Get Your Free Audiobook

The Stationery Shop of Tehran

Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

Non-member price: $21.86

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

1953, Tehran.

Roya loves nothing better than to while away the hours in the local stationery shop run by Mr. Fakhri. The store, stocked with fountain pens, shiny ink bottles, and thick pads of writing paper, also carries translations of literature from all over the world. And when Mr. Fakhri introduces her to his other favorite customer - handsome Bahman, with his burning passion for justice and a shared love for Rumi's poetry - Roya loses her heart at once. But around them, life in Tehran is changing.

On the eve of their marriage, Roya heads to the town square to meet with Bahman. Suddenly, shockingly, violence erupts: a coup d'etat that forever changes their country's future. Bahman never arrives.

Roya must piece her life back together. Her parents, wanting her to be safe, enroll her in college in California, where she meets and marries another man. But, nearly 60 years later, an accident of fate finally brings her the answer she has always wanted to know - Why did you leave? Where did you go? How is it that you were able to forget me?

Marjan Kamali's beautiful novel, set in a country poised for democracy but destroyed by political upheaval, explores issues that have never been more timely, of immigration and cultural assimilation, of the quirks of fate. And its ending will break listeners' hearts. 

©2019 Marjan Kamali (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic Reviews

"A moving tale of lost love." (The Wall Street Journal)

"Marjan Kamali weaves a powerful, heartbreaking story of star-crossed lovers and Iran's political upheavals...The Stationery Shop of Tehran is at once a layered historical saga of a country struggling toward democracy and an intimate meditation on "a love from which we never recover." (Shelf Awareness)

What listeners say about The Stationery Shop of Tehran

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    82
  • 4 Stars
    28
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    76
  • 4 Stars
    20
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    67
  • 4 Stars
    29
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Bait was set in the first 30 min...

In the first half hour of the book the bait is hooked, then the rest of the 6 hours you can see the carrot stick dangling in front of you, which makes it very frustrating indeed. This book is about WEAK MEN, and unfulfilled LOVE in a historical-political background in Iran. It was an intense book and at parts it had me yelling out loud to the main character. It was a frustrating book and not all the characters stories were closed off at the end, what happened to Bahman's mother? How did he and his family end up in the same place as Roya in America? Did he follow her...the author doesn't say. I enjoyed learning about the Iranian traditions, sayings and food very much. Performance: Mozhan Marno was very good. I will check out other books she has narrated.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Magnificent

An aching love story spanning decades. A story to savour and listen to again and again.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A lovely well written and narrated love story

The characters and descriptions are lovely. However, for me, the books lacks excitement and is long winded

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Lovely story, superb narration

I loved the narrator - she has a beautiful voice and the book is read lyrically. The little insights into Persian culture are lovely. The story is very sweet and beautifully written. My only. Issue was that it was a little predictable - the relationship between the characters was entirely predictable- right until the end - but overall recommended - an enjoyable listen

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful love story

I knew so little about Iran and its culture but it sounds so familiar to my own. Being an immigrant also the details echoed in me. This is a beautiful but unfulfilled love story. The cultural burden of certain culture and generation weigh too much and change too many people's lives. Makes me love Australia even more, a free country and only some judgements.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful

What a wonderful book. Beautifully read. It was an emotional story with a really satisfying ending. I really loved it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

lovely book

really enjoyed this book narrator and story were lovely.a nice quiet read/listen. life in a nutshell

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful!

Such a heartfelt well written story with fully fleshed out characters. The narrator bought it all to life on a way that made me feel right in the middle of it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful

Highly recommend! A full life tale, rich with the best & worst of the human condition. Beautifully read, captures your attention from beginning to end.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

A perfectly magical tale

Listen to this work, absorb it, love it as I do. Author and narrator are pure magic

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2019

Beautiful!

Beautifully written novel, one of my favourites in a while. Mozhan Marnò’s voice lends so well to the story and it’s characters. Definitely worth the listen!!