• Leap of Faith

  • Memoirs of an Unexpected Life
  • By: Queen Noor
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-10-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (3 ratings)


When Lisa Najeeb Halaby was 26, her father introduced her to King Hussein of Jordan. Within a year, she became his fourth wife. Born in 1951 to a distinguished Arab-American family, Lisa was unsure what her role would be. King Hussein was not only the head of state in Jordan but also considered the spiritual leader of all Muslims. This memoir provides a vital perspective on 30 years of turbulent world history from the Arab point of view: the displacement of over one million Palestinians by the creation of Israel, Hussein's frustrating efforts for peace, and the impact of Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War on Jordan and the royal family. A fascinating and dramatic portrait of a woman who took a great risk in a part of the world where women's roles are narrowly defined.
©2003 Her Majesty Queen Noor (P)2003 BBC Audiobooks America
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Critic reviews

"Anyone who loved The King and I will readily warm to the love story of Queen Noor and the late King Hussein of Jordan." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A story of love and family, growth and loss, well told and beautifully read by Suzanne Toren, and remarkably moving." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen Syed on 16-07-09


Not being one for biographies, I went into this book with a bit of hesitancy. From the very beginning I was captivated.

Queen Noor reveals intimate details of her life as a Queen in a place that held so much curiosity for the rest of the world. She shares the details of her love for the King and the country that became the home of her heart.

Well told and filled with delightful tales and emotional memories, this story is one that everyone should read. From her unique family background to the intense commitment she made to improving the state of Jordan and people all over the world.

Queen Noor is definitely a woman to be considered extraordinary and the telling of her life with King Hussein is a beautiful one, though often filled with turmoil and despair.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a warm love story with strong characters, all the better that these characters are real.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 16-05-09


Overall this was an excellent historical account of Queen Noor's life and the history of Jordan. Some details were unnecessary and drawn out and I was a bit disappointed the Queen herself only narrated the introduction.

This book is a wonderful story of a Queen who did not live a fairy tale life, but a privledged life. Queen Noor has taken every opportunity to serve her country, family and husband. A very interesting tale of a unique life story.

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