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A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the 18-year-old caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch...she's falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
©2015 Renée Ahdieh (P)2015 Listening Library
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By Shelby Ence on 10-24-15

Wonderful Story, Passable Narrator

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was well paced and wonderfully entertaining.
My one gripe was that the narrator wasn't as good as I hoped. Her reading was halting at times and every character was the same, I had a difficult time figuring out who was talking sometimes. I usually listen to everything on 1.5 because I'm impatient, but with this one, I think it needs to be listened to a little faster to keep it engaging.

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By connie on 04-26-16

Great story horrible narrator

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Loved the story, but the narrator is awful. No difference in the characters voices- and there are many so it is hard to follow at times. She is also monotone and sounds like she is reading to children. I listen to a lot of books but this performance was so bad I gave up and bought the kindle version. I've heard worse but this was surprisingly bad for a best seller. The story itself is great- strong heroine,magic powers, love, intrigue. Excited for the next book- but only once I started to read the book myself. Narrator almost ruined a good book for me.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Deanna on 02-19-18

Passable story. Terrible narrator.

The narrator was monotonous. The story (a retelling if 1001 nights) was enjoyable barring some terrible dialogue, lazy descriptions and poorly developed characters.

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By Bridget on 10-30-17

Same general teenage angst

eh, story follows the same teenage angst as most do nowadays but I did like the retelling of this classic tale.

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By Dena on 04-25-16

Something was missing

Through out the listening I was left wanting someone with a richer voice more suited to the tapestry of story and cultural to take up the narration.

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By Tam West on 07-15-15

Ok story, disappointed considering the hype

The narration was really awkward, no change in tone or pace or inflection depending on scene, and a weird habit on emphasizing every 4th or 5th syllable. All these elements together meant there was little tension, an attempted kidnapping scene was read with the same intensity as the protagonist brushing her hair.

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