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Publisher's Summary

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 30 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.

©2007 TKR Publications, LLC. All rights reserved (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the critics say

"Another searing epic....[Hosseini's] tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unimaginably tragic, Hosseini's magnificent second novel is a sad and beautiful testament to both Afghani suffering and strength. Readers who lost themselves in The Kite Runner will not want to miss this unforgettable follow up." (Booklist)

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  • Jeanie
  • 2007-10-31

Truly a literary work

True literature gently opens the mind like a spell. Words flow into the reader's soul like water and paint pictures of the places and the people that populate the story. Such is Hosseini's work as he takes us into the lives of a beautifully human people as they struggle to live and grow in a hostile, dangerous and hate filled place. Read it, share it and grow yourself.

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  • Alanna R.
  • 2018-09-07

This is not the complete version of the text

As my students and I were listening to this text, we realized that this version leaves out significant pieces of information or skips chunks of the text we were reading. So, this version does not work for us. I had to use one of my other credits to hopefully get the unabridged version.

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  • Karen
  • 2019-01-05

The audiobook doesn’t match the book

When following along with the book, the audio randomly skips paragraphs, and does not follow the book. Save yourself the trouble, and skip the audio.

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  • Robin Johnson
  • 2013-02-15

Loved it!!

What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Splendid Suns the most enjoyable?

Wow! What a wonderful way to walk in the shoes of Afghan women during one of the countrys most tumultuous times. I learned so much from these AMAZING and strong women. Highly recommend.

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  • Jenika Love
  • 2021-10-11

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The story is awesome but the person reading it skip way too much chapters and pages I had to stop and read it and play the audio where she started after all it’s an awesome story I recommend it

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  • 2021-07-05

One of My Favorite

This story is heart-wrenching but also strangely up-lifting. That people living in such cruel circumstances can find strength, love, joy and forgiveness within themselves is a lesson to all of us. I know this story is fictional but I find myself worrying about the future for the characters, given current developments in Afghanistan. Beautifully written and engagingly narrated. One of my all-time favorite Audible books.

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  • Lucy M.
  • 2021-06-22

Great story! recording too edited

loved the story, but was dismayed by how much had been edited out. I was simultaneously reading the book, so it was very noticeable. Wish I'd noticed that the audio version was an edited version.

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  • Tarek
  • 2021-01-24

Simply amazing

A heart touching book, describing the tragic story of two girls summarizing the tragedy of the Afghan people.

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  • Katy Rickman
  • 2020-08-19

Couldn't stop talking about this book

Loved it! Well written and perfectly narrated. I cried and laughed. The story of these women through political corruption and war.

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  • Dixie
  • 2019-08-07

Very interesting story

Interesting story, but also depressing to think of how these women were forced to live. However, in the end there is a sense of hopefulness. I enjoyed listening to this wonderful story.