Rooftops of Tehran

  • by Mahbod Seraji
  • Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross
  • 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With Rooftops of Tehran, Mahbod Seraji delivers a debut novel that has won immediate acclaim for its affecting portrait of life in Iran's capital city.A 17-year-old boy finds his rooftop the perfect escape for taking in the night sky, smoking cigarettes and catching occasional glimpses of his beautiful neighbor. But when his lofty perch allows him to witness the brutality of the regime under which he lives, everything changes for the boy and those close to him.


What the Critics Say

"Told in Pasha's unique voice and partially in flashback, Seraji's wonderful coming-of-age story is at times funny and sweet as well as thought-provoking and heart-wrenching." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Good story, bad narration

This story is engaging but the narrator obviously has no idea how to pronounce Iranian names and words. The way Iranians say "Iran" is "ee-RON" not "i-RAN", and people from Iran are "eeRONians" not "i-RAINians." Listening to "A Thousand Splendid Suns" was such a pleasure because middle eastern (in this case Afghani) names and words were perfectly pronounced, but in "The Rooftops of Tehran," the poor pronunciation is distracting and almost caused me to give up on it.
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- Darius

Very disappointing

This book was much too long for the story contained within it. The characters were poorly developed, and the author repeated the same thoughts over and over again. The ending was highly implausible. It would have helped to have a narrator with a convincing Middle Eastern accent.
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- Jean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books