This is a great story but what a pity that the narrator thinks that every foreign name and word must be heavily stressed on the last syllable. It wasn't until I read a rewiew in a magazine that I realised that one of the characters was called Laila. The reader also often thinks she has come to the end of the sentence so her voice falls, only to realise there is more to come. This happens so often it is off-putting.
I went by the reader reviews on this one.I don't know if it was the reader or the story, but even through the obvious tragedies, I wasn't feeling it.
Thought the entire book was very uncolorful and bland.
The only part I felt a part of the story and a rise of emotion, was at the very end.
All in all, good ending, but took way to long to get there.
This recording should be dumped and another reader hired. The combination of a minor key sing-song reading style and the poor recording quality really ruin what might be a good book.
Overall I didn't like this book. There were a few interesting parts, but overall it just droned on describing the hardships of two afghan women. Maybe the title should be "A Thousand Splendid Suns - A Book for Women" Then regular guy readers would know to STAY AWAY.
This is like a chic flick. If you are into the feelings and emotions of two women as they grow up, this will be a good book to listen to. If not, then it is not so good.
Just awful. Full of characters with no appeal and chock too full of Farsi terms. What makes this worse is there's no logic to when they terms are introduced. Sometimes in a context where the meaning is obvious, the term is "defined". Other times when there's NOTHING to suggest what it means, no english explination is given. VERY frustrating. If the Kite Runner was a home run, and it was, this one is a strike out. To carry the metephor to its next step, its more like I was hit by the pitcher.
Next time give me a character I can like or respect and prose that flows. Niether is found in this dud.
I was hopeful then I started A Thousand Splendid Suns as I liked Kite Runner a lot. And start was indeed promising, and then suddenly full story fell apart. It was mix of different stories, mixed with dates and historical events, spiced with tragedies ... and I could not care less.
I do believe that described things could happen, it's plausible that such characters could have lived in Afghanistan. I understand the horror of this but it didn't touch my feelings. Unlike in the Kite Runner there was no story to captivate your mind and keep you thinking.
This book read like an Afghani Uncle Tom's Cabin. With Simon Legree, characterized by the evil husband. The cruel pre civil war pro slave owning Southern Government, symbolize by the harsh Taliban. And of course, the two noble slaves Uncle Tom and Eliza, represented by the two long-suffering wives. A true tear jerker. A chick’s book on steroids. Listening to this book was a painful waste of 11 hours and 43 min of my life.