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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 (171 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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A nail-biting but unemotional war tale.

If you're expecting the Beekeeper of Aleppo, you'll be disappinted. This is a very different story, with a very masculine tone. Doctor Sami is not the most sympathetic hero, but you can't help but root for him, as a brilliant surgeon trying to survive and protect his family in any way he can.
The other characters are not as rounded but there's a sense of cat and mouse that drives the story. I finished it quickly and enjoyed the authentic narration, but it lacked emotional depth for me. Some of the most tragic events were glossed over, which is at times was a blessing, as it gets pretty harrowing in parts. Would make a great film.

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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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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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Blocked nose, nasally narrator, forgettable.

Forgettable characters, needless, unnecessary medical detail, highly unrealistic relationships,. A good idea which fizzled rather than flared. Glad I didn't pay for it!

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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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Ground for greatness but never utilized

The premise was set very nicely for a great story but ended up in an average one instead. It was a mix of many interesting things but failed to capitalize in any single one in particular. Rather disappointed by the time I finished the book.

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Couldn’t get into this -have given up

I usually like this genre of book, but this one couldn’t grab my interest. I couldn’t gel with any of the characters and kept getting confused who was who.

I didn’t like the narrator - quite a nasal voice and I wasn’t keen on his voices. The narrative wasn’t clear even though I tried for over 3 hours, I had to admit that I wasn’t enjoying it and have given up.

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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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Incredible

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

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  • Charlie
  • 23-01-21

An epic tale of war and humanity

I loved this book! Like his previous books, Mayland's description of the people, geography and culture draws you into the world of his characters. However, the Doctor of Aleppo is much more personal that Mayland's Mark Saga series. It made me think of Doctor Zhivago. People trying to keep their humanity under devastating circumstances.

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  • Kamalei
  • 30-07-22

Great story

Heart breaking story, interesting, suspenseful. Makes me so happy to be living in the US. Reminds me to never take for granted the freedoms & way of life that we have been blessed with. Thank you to all those who fight every day to keep this country free and defend our borders. Thank you to the families of veterans. Thank you to relief workers & missionaries whom endanger their own lives to help others in desperate need. May God continue to Bless America. Great narration. Must listen.

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  • Teodora
  • 29-08-22

Heart breaking

Anyone who is a doctor, nurse or worked voluntarily in a hospital will be affected.