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Publisher's Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
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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3 out of 5 stars
By connie on 04-26-16

Great story horrible narrator

Any additional comments?

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 04-29-18

Poorly Executed...

Overall, I wanted to like this story. The premise is original, but more then once the plot, (especially at the end) is unsatisfying and leaves the story unresolved with no real value. My biggest bugbear is that this does not make use of the rich emotional material that is at hand from telling Arabian Nights from our heroine's perspective beyond punative, teenagery rebuttals lacking any true depth. Any conflict in this book just ended up sounding unexplored, angsty and lacking the sardonic notes it was trying to hit. I struggled to get to the end 5 chapters in...

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3 out of 5 stars
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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3 out of 5 stars
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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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
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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