I had read this book before having listened to it, and enjoyed it greatly, but listening to the audiobook was a special treat. The story of Mariam and Laila and the times they they lived in Afghanistan was amazing. I highly reccomend this book!
I read the Kite Runner, couldn't put the book down and was moved to tears at times - absolutely loved the book .. Khaled Hosseini wrote such a compiling story with the Kite Runner I had to read A Thousand Splendid Suns - I choose to get the Audio version of this book and what a mistake; I should be giving this book at least 5 starts but the recording is so dreadful that the best I can do is 2 stars. Atossa Leoni was clearly chosen because of her Afghan ancestry and her capability to pronunciation of all the Afghan words. But that is about the only thing going for her in her reading of this book; the reading is chopping, she drops her voice on the last word of every sentence, her wording is frequently rendered ungrammatical by breaks at the wrong points, her vocal range makes for a boring and often thorny listening experience. And I still have 6 more hours to go.
always looking for my next 'driveway' book
In fairness just not my kind of writing or genre.
I found myself zoning out and hitting the playback on every listen. Does have a degree of emotional punch but full of angst.
I would give the BOOK 5 stars. Hosseini not only weaves a compelling tale but does so with such wonderful word choices. I thoroughly enjoyed The Kite Runner and thought I may be disappointed by A Thousand Splendid Suns by comparison, but I was wrong!
That said, I would only give the audio recording 2 stars. I wish I had read the book instead of listened to it. The recording was not done well. There was white noise in the background and I could tell when they stopped recording for the day. Too bad!
We are so very fortunate in the US. To hear how women are treated and not respected was a bitter dose. Compelling and well written.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story of the two women and the journey that they took me on. A wonderful account of another culture and the hardship faced by women therein.
I learned a lot about what really goes on in the middle east and what the Taliban is all about. At times the book drags on and is depressing but in the end it gives you reason to smile.
I loved this book.....the history, the friendship... the love and the fantastic storytelling talent of Khaled Hosseini. If you only read one book this year... make it this one!