I love to listen to books. However this book was difficult to listen to. The "readers" mostly just read the work with some but very little "inflection". Due to many characters, difficult names and unfamiliar places I found this book very hard to understand what was going on and who was saying or doing what. I got the basic gist of the story, but will have to "read" the book to truly understand it. I wish more talented readers had been chosen to read this wonderful story.
The chapters in this book each tell a very compelling story. I loved the content, but the naration was labored and hard to listen to, and detracted from the enjoyment for me.
If you enjoyed The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns or even Three Cups of Tea this book is for you. Great additional insight and understanding into the struggles for generations of one family in Afghanistan. The conditions and circumstances they must endure. The great lengths and sacrifices they must go through to educate and keep their children safe in a country that is going to shreds.
I don't think so. But I enjoyed all of the narrators for this production. Their accents and english pronunciations made the book credible.
From the writer who brought you The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns comes And The Mountains Echoed. The incredible multi-generational story of two Afghanistan siblings separated at an early age who, having been thrust into very different paths in life, trust that they will somehow reunite.
And The Mountains Echoed - in theaters soon!
This is the second book I have read by Khaled Hosseni, but the first audible. The narrators were perfect for the parts they read. Very engaging story.
The story told by the father in the beginning
The voices fit the characters.
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I love Khaled Hosseini. He was my doctor before his career as a writer began and he was a compassionate doctor with superior skills. As a writer, I have been absolutely blown away by his three books. I love this latest one but the narration made it hard for me to follow the characters and keep track of who was who. Typically a narrator will change the pitch of their voice when new characters are introduced but that was not done well here. I listen during my hour commute back and forth to work and I needed some distinctions to separate the characters. But, it's a rich, thought provoking story. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Don't miss the book because of the narration. The audio book was a good foundation and now the book will help me bring the characters to life.
Hosseini's books keep me engaged from start to finish. What I liked about this one was how the characters were intertwined and different generations were represented. What I also like about Hosseini's books is that we are reminded that there are not many differences between people despite the country and culture. That is what I try to remember as I hear all the news stories that concentrate on the negative. Travel has afforded me that viewpoint and books reinforce that when I get to go to another country via the written word.
Just changes in pitch to distinguish the characters.
That's a hard one. There is quite an array of interesting characters. I'd have a dinner party at my house and invite them all.
Keep writing please. I'll await the next. From your favorite patient (now in San Diego). ;-)
I have liked both "Kite Runner" and "Thousand Splendid Suns". This was a different take on life of Afgans esp who have left the country.
First I thought that accent made it sound authentic but then when it was hard to understand some parts and had to listen hard, I wished it was something easier to comprehend without so much effort. The accent in chapter 4 was easiest to understand. There was no need to have that much Afgan accent when narrating events in France.I hope author decides on more western ear friendly narration for next book.
Neela, She was victim of narrow minded society. But she herself is also heartless in places like buying Pari, leaving Suleman after the stroke.
I don't usually write reviews but I felt it necessary to address what I considered were a lot of negative reviews about this book. I loved this book but I had to come back to it a couple of times before I could get all the way through it. I don't know if it was the story or the narration but I do recall feeling the same way about Hosseini's previous books--it seems to me I did not make it through either of those without leaving them for awhile and returning at a later date.
This book even more than the others is an important work of fiction and I cannot stress enough that if you are a listener who has given up on this book, you need to come back to it and finish it. The ending is mind-blowing. I listen to books while I am delivering mail and at the end of this one, I was driving down the street with tears streaming down my face. I hesitate to go so far as to say the ending of this book will change your life...but it could.
It was read by people with a mid- eastern accent.
Feeling and Emotion
When Khaled started writing this book he wasn't sure where he was going. he brought it to a beautiful ending.
Just as good as The Kite Runner and better than Thousand Splendid Suns! Wonderful, sad, moving, epic. I think the narrators were excellent and I had no trouble understanding them.
Say something about yourself!
This was a little hard to follow at first because of the accents. After a bit it did become easier and I liked the story. It was sad, and it did portray things in what I imagine to be a realistic way. But this is not a feel good story.