Found myself not able to listen in a relaxing mood but had to listen intensely to understand what narrator was saying. Another good book by Khaled Hosseini but unfortunately the audible presentation is spoiled by the narrators Navid Negahban & Shohreh Aghdashloo who have a very heavy accent that makes it really difficult to follow what they are saying. Mr. Hosseini should have read the whole book like he did his first two.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I couldn't figure out how the book was going flow--until after the first two hours. But then I couldn't stop listening to it. Granted, parts of it were more enthralling than others, but, overall, I really enjoyed listening to the book and found the audible format very enjoyable.
Hosseini does a great job teaching the reader about Afghanistan's history and especially, how the country's history has affected people differently. In the book, we see common parts of the same story relived through the eyes of many different characters. The lives of each of the characters intersects in a brilliant and not contrived way.
I loved hearing Nabi's story. When the author introduces Nabi, he can hardly be seen as a sympathetic character. However, seeing Nabi's full life unfold and Nabi mature throughout brings out the story of a very complex, but yet thoughtful, character.
The relationship between Nabi and Suleman moved me greatly. The two had a special relationship wherein they both gave each other everything they could in a way that they could continue to co-exist. Their love for each other touched me more than more traditional love stories.
Clearly, Hosseini is a brilliant storyteller. And he tells his stories against the background of a country--Afghanistan--in which few write about or personally know. While I really enjoyed this book, I can't say it was my favorite of Hosseini's. However, I view this book as one of the best books ever written and the audible version is extremely well done. Even one who doesn't normally listen or like audiobooks won't regret listening to this one.
I don't know. I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns, both the story and the narration of it. And it could be that the story in this book is just as intriguing, but I cannot get past the horrible narration to even follow the story line.
I am very interested in learning about that part of the world and its history.
I have to speed up the female narrator's voice...it drags so much. Like nails on a chalkboard. One of the male narrators does a good job, but the other one is also very difficult to listen too. I don't know which of the male narrators is which though to say who it is.
I am hoping that the book itself is as excellent as his prior two books - I just loved reading them. Its just the audio version is so hard to listen to.
I have listened to many audio books, some are excellent, some are just okay. This is really not okay.
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I read A Thousand Splendid Suns and expected another excellent story like that one. It is pretty good, but I wouldn't have read A Thousand Splendid Suns if I'd read this one first. There were too many people in this story that they just seemed to be all over the place. Even when the connection was made, I still felt something had been lost in the telling of what should have been a good generational story.
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Yes - it is so nice to have this very different view of a country from the inside out. It is not all about conflict and terrorists. Imagine that. It's about people like us, real thinking and feeling people living in a different yet beautiful culture and environment.
I loved their speaking voices and at times difficult English. I walked around imitating their accents. I wanted to hear more.
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I just cannot get through it. It's so slow, don't like it. :o(
.... I don't know
I couldn't tell you, to be perfectly honest.
Yes re Hosseini, no re the narrators
First half was strong. Second half lost steam. No satisfying ending either -- which is ok since it was basically a set of independent stories.
Reading the stories in Afghan accents was annoying, but one of the narrators in particular made me want to turn off the book. It was a good book but I really disliked the reading.
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.