and grew up in Southern California. Barbara held numerous jobs before she sold her first novel in 1976. To date, she has written twenty-five books, including three under her pseudonym Kathryn Harvey. When not writing, Barbara often takes time to enjoy the work of other authors. She also likes to play golf with her husband, Walt.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.