heart rendering,engaging,thought provoking and exceptionally visual....Khaled takes you to another world where you witness tragedy,betrayal,loyalty and hope as if it were infront of you.for a few hours you will have another life in a far away world made seemlingly of more than just your imagination.Hard to believe it is just a fictional entity and his first novel...utterly captivating....i guarantee if you are made of flesh and bones you will shed tears...Be warned...your heart strings will be pulled.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story, characters, and the setting. It made me want to learn more about Afghanistan, which I think is a sign of a great book.
This book was interesting because I learned a little about Afghan culture but the book was nothing but depressing story after depressing story. It was slow at times and lost my interest every once in a while. It was an ok listen--not bad, but not one I would give a rave review about.
Impossible to get out of your mind - I read it 6 months ago and can't stop thinking about it. The story is so very sad, yet what remains with me most is the theme of redemption - the chance for it even when it seems impossible. A similiar theme is explored in "A Changed Man" (Francine Prose), though the plot is less tragic.
I listened to this book with my wife and we really enjoyed it. Its well told and I felt that being read by the author added a flavor to it that you wouldnt get reading the book. It gives you an interesting glimpse into the Afghan culture. Well worth listening to.
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.