Although I enjoyed the book, it is less engaging than the author's first novel, The Kite Runner. One plot weakness of A Thousand is that the part describing the bonding between the two main characters, Mariam and Leila, doesn't seem very convincing, making the rest of story development a bit artificial.
Everything from the narrator's captivating pronounciation (I never knew how to pronounce Afganistan!) to the blossoming of the characters as their world disintegrates around them. There were indeed times I had to stop listening as my spouse came home because I was so angry at the character's situation that I was unreasonable with my own, very innocent husband.
I did have to leave off for a week or so during the darkest part of the novel. I was a little disheartened and needed a break from the soul-crushing plot, but that is the sign of an engaging story, all the same.
This is the best book I have ever read. It should be required reading for every American. I wake up everyday grateful that I, a woman was born in this wonderful country. The story is a touching tale of two afghani women and all that they endure during the rein of the Taliban. A Must read for man or woman. God Bless the USA.
I know the Kite Runner is his better known book, but A Thousand Splendid Suns has stayed with me and I found it most intriguing. Two women come together in an unexpected and sometimes horrible way, struggle to build a relationship in a crazy situation and ultimately create an unusual bond. It reads more like a documentary than a piece of fiction. I highly recommend it - it will make you think about how good your life is.
Simplistic, repetitive, unimaginative writing + Slow developing plot = Me getting exactly halfway through this before abandoning it.
It's a shame because I'm extremely interested in both the culture and the time period. There were some decent parts in the book, but I just couldn't make it. Depressing, no suspense, nothing to look forward to.
I found this a hard book to finish - mostly because the events described are plausible. It is extremely unsettling to think that such horrible things could happen in this day and age, but they do. The hatred and level of violence described are not for the faint of heart. I only finished listening to this book because I had hope that there may be a satisfactory (ie - less than heartbreaking) ending. If you're squeamish or uncomfortable with violence against women, skip it.
On the "audio" side, I wasn't terribly impressed with the rhythms of the narrator. However, it's likely that I would have abandoned the book completely had I been reading, rather than listening, as the narrator was able to guide me through the pronounciation of names and locations that are completely foreign to me.
Yes, the story is interesting. This is my second purchase of audio books by this writer, but I won't be buying any more. I don't think I could take any more heartbreak. Although, that does mean he's connected with me...
When an author comes up with a story as powerful as "Kite Runner", one expects to be disappointed with subsequent offerings. But Kahled Hosseini has done it once again. This is an excellent book told by a master storyteller and narrated beautifully by Atossa Leoni. Two thumbs up!