It was very hard to follow this book because it jumped from one story to another in the space of a sentence. I had to back up and listen again often. I really didn't enjoy the various stories, it was almost like a collection of short stories, sort of like a Cloud Atlas but not as epic.
I usually enjoy accented narration as a way to relate to a different culture but these were two heavy and often hard to comprehend.
Special Education Teacher
narrator and boring story
bad accent, no life
disappointment in the author
I tried at least four or five times to get through this book. I even made it (albeit painfully) through the first part and thought, "for sure this has to get better!" But, it did not.
Another look into a culture so little understood by the western world that is more "western" than we realize. This work makes a better read than a listen because of lack of familiarity with names and time periods the author references. I had to listen to it back and forth at least twice to figure it out---worth doing, but tedious.
I love the way the different stories expand slowly, each offering a unique perspective on life, but all with a common thread and connection.
They did a good job differentiating, mainly because there was a woman reading for all the parts centering on women, and two different men for the male characters. For multiple characters in each story, the narrators did a good job of making it clear who was who.
I cried. A lot.
One of the male readers has an occasional weird way of emphasizing parts of the reading that grated a bit on me, but not enough to make me dislike listening. There is a raw believable quality to all the readers, which was encouraging as this was my first audio book. It helped that they all sounded Middle Eastern (I am just assuming, here), so none of the names or Farsi words sounded mispronounced. One of the narrators was the author, which was great.
Help! I can't stop buying audiobooks!
I am not sure I have ever read a book that is told in such a way that each chapter follows a different character. The rotating voices and their respective excellent performances in this audiobook helped bring that to life.
Typical of Hosseini, the characters are engaging, and the plot is complex and fully fleshed out -- you just can't see the full picture until you're done.
Another wonderful book. I can't wait to see what he writes next!
I would try another book from Hosseini but not with those narrators.
Like Hosseini's other two books the story was very good.
They made it almost unbearable to listen to. They sounded like they had marbles in their mouth and slowly slurred the words. I found myself wanting the book to be over so I wouldn't have to listen to them any more. I struggled through to the end because I can't leave a story unfinished but it was a relief when it was over.
Read it, don't listen to it.
Top 5 favorites... All of Hosseini's books are in my top 5. Hard to choose which is my fave!
The structure was very interesting. I was frustrated with how it jumped around and it was not always obvious how the story lines were related. I do believe that this lack of understanding stems from the bad narration that I sometimes just couldn't follow. I'm assuming that when read, it is a lot more enjoyable.
The woman's performance was ok. I found it a bit contrived and over-acted, but at least understandable and I could follow along.
The other man's performance (not Mr. Hosseini's) was absolutely dismal. Could not understand the story. Words were mispronounced, he put the stress on the wrong syllables and the intonation of the sentences was completely off. I really can't remember a thing of the story line that he narrated.
Yes, buy it in print and re-read it. I hope that I will come to like it as much as Mr. Hosseini's previous books.
The audio version enriches this novel as the accents in the voices add a dimension that suits the story and transport you to the places and situations.
This novel is masterfully written and once again Hosseini delivers a superb story that you can't stop listening to. I just loved it.
I enjoyed Hosseini's prior books but I struggled and finally gave up listening to this one as I had trouble understanding the readers.