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.
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