Living in a Middle Eastern culture myself, I was highly impressed with this story. It is realistic and believable. I could readily picture Amir and Hassan as they played and lived in a side-by-side, yet nowhere near equal, situation.
I both laughed and cried! This is a story which is difficult to pause for a few moments, for the evening... Let it suffice to say that I was staying up past my bedtime every night throughout this book.
I hope that Mr. Hosseini will be willing to write a sequel to this book.
I'm sure you have been told to read / listen The Kite Runner. This review will be nothing new but I felt compelled to put into words my appreciation for Mr. Hosseini's story-telling ability. It reads like an autobiography and more than once I googled him for a bio. The depth of feeling; the beautiful details and descriptive relationships make this story stand out in my top 10. Listen to this before seeing the movie. WOW.
Having lived in Afghanistan I really enjoyed this book. The authors voice and accent really lend more credence to the story. His words take the reader through the territory and the reader can almost almost smell the smells and taste the flavors. I am looking forward to the author's next book.
This audio is not only one of the best books I ever heard, but also best I ever read! Beautifully written, funny, touching. Its greatness is in the ease of memories of the past, feelings and thoughts of the present... all flying into the protagonist's mind... There is always a light suspense, hint of what may/or not come. Great narration speed and tone add much color to this unforgettable story about a country many of us int the West do not know about.
I highly recommend it to all who are far away from home but who keep the homeland close to their heart - you will relate that much more.
Excellent book, author captures the feeling of being in Afghanastan and the characters very well. I would strongly recommend this book
I'll admit, I'm your typical American guy and had no idea about the culture and turmoil details in Afghanistan. This book not only weaves a wonderful tale of hardships, but educates the reader about Afghans and their country. The author's self loathing is a bit much at times, but overall a very good listen. I enjoyed this book far more than the "A Thousand Splendid Suns"; which, honestly, I didn't like at all.
What a great story teller! I found it informative, entertaining, emotional, heartbreaking, and thought provoking. I cannot say which I preferred--The Kite Runner or A Thousand Spendid Suns--both engrossing tales.
Initialy, I didn't want this book but it was highly rated and I figured I'd give it a try. WOW.
It's now one of my top 5 favorite books. BEAUTIFULLY written.
Please, read this book.