I did not enjoy this audiobook. It took me a long time to get into it and I was not completely convinced it was a work of fiction. Read by the author and told in the first person, it was almost like an autobiographical history of his childhood. While Khaled is a storyteller for sure, I finished listening to it because I just wanted to be done with it. I had mixed thoughts before buying it, because I was unsure, but it was rated so high and reviewed so much, I thought my hunch must have been wrong. Unfortunately, I should have listened to my heart instead of this 12 hour book...
Beautiully written and narratted - see how many 5 star rating there are.
Just listen to it. At least you'll know if you are the sort of person who loves it or doesn't.
This book had both its good and bad points. I really enjoyed learning about the old Afghanistan, its culture, its people. It was interesting to take the viewpoint of an insider as the world changed. The characters are all richly drawn and for the most part all the characters are very likable. That is, aside from the main character, who's so flawed as a person it's distasteful. I finished the book, but wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It's saving grace was that it wasn't a bad ending; not a real feel good, but everything is tied up.
This book evokes all the interest and emotion a great book can elicit, and it would be difficult for someone not to feel personally involved in this story. However, the fact that English is a second language for this writer (and reader of the audiobook) is apparent in the simplicity of the language, awkwardness of some phrases, and redundancy in metaphors. It was also a bit less fun to listen to his accented reading of the book. The story, however, makes up for the above.
Very well read, great to hear the author read his own words. Very long, took me a while to get through it, but it hooked me on Audio Books!
A very good insight to the conditions of the areas in the story.
The longer this book goes on, the more predictable, contrived, and cliched it gets. By the end, I was shaking my head, wishing that the author hadn't taken me on a joyless emotional roller coaster. The plot seems synthetically designed to push every maudlin button in the hope of evoking a human response. My only response was a feeling of relief that it was over.
I highly recommend listening to this one. I rarely come across an audio book that has all three of the right elements: Excellent narration, compelling plot and characters, and the ability to make me not want to stop listening!
I especially found the recent historical events (like the Taliban) an interesting and authentic part of the story.