I buy my audiobooks at the local discount book shop as they are so expensive full price, but it does restrict one’s choices.  This came from the bargain bin at 49p – not always the best recommendation of quality, but, reassured by the Penguin logo, I picked it up anyway, and I’ve been well rewarded with an intriguing and apparently well-researched family saga in a Saudi and international setting.  Of course this tale is overshadowed and perhaps unbalanced by the presence of Osama Bin Laden as one of the dramatis personae, but the early chapters, recounting the rise of the dynasty, are perhaps even more fascinating.

I lost bits of the narrative and analysis as my attention dipped in and out through the 11 hours of this reading, but I will be very happy to listen through again.  When did I last get such good value for a 50p piece?


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