I really like this author. Sad to say, it was very difficult to understand the readers as their accents were so heavy.
The separation of the brother and sister.
The accents were too thick and it made listening hard.
I most liked the stories that took place in Afghanistan, and the really, really beautiful writing. I least liked the performances.
So many compelling characters' stories were left incomplete or were poorly tied to the other stories.
Though the language of the novel was so beautiful in English, the pronunciations and the cadences of the readings left much to be desired. Mispronunciations could eventually be figured out if you were concentrating hard. Much worse was the lack of pausing, esp.by Ms. Nagahban, leaving me often hanging in time and place, and having to rewind over and over to figure out who was talking and how we had jumped from one subject or place to another. A simple pause would have allowed the listener to recognize the space between two paragraphs. No help that two characters had the same name. I blame the producer.
I think it would be better as a movie because the time constraint of a film would force the screenwriter to choose the most compelling characters' stories to follow and make sure each subplot had an arc and a climax.
A great audiobook keeps me incredibly calm (in L.A. traffic) and incredibly fit (a four mile hike becomes five without even realizing it). I was sure this was going to be one of those because it came so highly recommended. It was not. I hate to say it, but I looked forward to finishing it so I could move on.
I love how each story he tells is an echo of the fairy tale told at the begining of the book.
Ms Agdashlou was so so. I know she can do a better job than what she did on the audio. I've seen her perform in roles where she spoke English and she is an Oscar nominated actress. Her tolerable performance compounded with Mr Neghaban's awful reading of the story (at times I felt he doesn't even understand what he is reading - it is just awful) so I think that it was most likely the director who didn't do their job. Btw, Mr. Hosseini is a wonderful narrator! I enjoyed the parts where he read the book.
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.