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.
This book was extraordinary in the way the reader becomed totally immersed in the life and characters portrayed in the book. It is very powerful and has the ability to inform and educate the reader. I found the story mesmerising and immediately listened to it again.
This will be short, unlike (fortunatly) this book. Cut to the chase - this is the best book I have EVER experinced in my 43 years of life. As a father and a husband, I could identify with many of the complexities written by the author. One of the best things about this book is that it is read by the author and it is moving, entertaining, informative, and tear jerking - all due to the writing and reading of the story by the author. I really do not feel I would have been impacted nearly as much had I not had the subtle nuances of the Farsi tongue to help tell the story. Bravo