This is one of those books that permeates your mind and becomes part of you. The writing, as in Kite Runner, is just beautiful. The plot breaks your heart. The characters become part of you. And the narrator adds SO MUCH to the presentation of the book! Her voice is so rich and genuine, her intonation so perfect, you almost feel that you are in Afghanistan as you listen. I can't say enough good things about this purchase. Don't hesitate on this one.
This book is a GREAT and beautiful work of art. It is touching, poetic, educational and inspiring. Hosseini tells his story very, very well.
When I read "The Kite Runner" by this author, I was totally enthralled with his story telling. So much so that I immediately listened to the book again. So when I heard that Khaled Hosseini had a new book out, I jumped right on it.
For me this book was even better. Even though I have another book waiting to be listened to, I have started this book again.
As with the previous book, the story telling is so good you can smell the spices, feel the bombs, and most all the pain of the characters.
Thank you Khaled Hosseini, you sir are an excellent story teller.
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Loved the book, if a person could "love" the tradegy and sorrow of this story. He writes well and portrays clearly and from what little I know, accurately, the horror that has been Afghanistan since the Soviet invasion. The reader was horrible. She made it difficult to listen to. She doesn't get the phrasing right, leaves sentences hanging, sing-songy voice. Poor reader. Don't let her ruin the book for you.
The story of the people in this book is well written and moving, but the insight that I, as an American, get to have into the turmoil that is the Middle East is priceless. Granted, it is fiction, but living as we do we never truly understand what it is not to have basic freedoms and rights. As a woman, this shed light on a subject that is unfathomable to me in this day and age. Great book.
I was deeply moved by the story and characters; the book is beautifully written and engaging. I agree with the other reviews that it's even better than Kite Runner, which was already good. For the book itself I would have given it five stars, but the flat, oddly stilted narration drove me nuts. I liked her pronunciation of the foreign words, but unfortunately the narration overall distracted from an otherwise excellent read.
This book is fascinating, but some of it is difficult to read. This should not discourage you from reading the book. It is beautifully written and most of the characters are very real and fully formed. This is a MUST read and will become a classic, much as Khaled Hosseini first book, Kite Runner, has become.
The book follows the lives of two women over a period of 40 plus years. Set in Afghanistan, the tale is set against the history and politics of this country about whom most of us know so little. I come away from this book with a new understanding of the rise of the Taliban, the role of the US and the USSR in the political history of that country as well as a deep affection for the characters of the story. Good narration as well. A book worth reading.
I have just listened to this book non stop over many hours and did not want it to end. The book covers an extraordinary period in Afganistan history as well as the lives of two remarkable women. The production is both credible and sensitive, with the reader's voice giving good pronunciation of local language and names, as well as capturing the history, pathos and drama very compellingly.