Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings (Unabridged‪)‬

    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings
    • $21.99

    • $21.99

Publisher Description

The new, impeccable translation and adaptation of the Epic of Persian Kings by Ahmad Sadri brought to life a host of heroic characters and wove their adventures into a thrilling story spanning thousands of years. Containing four grand tragedies and four beautiful love stories, the audiobook is currently going into its fifth edition. It has been a smashing success. We are delighted to present a 12-hour audio experience of this text (performed by the award-winning voice actor, Marc Thompson) against the backdrop of evocative sound design and music editing of Hamid Rahmanian the creator of the Shahnameh project.

Now, make sure you have a good set of headphone/speakers and tighten your seat belts. This immersive audio experience will take you on a journey back to the soundscape of ancient Iranian heroes, monsters, lovers, and warriors. This is going to be one heck of a ride. 

About the Book: Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings is the illustrated edition of the classic work written over one thousand years ago by Abolqasem Ferdowsi, one of Persia's greatest poets. This new prose translation of the national epic is illuminated with over 500 pages of illustrations and will be published in April 2013. The lush and intricate illustrations in this edition have been created by award-winning graphic artist and filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian, incorporating images from the pictorial tradition of the Persianate world from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The new translation and adaptation by Ahmad Sadri, retells the mythological and epic stories of the original poem in prose format. This Shahnameh is an extraordinary literary and artistic accomplishment. 

Published by Liveright , distributed by W. W. Norton & Company Hardcover with slipcase, 592 pages, 500+ four-color illustrations ISBN 978-1-63149-446-8

Marc Thompson, Francis Ford Coppola - introduction
hr min
December 22
Fictionville Studio

Customer Reviews

pari_nv ,


So much glory of Persian art in this masterpiece!! Beautifully narraited by the narraitor with the good sound effects at the back…. So amazing to listen! Feel proud to buy it with no hesitate😎

Elric19999 ,

Enthralling! A masterpiece.

The overall production quality of this audiobook—from the sweeping soundtrack, to the narrator’s booming emotion filled voice—bring these myths and histories roaring to life. I wish they would do every audio book I’ve ever listened to. I knew nothing of Persian myth going into this, but now these gods and heroes are fixtures in my dreams.

Mel Strachan ,

Beautiful production!

I totlaly agree with the superlatives offered in the other reviews! The narration is outstanding, and the sound effects and music add greatly to the listening experience. My partner and I have not yet quite finished it, but are enjoying it totally.

I do have one significant quibble, however, and that is with the description of this audiobook as “unabridged.” It may well be an unabridged version of Ahmed Sadri’s recent translation—which I have not read—but that translation itself is a considerable abridgement of the original poem. Ferdowsi’s poem contains some 50,000 couplets (i.e., around 100,000 lines) and is said to be the longest poem ever written by a single author. It is several times longer than the Iliad and Odyssey combined. This is not to detract at all from the wonderful work at hand, only to let listteners know that this is not the “complete” Shahnameh.

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