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The Forty Rules of Love

Written by: Elif Shafak
Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, read by George Blagden.

Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella's life - an emptiness once filled by love.  

So when Ella reads a manuscript about the 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his 40 rules of life and love, she is shocked out of herself. Turning her back on her family, she embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work.  

It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored....

©2019 Elif Shafak (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Just Brilliant

Intend to read more of Elif Shafak. Narration was also brilliant. I am a non-believer but still loved the book. Happy to know about the lives of Rumi and Shams.

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I was questioning my life and the way I am living.

I am intrigued by Sufism now, I know that there are Sufis but never really understood them and I don't think I still understand but this book surely light up that flame to know more. I love how the characters changed but the story ras the same loved the perspectives of different characters sharing the same story.

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  • AJ
  • 23-07-20

Life will never be the same

Amazing is an understatement for this book. Something in me has changed after reading this book. Like they say, things come to you in divine timing and I was ready to re comprehend the forty rules. This book will resonate with you, if and only if you're ready. I'm so thankful to Ms. Shafak for writing this masterpiece.

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Shams teachings in an interesting novel.

Very interesting plot and gripping narration. This book teaches us the best teachings of shams in a very gripping novel and practical approach. Also, Full marks to the narrator for outstanding deliverance. However, at some part i felt a bit disconnected and also couldn't relate to some of the incidences... But those are tine bits and pieces. Overall, a very good experience.

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Deep. Soulful.

If you are a person looking for meaning of true love, this is the book for you. It speaks about values of Sufism in a lucid , engaging way. Listening to this book had a strange calming effect on my mind and I even bought a paperback copy of the same to go through it again and again

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Ab excellent read. One of my must read books list.

Love in all its variations experimented and defined under the backdrop of Sufism. It's a must read for all spiritual seekers and romantics.

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CAPTIVATING !!!

Lovely story made all the more wonderful and captivating by the narrator. I had a great experience listening to this GEM of a book.

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thoroughly entertaining , amazing book.

loved the book and the experience was made even more remarkable due to the amazing narration.

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  • HJ
  • 10-04-20

Deep and Beautiful

A lovely book. It is not what you would expect from the title, it is much more than that. It is about Sufism, about Rumi about Shams a Tabriz. Loved the way, the author tied Rumi and Shamz ' story with Ella's. Will make you stop and think about life and love in general and in particular too. There's an odd peaceful feeling after listening, it is like one of those stories that leave an after effect, especially the part about Rumi and Shamz. The narrator did a very good job of bringing life to it. Would like to read more stories from the author.

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Brilliantly written and narrated even better !

One of the most beautiful books that I have read! beautifully written ! and amazingly narrated by George ! a must must read :)

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  • Essra
  • 19-10-19

A touching story and an equally touching narration

The book has successfully given life to many characters, each of which had their own beliefs and opinions. The narrator did a great job embodying the different characters and distinguishing between them. The only reason I didn't rate it as a 5 star book was because of the gloominess that surrounded the final chapters.

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  • Asrar
  • 17-09-19

Surprising, captivating, and thought provoking.

I thought this was going to be another trendy Middle Eastern romantic story. It came recommended by people who's views I admired, so I read it. It ended up redefining many skewed meanings I had in my mind about the religious and (or should I say v.s) spiritual areas of life. Will probably read it again at another point in time. Highly recommended if you're a 'truth seeker'. George Blagden's narration was mesmerising!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-20

A true eye opener

I was quite perplexed wether to buy this, thinking it might be anther generic love novel. How wrong was I - this book is a true eye opener, it is about love; but a very philosophical approach to it. The story was excellent & one can definitely improve oneself by listening to this novel. Amazing.

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  • Priscilla Spiga
  • 08-06-20

This warms your brain and your heart

This book may be a fiction, but it gives so much that I will listen to it again and again. So well written and also so well interpreted ❤️ thank you to everyone involved

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-20

Sensational!

Beautifully written and narrated. The end will leave you wishing there was more. The teachings are profoundly inspiring.

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  • Arabian Bee 🐝
  • 24-04-20

My first Audible experience

This book was recommended to me by my friend who also suggested signing up for audible. The Forty Rules of Love is the first book I have read by Elif Shafak. It’s a beautiful story about love, kindness and friendship. I particularly enjoyed Shafak’s descriptions of whatever there was in this book. Moreover, different colours of the voice of the narrator added this extra factor to the entire experience. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Ghada
  • 07-01-20

This book is like no other book

The book is amazing but also the narrator adds a very nice touch to the book. I listened to the whole book in 2 days and it just felt like a healing therapy. It is like no other book!

