A Thousand Splendid Suns

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Narrator: Atossa Leoni
Genres: Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: May 2013
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Overview

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghanistan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them--in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul--they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

Reviews (38)

Written by Frank P. on October 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a beautiful depiction of the ever difficult way of life in Afghanistan for all people, but this book especially focused on the women of the region. Well written and kept me intrigued the entire time.

Written by Anonymous on September 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Such a wonderful book. My second time reading it was even better than the first! Beautiful storytelling.

Written by Anonymous on April 20th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book.

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Written by Huibrecht P. on April 19th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I highly recommend this book.

Written by Kadance A. on October 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This novel is absolutely breathtaking. Throughout the entire book the author keeps you interested in the characters and what will happen to them. Excitement never falters, and this story does a fantastic job at recalling the events in Afghanistan at this point in time. The narrator was incredible in that she portrayed each character well, showing the various emotions and ways of speaking. The perfect combination of talented writing, and narration, resulted in me never wanting to hit pause. I finished the entire thing in one day. I highly recommend listening to this brilliant book filled with plot twists and beautiful story telling. I personally was absolutely devastated when the book was finished because it meant that I couldn’t continue enjoying this amazing piece of literature.

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Written by Cathy B on July 23rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Well written and well read. An amazing story of the lives of 2 women and the entertwining of their lives. It made me realise that no matter how ordinary a life may seem at times, every life has an effect on others and is important. I loved this book but am very pleased, as a woman, that I don't live in that part of the world. Can only recommend this work - thoroughly enjoyable.

Written by Sharon H on May 29th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have mixed emotions about this book. Although it was superbly written and narrated I felt so sad throughout the book. I even shed a tear at the end. It is definitely a haunting story. I do recommend reading it or listening to it, it is definitely a book I will never forget

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Written by Chelsea A on April 1st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

While the book did not rival Hosseini\'s Kite Runner, their novel still burrowed into my heart the vast burden that women in Afghanistan often carry. The cultural differences, religious practices, and relationship dynamics were powerfully described in a way that was hauntingly authentic. The narrator transitioned smoothly from English to Arabic words and added to the listening experience. If you want to see the Afghani lifestyle through the eyes of fierce, loyal, sacrificial women, in the turmoil of coups, the Taliban, and 9/11, Hosseini\'s piece will leave you with an impression you cannot soon forget.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Written by Vanessa Yenson on October 20th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved the book. The narration really made me appreciate the culture and language. Simply wonderful.

Written by Tabitha Hewitt on March 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I've read this book many times, it is one of my favorites of all time. It really speaks of a life that so many of us don't know, but it connects us through heartache, abuse, perseverance, and love. Mariam is a strong character and the author shows that continuously throughout the book. I thought the narration was just okay. I didn't love the voice of the narrator, it was high pitched and seemed happy even through some very dark scenes in the book. She tried to change her voice for the different characters but it just didn't work out very well. My husband even commented on the voice when he heard me listening to the book. Someone with a lower and broader range for the book would have fit much better I think.

Author Details

Author Details

Hosseini, Khaled

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History at a large high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Afghan Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then Afghanistan had already witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States. In September of 1980, Hosseini's family moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini graduated from high school in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California-San Diego's School of Medicine, where he earned a Medical Degree in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Hosseini was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004.

While in medical practice, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, in March of 2001. In 2003, The Kite Runner, was published and has since become an international bestseller, published in 48 countries. In 2006 he was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. His second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns was published in May of 2007. Currently, A Thousand Splendid Suns is published in 25 countries. He lives in northern California.