I downloaded this audio book to listen to while painting a room in my house. I needed something to occupy my mind while I completed this boring task. That room has the most coats of primer and paint than any other in my house! I just did not want to stop listening, even when it had ended. I will not rehash the plot, others have done that very well here. I will, however say that this is a beautiful,heartbreaking and uplifting tale that will stay with you long after you have finished it. This book has put a very human face on the Afghan situation that was not there for me before.
The narrator at first seemed a little dull to me, but I was so wrong. Her calm style, beautiful pronunciation and soothing voice made the horrors of the plot bearable.
If I had read the book instead of listening to it I know I would have been unable to stop myself skipping ahead a paragraph, a page or more, just to reassure myself about what was coming next .The audio allowed me to experience the unfolding of the story as the author intended. Sometiimes the anticipation was so nerve racking I had to put down my paint brush and cover my eyes, wierd I know but it is a very " visual" read.
This book is certainly one credit well spent. Don't miss it
I listened to the first half of the book and didn't enjoy it at all so I checked other reviews and many people said the second half was better so I kept listening. Sadly, after really enjoying the Kite Runner, I felt this book was sophomoric and pedantic, and there were many spots where the story where the characters' actions just didn't ring true or make sense to me. Writers are often admonished to show, not tell, but there was way too much telling in this book. Writers are also told to "write what you know" and I'm afraid the author really doesn't know women from the inside out--they seemed like women written by men. Overall it was disappointing. I felt lectured to, instructed, via the use of cardboard cut-out characters who I never came to care about.
I really enjoyed this book. The narration was great; easy to follow. I loved Kite Runner and was not disappointed with Hosseini's new book. However, I could not listen to it all at once. The violence in it got to me. The story was compelling and the characters real. I loved Hosseini's imagery; I could picture the characters, the city, the homes, Afghanistan.
If you love to follow events of historical significance and appreciate the social and psychological implications of those historical events, you will love this book. The characters are well developed and multi-dimensional. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Having no knowledge of this exotic and distant world, I was quickly educated (and horrified) at this beautiful story of two memorable women from opposite areas of life. With so much fear and trepidation about those of Islamic faith in the middle and far East, this book brings a calm and clarity of everyday life, albeit so horrendous, in our otherwise stormy world.
It was surprising to me how much I enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns. The book always move along at a nice pace, never seeming to lag. I found the subject matter (the lives of two women in Afghanistan through the 70's to 2001) to be an interesting and rich backdrop for this compelling story. This book's highs and lows really took me for an emotional ride.
The narration was done by a woman who seemed to be just the right voice for the narration of the two main character's in the book.
Rarely have I become so involved with the characters of a novel as I did with this book. The Kite Runner was a difficult book to follow in terms of excellence, but the author clearly demonstrates that his writing talent is genuine with this second book. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in understanding the people of Afghanistan.
What is the difference between an A and an A+. You find out when you read this book. The reader left much to be desired, but if she had been any better the other reviewers would have created fender benders all over the US. The story outweighs the total sum of the parts and becomes a five. You leave this book with a compassion you will carry for all oppressed women in the world.
This author can write. I very much enjoyed the Kite Runner but wondered if the success was freshman luck. Not the case. this is very much a similar tale but told from a female persperctive. Terrific!. Now I can't wait to see if he can write something this well not involving the Afghan war. I hope so....
This book really brought into light some of the effects that war has brought. The narrator is very good and easy to understand. This book will be around for years and years.