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  • Christina Auerbach
  • 20-12-19

The Forty Rules of Love

Very beautiful book with profound wisdom. a delight entering the world of Rumi and Shams

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  • Chris N.
  • 18-01-20

"The Embodiment of Nothingness"

Astonishingly beautiful and readable love story, mystical poem and historical adventure. I can't remember when I last read a novel that impressed me so much.

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  • mary-clare blackburn
  • 21-07-20

Beautiful and full of wisdom

Narrated with warmth and compassion. The narrator gently illustrates many different characters subtly and effectively. An intricate web of colourful characters, this beautifully written book carries you through history and brings to life timeless truths that are needed today more than ever. So grateful to have received this precious gift.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-20

Great story, not great audio

You really need to pay attention with this audiobook because voices don’t change often and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. Story was great, I just wish the speaker had more diversity with his deliverance.

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  • Nahida Rasul
  • 22-08-20

Amazing! This book sparked a yearning for more!

Absolutely gripping and well written. I'm left with the need to explore Sufism further! Thanks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-20

absorbing

very absorbing, entertaining and refreshing. life lessons to think about going forward. not what I expected from the synopsis but very grateful that I chose it.

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  • Michael Kavanagh
  • 26-04-20

Beautiful and Inspiring

Beautiful and Inspiring. Heart opening and enriching. I would recommend this book to any person who wants to further inhabit their spiritual life in a way that is intimate and lighthearted.

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  • Fab1
  • 12-02-20

A book that insists you reflect

Loved it ! I know I'll be istening to it again and again. Highly recommend.

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  • Hazel Oakley
  • 16-01-20

Prettily written gibberish

If you're not spiritual in your soul, don't bother. I really tried but couldn't finish.

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  • Ke Donn
  • 08-01-20

Beautiful story

Really enjoyed listening h to this wonderful tale and it was made even lovelier by George Blagdens soothing voice. it has awoken a new interest in sufism..something I didnt know much about but now want to find out more

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-20

Sooo disappointing, awful narration and worse plot

I had been so looking forward to this book as I really enjoyed 'The Architect's Apprentice' by Elif Sharak and am a big fan of Rumi so this book sounded wonderful, unfortunately it was a massive disappointment. The narration was awful and such a weird choice - using an English man to play and American family (mainly a mother and daughter) as well as multiple Persian characters - he unfortunately did so in such a meek and simpering way for all the characters you can't ever get beyond his annoying breathy tone into the story. But even if you could, the plot is terrible as well. There is a Sufi mystic lecturing at you for whole portions of the book which becomes increasingly dull, but worse than that, is the quite frankly entirely unbelievable central plot of the correspondence between the main character -a self-proclaimed housewife- and a globe-trotting sufi author. We're supposed to believe they're falling in love through their letters, however while the sufi sends her interesting and thoughtful observations on the world as he travels through it, she responds by only ever really talking about how boring she and her life are, putting herself down and begging for reassurance (from a man who doesn't know her). There are also some weird anti-female undertones to the Rumi part of the book where he and the mystic are straight up shitty to his wife for her wanting to be remotely involved or acknowledged, and the mystic (who's entire purpose in life is to follow the religion of love), marries Rumi's adopted daughter, decides for some inexplicable reason he can't have sex with her, and then lets her go crazy and die of heartbreak which honestly doesn't seem to bother him or Rumi at all, and they continue merrily on their way. What even is this book!?

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  • shae
  • 29-05-20

magical

magical words from elif shafak! amazing journey within your soul. love is the answer to eveything

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-19

Cookbook

I’m drawn to the topic around which this book is written. However, it didn’t really lift off into good fiction when based so much on an already established set of circumstances. It was more like following a recipe in a cookbook. Also, there were far too many characters written in the first person. Tiresome for any reader.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-19

Great Mix of Fiction and Wisdome

Opening up the Black box. Now can understand and see the plan a bit clearer. Be Rumi. 😉🖤🖤🖤🧿

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-19

Beautiful

Quick, passionate, Educational. A heartbreaking warm hug. Reminds me to have my heart broken to know love fully.