Like many-many, I loved the Kite Runner and looked forward to more stories from this talented author. Alas, this story, while well written, seems to amble around and only loosely connect the disparate parts.
No idea, the story completely passed me by while trying to figure out what the readers were saying.
How about the actual Author?
The fairy tail at the beginning was cool, but that was about all I understood.
Learn to cast readers, it's a performance.
Peeved in Phoenix
I am not sure that I would recommend this book in audiobook format. Each of the collection of stories is narrated by a different narrator. Mr. Hosseini and Ms. Aghdashloo were easy to listen to and although they both have an accent, their telling of the story was not intrusive to the story. This was not the case with Mr. Negahban. Heavy accent combined with odd cadence and inflection made for difficult listening. I bought the book in Kindle format so I could read his parts.
The characters were memorable; tragic and sympathetic at once.
No. There was too much to absorb.
Mr. Hosseini's command of the English language is impressive. He is a true wordsmith, much of which is lost in this format. I'm glad I listened to this book, but now I will read it in Kindle format.
I did not enjoy this book as much as the Kite Runner. I found it somewhat repetitive in character and flavor.
I was disappointed by the narrators in this book. The accents somehow did not enhance the listening experience.
Not really, I am sorry to say
Readers who spoke English with less of a foreign accent. Couldn't understand the text at times due to strong accents. Also, story jumped around too much. Hard to follow or connect at times.
Readers with less of a foreign accent.
Frustration at not being able to follow the plot. Disappointing end. It seemed as though the author just tried to hard to write an award winning novel.
Nothing very informative in this book. Not like his previous books.
I have loved all of Hosseini's previous books but this one was challenging to listen to. It involves many story lines, many points of view and jumping from present to past tense. And I'm usually ok with following along but this one was tough and the ending (when it finally came) dropped off like a cliff. And the narrators are DIFFICULT and frustrating to understand (and accents don't usually bother me).
The story itself has a good premise. Just too bogged down with jumping from characters to tenses to narrators.
Hosseini for all characters.
Hosseini, please make more stories like the "Kite Runner." I feel it was your best work to date!
Hosseini used a series of vignettes to tell his story as compared to a contiguous plot. His approach is different than previous novels, but absolutely effective. It allowed a quick but deep look at a number of characters and situations that are intertwined and impacted by each other. It is a story of choices, of responsibility and love, of self-sacrifice and self-centeredness, of isolation and connection. At the beginning of some chapters I had difficulty getting my bearings, but Hosseini quickly provided enough information for me to gain understanding. I was propelled through the stories in this book, and touched by how intertwined the characters were at the beginning and the end. A very good read.
This author takes you on a journey of the human mind, he uses the Middle East as his back drop. This time it is outsiders of the country as well as the insiders who are participants of this story. Of people who escape to Europe, of the bonds to the East. I love listening to this author, so well narrated. So much can be learned of lives of people who spend much time together, of times changing, of picking up the pieces. It is a book that, as the others, takes you away and immerses you from day to day life. Well worth the listen.
I would recommend to a friend with the suggestion to take notes while listening or reading. I think there are too many characters and different story lines to keep track of. I have enjoyed the previous two books by this author, but this book was too confusing.
Pronunciation of the names of the characters.
No, too many characters and no consistent story line.
The narrator's voice is engaging, well-modulated and entirely appropriate for each section of the book. In addition, his accent helps transport the listener to Afghanistan without being at all difficult to understand. Perhaps another narrator could do justice to Hosseini's work, but I doubt it could be done as well.
I always marvel at Hosseini's ability to create an engrossing narrative filled with such nuanced characters. His voice is sure and precise, and I end up living with the people of his books in my head long after the reading is done.