I find the writing of Khaled Hosseini to be magical and this book does not disappoint. However, if you are expecting a similar book to the previous two by this author, don't.
This book is very different. The style is different, whereas, there is no stand out scene nor is there a build up to a conclusion. It is the story of various characters, each separate and distinct from one another, but there is are threads that connect the characters to one another. The storytelling is beautiful. Imagine yourself sitting outside on a beautiful day under a tree with your grandmother or grandfather telling you stories about your ancestry. That's how I felt listening to this book.
Hosseini weaves the themes of family, heritage and guilt throughout the character's stories and the how and why each deals with these themes is interesting and thought provoking.
There are so many different facets to this novel that I enjoyed that it will take me some time to reflect on them. I will be recommending this to my friends and look forward to discussing the book with them. A solid 4.5 rating from me...I thoroughly enjoyed two of the three narrators. The third was not bad, I just enjoyed him less.
Love strong female characters, like twists and unpredictable story line. Love it steamy. Recent favorites; Game of Thrones, Divergent...
Not as good as Kite Runner or Land of Thousand Suns. Unlike the first two books, did not get the feeling of being there, the vivid visuals.
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.
author of Surviving NORMAL
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.
Lifetime connections built on moments in time
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.