I use audio books to keep me entertained on a long drive and found this make me want a longer commute. I read The Kite Runner and thought this was even better but also more depressing. I would, however, recommend you save this one for one long listening. There was a point in the book that I stopped on a Friday and I was depressed all weekend. I had to listen to the remainder in one sitting to keep from being any more depressed.
Khaled Hosseini is a brilliant story teller and I loved the Kite Runner so I downloaded this second book. This story is such a sad melancholy story in comparison and thats saying something! I really loved it but at times had a hard time continuing on and would have to take a break from the story for a day and then continue on. I felt deeply for the characters and find myself days later thinking of them. I highly recommend this book.
The narrator is excellent, sounds Afghani, but I hated the book. I'll grant the author has a talent for story telling but for this one I can only assume that he made a list of all the horrible things that could happen to a female in Afghanistan and then outlined a novel to include every one of them. It feels like propoganda to me. I've read personal accounts by Afgani women where the story is what happened to them. That's honest. I've read articles about woman under the Taliban with some egegious examples. That's honest. But this novel is dishonest. It takes advantages of people's desire to read about atrocity after atrocity and it assumes that readers in English are so uninformed that they can't get information except when it's also entertainment.
This is a great story, Khaled Hosseini has a tremendous capacity to tell a story that captivates the listener. The content is disturbing, but the writing is so good as is the story that it grips you. I agree with some of the reviewers that the narrator is monotone, but to me that adds tenor to the book her narration fits the story. I am not quite finished listening, but I would highly recommend this book, especially if you like The Kite Runner
This book, by FAR, is the one of the best spoken books I have ever listened to. The reader was poignant, and true to the part. The characters rich and realistic. The times and experiences of the characters chilling and much too relevant to what has played out in our lifetime. This was a bittersweet and heart-wrenching tale of 2 lives. Everyone who "thinks" that they know "who America's enemies are" should have to read this book.
I had heard wonderful things about "The Kite Runner" . . . and didn't expect that "Splendid Suns" would live up to the beauty that readers described when recalling the Kite Runner. But this book has renewed my faith in a story well told and in the splendor of the written word to incite pathos and understanding.
I cannot say enough about how gifted Khaled Hosseini is. We live in a world where most of us are satisfyingly sheltered from the poverty, injustice, inhumane treatment and devastation that others endure. It is a toss-up which book I liked better: Kite Runner or Suns... but if you have read Kite Runner I would say that A Thousand Splendid Suns is a must-read. If you haven't read Kite Runner, do so and then move on to Suns. The narrator does a fabulous job speaking in both languages and drawing you into the Afghanistan world. I love books that stimulate me, educate me and move me. I await Mr. Hosseini's next novel anxiously.
Thank you for another view of the conflict in Afganistan. It was riviting. I'll be looking for another to continue to expand my understanding of the conflict.