Like another reviewer noted this books turning point is a somewhat graphic and incredibly emotional event. That I think this moment is what makes the book so great - we all have a moment in our life which changes us - for the narrator his changes our lives too. It is beautifully written novel that gives readers a look at a world most of us may never experience. It is truly a wonderful experience, although like our lives - it is slow in parts - but the story is worth it. Beautiful book, incredible characters, and a story that sticks with you. Hopefully we all can learn about ourselves as well as the lives of his characters.
Unforgettable! Even though at times the story was almost too tragic to take and the end left me wanting just a bit more hope, this is one incredible book! I connected with the characters immediately and by the end I felt a profound connection to the history and culture of Afghanistan and a deep appreciation for its tragic history over the last 40 years or so.
The story is great, the narration is fantastic. I couldn't stop listening! The fact that the author (an Afghan-American) narrates adds an incredible sense of credibility and personalization.
I can't stop thinking about this story, or tell enough people how great it is, even months later.
Can't wait to hear more from this author...
This book will take your breath away. The main character is at once, both noble and despicable. The landscape is haunting and the listener can appreciate the love the Afghan people have for their homeland. If you would like to have a firm grip on the action of the book, open an Atlas and take a look at the maps of Afghanistan and Iran. The place names are difficult, but seeing them on the map helps to orient you to the locations in the story.
I have a hard time recommending this book yet, I am glad I listen to it. It gave me insight into a world and culture so different from my own and very real in today's war driven society. I found character names and places hard to follow. The language was difficult to comprehend at times. But the story is gripping and character's very real.
This book was a treat and to have it read by the author in perfect English and to hear Farsi pronounciations was a gift. The story is nothing like the classic To Kill a Mockingbird and yet has the same emotional impact with similar themes (prejudice, relationships, love, honor, standing up to bullies), the same elegance of structure and trust that the reader will connect the dots on a deeper level, and same transportation to a different community.
The novel is a bit slow to start, but shortly thereafter is entirely gripping. I was skeptical of an author-narrated audio book, but Husseini does a fantastic job and his accent immerses the listener even further into his beautifully created landscapes of Afghani locations and culture.