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Princess

A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
Lu par : Catherine Byers
Série : Princess (Sasson), Volume 1
Durée : 7 h et 39 min
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Description

Princess describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country.

Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: 13-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age; young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room". Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage, and you will never forget her or her Muslim sisters.

A New York Times best-seller, Princess was named one of the 500 Great Books by Women Since 1300. It was also an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Reader's Digest Selection.

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  • RaCho
  • 13/03/2013

Wow...

Such a powerful book. To hear a full story of this princess' experience just brings you in and really makes you feel for her. I hope something can be done for women in Saudi Arabia... :(

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  • Jay Friedman
  • 25/07/2014

Good story but...

Would you consider the audio edition of Princess to be better than the print version?

Probably not. The narrator was monotone and didn't bring much life to the audio portion of the book.

What did you like best about this story?

It was real and authentic.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Catherine Byers?

Not on purpose!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, not at all. The stories were good but 30 mins at a time was enough.

Any additional comments?

Soltana, the princess in this story was one of thousands of princesses in Saudi. In the end, she didn't accomplish anything or do anything historic or even memorable such that reading about her specifically is exciting. She just happens to be one of 21,000 members of the royal Saudi family and talks about the (undoubtedly scary) every day life of a woman in Saudi.

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  • greencoates
  • 13/12/2016

Wonderful Book!

What a thought provoking book. I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks after I finished. Definitely reading the next book in the series!

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  • Jeremiah
  • 22/04/2015

Below expectations

Maybe I missed it, but I did not get to hear what became of her. I have some issue of veracity about some of the things said because I have some knowledge of Saudi Arabia and Islamic traditions. Example, the author said that women cannot enter the mosque to pray, that is not correct. Every mosque has a partition in the back for women to pray at the same time as men. At home, women will pray behind the men.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/09/2019

finished in 1 breath. both funny and extremely sad

i barely worked today. i couldnt stop listening to this srory! the story is so extremely well told and performed. it is horribly shocking and sad, and at some moments very hilarious. i am wondering what happened to this princess and how she got away with writing such a revealing book?
i would recommend ANYBODY to learn about their lives and base your own opinion.

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  • saadtj
  • 01/09/2019

i didn't like this book

i haven't had a book this bad.
a story of a spoiled princess dramatised to become a book that appeals to western audiences .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13/04/2019

amazing story

I could not stop listening to this book every chance I got I listened to it. it's incredible to know that the events like the ones in thisstory are still happening today.

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  • Greb
  • 15/02/2019

Awful truths that feel sanitized

I read about this book a few days ago as a recommendation and it does not disappoint. The Princess serves as confirmation of the tales of brutality that have been written about, but a little sanitized in my opinion.

It is well-written, narrated, and performed.

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  • MM
  • 11/11/2018

Thankful for my independence

This book makes you appreciate our ability to choose our own educational and career pathpath in the United States. I’m glad that opportunities are opening elsewhere in the world is well. #arabwomen #behindtheveil #abuse #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Jenny S.
  • 27/08/2018

Great book!

The ending left a little to be desired of but overall I learned a lot about life there for women. I felt like she strived to give an accurate description of her story.