Engrossing. Shocking. An education about the Afghan culture. Graphic depiction of social and sexual mores of the misuse of the Islamic faith. Could not put it down.
In today's world of misunderstanding and intolerance, this book is an eye opener. I highly recommend this book.
The narrator was a bit irritating at times, but I appreciated her pronunciation and accent as it enhanced the meaning of the book. I liked how she used words pertaining to the characters nationality then said what the word meant in english. I felt like I learned a small bit of a new language as well as how the people of Afghanistan feel about the world today.
I will definately listen to this book again and will recommend it to friends.
I chose A Thousand Splendid Suns on the off chance that it might be half as good as The Kiterunner. To my delight it did not disappoint. The characters were compelling and I was immediately drawn into the story. The experiences of these women moved me. Although I believe the story could have only been improved by a woman's insight, Hossein has done a superb job of storytelling, again. One of my best listens, I recommend it highly.
I really did not know what an impact this book was going to have on me, it was such an enlightening lesson on how life is so different for these women then mine and all happening at the very same time the only difference was that I was born in America and they in Afganistan. I loved the book and can,t wait to read The Kite Runner!
If you have read the Kite Runner you will not be disappointed with this next of Hosseini's tales.
This is the first audiobook I have listened to in a long time. I was travelling around Asia in busses and trains and am so glad I had this rivetting tale to while away the hours.
Hossein again takes us into a world we know exists, but have little insight into and through his superb storytelling, leads us through the lives of two very different women. The story of these women and the interaction between all characters was enlightening and very emotional.
The brutality of parts of the story only added to the whole and I highly recommend this audio book to anyone interested in not only a great "listen" but in lives and cultures that differ from their own.
Wow, what can I say. As a woman, I'm so thankful for where I live. As an american, I'm so sad for the conditions we allow to continue, but as a human I see the beauty in this. All I can say is read this book. Get a new prespective on the world.