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  • The Doctor of Aleppo

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  • By: Dan Mayland
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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The Doctor of Aleppo

By: Dan Mayland
Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
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Summary

While working in the ancient Silk Road city of Aleppo, American Hannah Johnson and her Swedish lover Oskar are drawn into the mounting turbulence of the impending Syrian civil war.

After Oskar is wounded at a street protest one evening, he and Hannah cross paths with Dr. Samir Hasan, a renowned surgeon. As the protests swell into all-out war, Dr. Hasan tends not only to Oskar, but also risks his life, his practice, and his family to tend to a nephew the government has branded an insurgent.

Dr. Hasan's humanitarian activities come to the attention of a vengeful, Javert-like secret police officer whose son's death on Dr. Hasan's watch triggers a series of events that will drag Hannah and Oskar deeper into the war and put Hannah and Dr. Hasan in the officer's crosshairs.

Both intimate and sweeping in scope, The Doctor of Aleppo lends insight into how the most brutal, devastating war of the 21st century is mirrored on the personal scale, leaving scars that can never be healed.

©2020 Dan Mayland (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Well written about a tough topic

loved this book despite the difficulty of the subject matter. a hard listen in places.

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well written and well read

the futility of wars and the futility of life.
the need for compassion and kindness at all times.

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Well worth a listen

This story kept me engrossed until the end waiting to find out what happened, why and how.

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Fab book

Everyone should read this to understand what it is like to live in a war situation

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War time suspense

A well paced story with good characters that makes you think about religion, obsession and violence pitted against love, ethics, honour and forces of good. The violent ending was harrowing but brought to a head the themes of the book. Very well read with a good plot kept me interested and involved for the whole of the book.

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A love story that moved me , spoiler alert

An unlikely, unsentimental and profoundly moving tale of love. Sammy's love for his work, his children, Hanna's for the children and the man... set against a background of fanaticisms, violence, stupidity, delusion. The sobriety of the language and the lack of sentimentality made the actions of the characters stronger than words.
I haven't cried at the ending of a book in a long time, but this story truly moved me.

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Good story good insight

As I work in emergency nursing I found the detail of medical interventions very tedious and unnecessarily over explained, irrelevant to the story line, however overall it was a nice story and gave good insight to the plight of the people of Aleppo.

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Fantastic

Heartbreaking. Beautiful story and wonderful narration but it broke my heart, especially since this is how I imagine it is in real life in war-torn countries.

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Incredible

Breath taking story line that is really well narrated and kept me captivated right to the very last word.

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absolutely stunning

Beautifully written and narrated. This book had me hanging on to every last word. Will be looking for more titles by this author.

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