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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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Beautiful expression of love

This book draws you in very swiftly and gently. The story alternates between modern day USA and ancient Turkey. Rumi's Sufi philosophy is expressed through the storyline very well, making you think about life and love.
The narrator is excellent, changing his tone and his accent to suit the characters.
I will definitely hear it again.

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A most beautiful story!

Each chapter is a life lesson that we all must or try to live by. Amazingly narrated in a totally engaging way. A must listen in every way

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Absolutely in Love 💕

This was a very important book for me in more than one ways. The book is absolutely deserves the hype around it.

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Mind Blowing Experience

This book had made a great impact in my heart.

I am extremely great-full to the universe for bringing 40 rules of love to me

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Incredible

One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. Each word, every page. I actually can’t wait to hear it again. Just incredibly beautiful 👌🙏

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Beautiful book and beautiful reading!!

listening to thia title was like a mindfulness lesson!!
loved the book and the way it was read.

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Great voice work! Good listen!

The book's narration is a little difficult to understand at first but once that barrier is bruised and you listen to the book, through so many different character's perspectives, you'll start liking it. Give it a little patience! the narrator, George Blagden, has made it very entertaining with his voice modulating, accent changes etc to give life to several characters to just voice. commendable job!

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Simple yet it leaves deep imprints

The narration is very calming and enjoyable। The book will Leave it's mark on all।।।

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The 40 commandents!

Loved reading the book and the book within the book. Elif Shafak's book always take you on a journey within and is also very spiritual in its own way. I also liked how she interprets Islam, wish everyone tried to understand the inner meaning of their scriptures and understand the higher purpose. There will not be any religious hate crimes if that ever happened.

very relaxing, would definitely recommend everyone reads it!

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Speechless

Hard to find words to share the mixed emotions..
Love have never been define so beautifully and still remains undefine... ❤

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  • Shopper Delight
  • 08-08-21

Nice book

Liked it. As Jesus said," Love one another as I have loved you". Feel good book.

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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
  • 03-07-22

An amazing book

Contains everything needed. Loved it wholeheartedly
Will be listening to it again for sure. Amazing

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  • cristina
  • 05-03-22

A masterpiece for the soul

Loved it! Skillfully narrated, I enjoyed listening to the story that is absolutely fantastic.
A book for every and each of us.

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  • omar
  • 07-02-22

Masterpiece

Thank you for this magnificent book that’s so magical yet it grounded me so much

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  • Saeed Marzban
  • 19-05-21

The most exquisite book ever written

Highly recommend for any age, race and gender. Valuable lessons hidden amongst every sentence. Finished listening to the book in less than two days.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-21

deep and captivating

loved it. The story, the message...I couldn't stop listening.
I wish there was 5 seconds pause between chapters to make you reflect

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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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  • 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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  • Mary-Clare
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • BadBoy
  • 22-05-22

Absolutely superb and gripping

To be honest I’m a bit spellbound on finishing this. I’m amazed that the Sufi traditions are being wiped out and feel sad. It’s all so correct and in line with other peaceful edicts.

I’m not religious and so the whole undertone of love that permeates this, is just so nourishing and wholesome. Absolutely fantastic. Thanks to the author and the narrator as well. Superb accents and tonality

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  • H M Seems
  • 15-05-22

Understand the profound Sufi truths

This book has taken me to another level of understanding by opening my mind and my heart. It has enabled me to understand the Sufi truths by putting them into a story, I can understand their context.
Such words of wisdom written on their own are difficult to interpret or relate to, but this book opens them to all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-22

Great Read

I’ve been hesitant to read this book as I didn’t quite like the layout. The writer attends to different narratives side by side, cutting off one story piece, to then, directly delve into the other, when In fact, I would have just preferred reading one story. However, having given the title, an easy listen on audio books helped me understand that the importance here is given to the “Forty Rules of Love” that is the essence of the book, and not so much the unnecessary details of story there for superficial entertainment. I soon looked forward to learning about the 40 rules of love and trusted the way the writer had chose to deliver them, despite her going back and forth in time changing the narrative. The point is that the rules of Love are not bound by time. Having always been present in the universe, these rules are here for human beings uncover and live by. A must read for anyone soul searching. Great read, highly recommend 💝. Thank You Elif 💕.

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  • Claire P
  • 13-03-22

Beautiful story

I am never disappointed by Elif Shafak’s work. She weaves such beautiful stories, in my mind they are full of all the things that are important in this world. The Forty Rules of Love is no exception.

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  • KEVIN CENEY
  • 11-03-22

Beautiful

Just a beautiful story contain containing both the frailties / horrors of being human and such spiritual wisdom. I will listen to this again and try another of Elif's books in the future.

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  • sheena
  • 23-02-22

Loved this book

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Beautifully written and narrated. It was thought provoking and certainly challenges you about your life and choices.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-21

Beautiful :)

For all those with a heart that speaks the depths of a wandering dervish, I hope this book further wraps your soul with the bountiful love that surrounds us ever presently.

Highly recommended to all seeking wisdom while visiting life’s tavern :)

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  • Brij
  • 19-06-22

One of the best books I have read.

One of the best books I have read. Wonderfully written, artful and touching. What a treat!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-22

One of the best books i’ve ever read

Exquisitely written, a masterpiece that will only be read and enjoyed at the most appropriate time in your life .

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  • Ava
  • 05-08-21

life-changing.

Blessed to have found this book. A perfect dance with the true essence of love. Infinite stars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-21

Absolutely loved every word of it

I simply could not stop listening to it. It was very engaging and enkightening .

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