The Attack

  • by Yasmina Khadra
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dr. Amin Jaafari, an Arab-Israeli citizen, is a respected, dedicated surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. He has learned to live with the violence that plagues his city and works tirelessly to help the victims brought to the emergency room. But one night, a deadly bombing in a local restaurant takes a horrifyingly personal turn, when his wife's body is found among the dead, bearing injuries that match those typically found on the bodies of fundamentalist suicide bombers. As evidence mounts that his wife, Sihem, was responsible for the catastrophic bombing, Dr. Jaafari must face the inescapable realization that the beautiful, intelligent, thoroughly modern woman he loved had a secret life that was far removed from the comfortable, assimilated existence they shared.


What the Critics Say

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
"Powerful and engrossing." (Booklist)
"The Attack, Yasmina Khadra's best book, is an urgent, must-read." (Paris Match)
"Moving....[Khadra] nicely captures his hero's turmoil in trying to come to terms with the endless violence." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Attack is a mournful detonation at the end of this summer. To read it is to undermine your tranquility, and you can't tell whether the shiver that goes through you at the end is a sign of anguish or relief." (Le Figaro)


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Customer Reviews

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I'm not sure what made me pick up The Attack, but I'm so glad I listened to it. The story - of a man who finds out the hard way that his wife was leading a double life - is moving and thought-provoking. Rudnicki has always been an Audible favorite, and here he gives the character of Dr. Amin Jaafari the weight he deserves, without being overbearing. This performance is complex, emotional, and highly recommended.
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- Diana - Audible ""Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket"

Difficult Topic

I knew this book would not be a walk in the park. It deals with very serious and emotional issues, that will probably not go away in our lifetime. It really addresses the top layer of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The top layer being the end result of all the history of the region and political desicions made through out time. The book does not get into how and why the region ended up in the termoil it is experiencing, but what the end result is and how it affects real people trying to live real lives. It shows the snowball effects of how an action causes a reaction and the never ending cycle. It was nice to read a book on this topic that was fiction. Most books that deal with this topic are non-fiction and biased. Khadra managed to touch on the human tragedy on both sides. I agree with all the previous reviewers. Very thought provoking. I felt helpless and tired when it was all over.
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- Ella "Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.