It is wonderful to see how a book written by an Afghan that writes in English touched me so much. I'm a Brazilian who live in a region with many European descendants. Different cultures, thousands of miles of distance, but I still identified myself a lot with this beautifully told tale. The reading by the author adds to the experience. One of the best books I read/ heard in 2005.
I listened to this audiobook primarily on the recommendations that I read on audible.com.
Most of the reviews were right on the money. This is a very well told story and is enhanced by the the accent of the narrator/author. Do your self a favor and READ IT. My goal for the day is to convince my teenage daughter to give it a chance. Once you get beyond the first couple of chapters you can't put it down.
The sad part is this is not a true story - which is hard to believe. It is so believable, that I feel it must be true! Afghanistan has a truly tragic history that so many of us know nothing about. (We are all people and they deserve a life of freedom and prosperity as each of us do.)
It provokes so much feelings for the characters -good and bad. I would love a sequel. I truly miss the characters and reading their story. This is one of my all-time favorite reads.
Great book about a subject most of us know very little about. Just a wonderful story that leaves the listener not sure what turn the story will next take. An added bonus is that the author is also the narrator - just enhances the experience
This book was recommended to me by friends. i loved hearing it in the author's voice. He has the accent of his country and so of course he pronounces all the names of places and people like I never could. I felt like I was transported to a world that I didn't know anything about and will never visit. It brings up many deep issues about relationships between close friends. It reminded me a little of A Spearate Peace. Very well done.
Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.
I love the way everything tied together in the end; the past comes rushing up to meet the future, everything bad becomes better, or at least recognized and reconciliated. The author is a good narrator. At first I thought the book was autobiographical. Even though it really isn't, it has an extra touch of authenticity because of this.
This was a informative story giving insight into the life and culture in Afganistan. A well written and poignant story about two boys growing up as friends and their struggle to maintain that friendship in spite of their heritage. And how, as an adult, one man suffers from guilt largely due to the ignorance of youth--much as we all do. Excellent read.
I loved that the author read the book because it gives you a sense that what happens is real. A beautiful story of redemption and doing what is right. It took me to a place I never would have been. Fueled my interest in Afghanistan.
The glimpse of Afghanistan both before and after the Taliban is riviting. I'm very glad I ordered this audio book and listened, but the deep scars of the protagonist and of the child he adopts lead to an uneasy reading experience. Of course, one might expect such terrible realities from characters embroiled in the cruelties and debasements associated with this part of the world. It's an excellent book, but full of pain.