The author successfully took me into a place and a life that I couldn't possibly imagine on my own. His story was compelling in a way that only one other book has done for me before. We often listen to news about lands far away told by authors who have visited and bring to you their impressions of what they saw there but through their own filters. This story was from one who has this life flowing in his blood and he delivers it with that very blood directly to you're your soul. He made me feel the self inflicted pain that the boy/man in this story felt. I usually drag these listening experiences out so that they last to the end of the month. I couldn't do that with this story. I couldn't turn it off. It gets a full five stars from me. I will keep an eye out for this authors next book.
I loved everything about this audiobook. The author's voice and his charming pronunciation of Afgan words - the heart-rending, exciting tale and the honest way the characters, who are flawed yet compelling, are drawn.
Every momemt I spent listening to this book I was totally engaged. Often difficult to hear, but at the same time compelling, this tale of human failings, regret, shame, yearning and deep love is beautifully and artfully told and seems utterly pure and painfully honest. The author's voice seems the only way this story could have been told. I will listen again because I keep wondering when I will find another story this consuming. You must read this book.
At first I was worried about the author being the reader, but after a while I realized that if anyone else read this, it wouldn't have been as good.
I truly enjoyed this book and found myself sitting in my car so I could hear 1 more chapter!
This book contrasts loyalty and betrayal, family and friendship, right and wrong, in a riveting story that begins in pre-war Afghanistan.
The use of prose and language is amazing. This is an interesting glimpse into Islam and the minds of the Afghan people as portrayed in the characters in the book. I didn't want to stop listening. This is one I will listen to again.
Great book. I was completely involved in it from beginning to end. I dreaded the main character's next act of cowardice and cheered for him at the end.
What a beautiful country it must have been once upon a time! And he made his culture familiar to me rather than seeming foreign. I was so overwhelmed by empathy when he described the life in Afghanistan before all the wars began--a culture that's all but lost.
The first few chapters were a little hard to get into. However once past that, the book became very good. This is the first fictional Audio book that I have ever felt was much better than the printed version. This was due to the fact that the author reads the book very well and with his native accent your mind loses track of the fact that it is actually a fictional book. His native pronunciation of the Indian words is much better than trying to decipher the same foreign words in a written book. Excellent story!
I liked it, don't get me wrong. I just didn't think it was such a great read. I have read some books lately that had me riveted and this wasn't one. I would recommend it but not to emphatically. Maybe it was to hyped up.