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  • Everything Sad Is Untrue

  • (A True Story)
  • By: Daniel Nayeri
  • Narrated by: Daniel Nayeri
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Everything Sad Is Untrue

By: Daniel Nayeri
Narrated by: Daniel Nayeri
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Summary

At the front of a middle-school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny; who makes things up and talks about poop too much.

But Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night with the secret police moments behind them, back to the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy...and further back to the fields near the river Aras, where rain-soaked flowers bled red like the yolk of the sunset had burst over everything, and further back still to the jasmine-scented city of Isfahan.

Like Scheherazade in a hostile classroom, Daniel weaves a tale to save his own life: to stake his claim to the truth. And it is (a true story).

©2020 Daniel Nayeri (P)2020 Listening Library

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This Story Had to be Told

This story had to be told and I'm so glad to have listened to it. Sad stories told with such warmth and humour. There's so much that goes on that we mostly know nothing about. We see the news, the snapshots but Daniel tells of the humanity. Don't want to say too much, but recommend it wholeheartedly.

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listened to this twice

Having got into what was going on, his style of writing... I listened again. Then bought printed copies for friends.

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A story every Westerner should hear.

Excellent storytelling about an important life, and the power of real hope. Real, funny, raw, heartwarming and aspirational all at once.

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loved it!

great story telling and keeps you guessing. well written and well read. best read of the year

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A Truly Wonderful Book!

Such a moving and important story. Written with such honesty and capturing a child's perspective so well. Such an important voice and story to have unleashed into the world, that managed to carve its own path and stay true to his experience, avoiding feeling compelled to stay in one camp or the other. It was such a gift to listen to! Fantastic to have the author as the narrator too!

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Beautiful autobiography

This autobiography is told in the most beautiful storytelling tradition. A beautiful story of truth, tenacity, hope and love - a story of holding on to your history, while navigating a new world, and doing it all with courage and honesty.

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