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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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Intriguing & Must Read

Love: An abstract quality; the benevolence and affection of God, towards an individual or towards creation; (also) from an individual; regard and consideration of one human being towards another prompted by a sense of a common relationship. Forty Rules of Love is beyond your expectations of general image of Love, and more connected to Spiritual kind, for better change in your otherwise superficial and maybe limited perspective view towards nature & loving, in believing. It's a fictional novel with similar to Sufism manual that not only has different stories for every rules, but also, captures events from all Characters' view. Wholesome yet devastating, musical yet instructive, and lastly, it beautifully wraps the Journey of companionship towards believing in Love over two different timelines simultaneously, equally important and Interesting! There are beautiful characterisations, real places and fascinating timelines, smooth blend of fiction and fantasy with real life based events, and most impressive is the Writing! ❤️❤️ Also, (spoiler) Kimya, and Kerra both deserved much better expressive and understanding partners, & to be fair, some events do raises questions from Social point of view, which intrigued me to ask right away to Elif, just like Ella from book, but it's the vibe that's so pure and simple and giving, that it foreshadows every little basic random thoughts. Also, it's a treat to have such strong, important, and varied female characters with genuine relatability, just fell in love with Dessert Rose 😻 So for the One's who are Spiritual and One's who have ever wished for a pure companion, have an awesome experience through it's words of wisdom!

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Profound

I loved the book, the narrator added to the charm and profoundness of the story.

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Amazing

totally loved it....and it's a must read for all book lovers. I am a big of Elif shafak's work. My favourite quote from the book is "if you're a same person before & after you loved; then you haven't loved enough"

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A sufi tale of love

At points in the book, I felt it was surreal. Good for a relaxing listen. Go for it if love, philosophy interest you

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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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  • 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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  • Mr Anuj Radia
  • 24-11-20

Loved it

A spiritual book with a storyline. Thoroughly enjoyable. narrator does a fab job of it too.

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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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  • 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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  • M. King
  • 21-10-20

Beautiful as always

Another rollercoaster of historical intrigue with the always-magical writing of my favourite author. A complex and ambitious novel, a bit too religious for this atheist but quite beautiful nonetheless and with a certain number of resonating truths. I prefer her other works (this is the fourth I've listened to) but I am still looking forward to reading the others.

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  • Mano
  • 29-09-20

Enlightening

This is an amazing book that can transform life; so enlightening and an eye opener.

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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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  • 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.