Trade Ed. Time Warner AudioBooks 2004
CS ISBN 1586217372 $25.98 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 1586217380 $31.98 Five CDs
DD ISBN $18.19
Carmen Bin Laden, a Swiss-Iranian raised in Geneva, married a brother of Osama in the U.S. Upon moving to Arabia, she was appalled by Saudi culture and later took refuge in Switzerland, where her marriage broke up. She gives an insider's look at what she describes as the suffocating, self-righteous, pathological Saudi culture, inimical to the West. A bone-headed literalism (if the author has an accent, so must the reader . . .) gives us Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo's nar-ration, earnest but slow and painfully awkward, and corny "Middle Eastern" music. But Bin Laden's message comes through, summed up in her reminder that the majority of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudi. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 04/ JAN 05]
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