A friend recommended this book and I was a bit skeptical because she described it as "depressing and compelling but a good book" I was caught after the first page. A great writing and a great book to learn about the country of Afganastan, its culture and history. You must read this one, it is excellent
This is one of the best books I've ever read. The author reading the book makes the experience even better. This is a heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption. It also provides a great history of Afghanistan and what it was like before the wars.
I LOVED IT!!!
It took some consentration to follow along in the begining, All the names and places sounded alike to me at first but a few chapters into it I was HOOKED!
It took me into a whole new world. It really gives you a reality check that there are other places that exist in this world than America with a Wal-mart and Mc Donalds on every corner. It made me want to go vist Kabul and it gave me a reality check that the imigrants that we have living and working in our country may have been really humbled in order to come here. They may have been big wigs in their country and now are forced to work at a seven eleven. I guess it gave me a sense of compassion for those that I interact with that aren't born and raised american.
I also really liked (unike a reviewer below) that the main character was selfish. So many of us are. He did what he did and and I think it was a great portrayal of reality. Not everyone gets that enlightened moment...the I should do this for someone else not for me (feel good)moment that we like to see in movies and books.
Over all This was by far the most interesting book I have ever read (listened to)
This book is a "must read" for all the reasons other reviewers have mentioned. Just know that in the 4 years I have been a subscriber of Audible this is the first time I have made an effort to write a review. This book is compelling, engaging, original, well written and well read by the author. It has drama, humour, tragedy, hope and suspense. Do not wait for the movie - download it now and enjoy one of the most original works of fiction you will "read". A true masterpiece!
This story read by the author makes it personal and real. The reader gets an authentic experience of the time period and the culture. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it highly.
Many of the reviews I read before talked about how wonderful this book was as a tale of friendship, betrayal and redemption. Frankly, I think it's well written, well plotted, and as other reviewers have noted, tremendously interesting in its portrayal of the Afghanistan that was before the Taliban.
But I found myself repeatedly and increasingly angry with the main character, Amir. I rarely have found a less sympathetic character. Even as he gets older and supposedly enters the "redemption phase" of his tale, he continues to be a self-centered, selfish individual. The selfless act he performs as redemption is motivated by his own shame, not ever the well-being of the individuals involved. He continues to be obtuse and inconsiderate of others throughout the book. I can't say that was enjoyable, particularly as his moments of supposed self awareness still taught him so little about the events in his life and his *real* culpability, his *real* sins.
The story of the people around him and the land and history during which the story took place are well-crafted and very interesting. Still worth a listen, but not remotely as uplifting as I had hoped or expected.
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
I was a little hesitant to download this but am glad I did. This was one of the best I've come across yet on audible. The author narrates this extremely well and you will come away knowing a lot more about Afghanistan and its rich culture. A heartbreaking tale of childhood, love and redemption. Don't miss this one!
Tremendous tale over a lifetime. This story will expose the shame we all feel when we don't always do the right thing. An insight into the culture of Afganastan, but the story is independent of culture. I ended up reading the book as well. Awesome prose.