I was really looking forward to his new book. My favorite book of his is by far Kite Runner. I thought his second book: A Thousand Splendid Suns was just okay. I had my hopes up for this latest book to be as great at Kite Runner but I ended up disappointed. I felt the story was very hard to follow at times. With the different narrators and the story changing direction really made it difficult to follow even though the sections in the story were long. On numerous occasions I found myself going back in the story to re-listen so I could have a better understanding of the story. Additionally, I would have preferred there be only one narrator and for the story to be told in chronological order. It would have made it a much better book. I prefer Hosseini being the narrator of his stories. I'm disappointed that I'll have to listen to the entire book again at some point in the future to fully make sense of the story and better understand the characters.
tell it in chronological order
not telling the story in chronological order and multiple narrators
i will happily try to understand to a friend or stranger with an accent - but when it's this much of a struggle to listen to a book i bought? c'mon - really? i think one of the narrators has a slight speech impediment, and it's making some of the words, along with the accent, completely unintelligible. before you think i'm *that* person who doesn't like subtitles or won't take the time to acquire an ear for an accent, i am not. however, i'm half-way through the book and sometimes have to rewind and listen over and over to figure out a word. and many times, i don't get it.
i have read Hosseini's other books and raved about them. sorry Audible - i might have to return this book and read it in order to appreciate it.
a lot of the time i can't understand what the narrators are saying. very frustrating.
i'm sure the story is good - if i could understand the narration.
the authors previous books are magnificent to read and would highly recommend them to anyone. i have not listened to them.
Hosseini echoes an informed understanding of Middle East people. He gave us a picture of guileless guilt in "The Kite Runner" and evoked our tears in his hauntingly honest portrayal of women's plight in "A Thousand . . . Suns." Here he creates a mosaic of stories about people, young and old, virtuous and virtueless, who play the game of life with poignancy and purpose. His characters are so real I want to add them to my Facebook page. I'd read it again in a heartbeat and recommend it warmly to my friends who love to read (or listen to) stories that entertain while they add to one's knowledge of the world. We are as lucky to have this amazing author as he is to live in the United States of America.
I liked the parallel stories that ran thoughout the book, but I thought they could have been tied together better at the end. Some were still left hanging.
In general I did not care for the three narrators of the book, but the female was by far the worst. Please give me narrators who can enunciate. It was difficult to listen to. It sounded as though she were drunk and slurring her words during most of her reading.
I almost returned the book, but I liked his other two books well enough I wanted to see where this would go. The narration was just horrible though.
Unlike some of the comments, I enjoyed the approach the author took with writing intersecting stories around a theme with different points of view. My only complaint is I found one of the narrators hard to understand -- kind of garbled diction. Sometimes he sounded like a drunk Borat. I would have preferred a native English speaker. Other than that, some really touching moments.
One of the best books I've read in long time. The way the characters overlap and intertwine is a magical mystery and journey throughout the lifetime of one little girl and how one event can trigger a lifetime of consequences. The two narrators including the author and two well known Iranian actors living in the US makes this book come more to life than if had read it Although I did listen to it twice to connect all the dots so to speak.... and it connects well. They way each chapter sums up then has a musical interlude and a lesson is learned or the chapter summed up in a wonderful way. Don't miss this book if you like reading about families, feelings and consequences.
I know this may seem strange but the movie "Pulp Fiction" comes to mind only in the way that the characters overlap and you learn more about them in later chapters, making this book somewhat of a mystery.
No, yet excellent performances. Love that the author is one of the narrators.
When Pari the long lost sister of Abdullah meets and visits with Pari the daughter of Abdullah, her niece yet more her sister..
I LOVED his previous two books, so I was going to read/listen to this newest one despite any negative reviews. Hosseini IS a story teller. He is magical with words and capturing a feeling, a place, a character's insight.I enjoyed this book for the most part. I did have to really pay attention at first during some of the narration; the heave accent was difficult to wade through at first. This novel felt disjointed a little at times, and I couldn't immediately see how every person and place was connected, but eventually the story all came around.
Truthfully, if I had to do it over, I may have read the print version instead of listening to the audio. There were times I wanted to flip back and look at a certain page and refresh my memory. The names, places, and dates mixed together in head too much.
work of Art
structure of book, narration, poignancy of story
thought it wonderful; brought lump to my throat several times
be patient with the narration, let the accented English wash over you. this book would have had much less impact simply read in written form: it was so much more beautiful, musical, and authentic read in native Afghani accents. take note of characters' names as you meet them, no matter how inconsequential a character may seem at the time; they will probably reappear later and you will have to recall their story. it might be helpful to write down names as you meet people.
this book was an absolute treasure-and this from someone who adored Hosseini's first two novels. A Thousand Splendid Suns was one of my favorite books ever.
I partly enjoyed this listening experience because of the readers who gave the narrative an authentic sound. Having said that, it was also at times difficult to fully melt into the story because listening to it required attentive listening, lest I misunderstand the *thick* speech. Definitely listen to the sample to determine if you can handle it. My husband couldn't make it through three minutes.
The story itself was beautiful, with rich depth and a lovely balance between characters. Many of the characters were touched upon from the POV of that character for one segment of the book, and then that person might appear in another chapter from someone else's POV, and this spanned some 60+ years so sometimes we would see the same character as a child, an adult, and an old person. Brilliantly written.
After finishing the book, I was left a little melancholy... a few of the loose ends were tidied in an unsatisfactory way. I'm not sure I would call this uplifting. Also, I will add that this is heavily character-driven and not a lot "happens." Sometimes I would be so totally bored I had to switch to another novel for a while. But when I came back to this one, I enjoyed it again and dove into it. I've read character novels with better pacing and I think this could have benefited from a better edit through some of the slower parts... having said that, I still recommend it. Good history, great descriptions of many landscapes and cultures in different parts of the world, excellent capturing of numerous characters.
It was the most challenging to follow - a lot of characters and story lines going on. This is not a book to do housework to - better for a car ride or somewhere where you can really listen and follow.
Not sure. It's different than The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns in terms of structure and flow, but Hosseini's gift for painting a beautiful, rich detailed character and picture remains.
You get different voices with this one - different narrators. Obviously brings it to life a little more. Not sure I loved all the voices.
That actually is a perfect name - wouldn't change it.
Beautiful book. Some unresolved areas for me because so many characters were introduced.