I wouldn't recommend this to a friend because the story jumps between time and charator and can be difficut to follow. I was disappointed as I love this author's books in the past I didn't finish the book and went onto another.
The mother (or perhaps the adoptive mother) and the main charactor.
warm, interesting and in charactor.
If you have read any of his other books, you know that they are not light-hearted romps thru the clover. However. It has been years since I read A thousand splendid suns and kite runner, but i do not remember feeling so down when i finished them.
The language is exquisite, as are his other novels. Unfortunately the narration detracts from the beauty and impact of the words. There are three narrators who voice different parts of the collection. Mr Hosseini himself does a good job, and I must admit it is a breath of fresh air to hear the native pronunciations of the places and names, really the best part of the narration. Ms. Aghdashloo has such a distinctive, smokey voice, it is always a pleasure to listen to. Mr. Negahban's english is exceptional, but I had trouble understanding his narration, rewinding several times. This is my own personal opinion, and not a condemnation of Mr. Nagahban. After all, I speak no second language so have no idea how difficult it must be to master one.
All that being said, it is a wonderfully written book, and I am not disappointed in haivng read/listened to it. Nabi's letter, in particular, I enjoyed very much. The opening storyline, also, was excellent. It is a vivid portrayal of choices and consequences, luck,perseverance, good and bad deeds and finally, human nature. Worth the credit, for sure.
I adored the narration of this book. I realized that other readers found the accents distracting. But, I felt that it added a lot to the story. Their voices felt genuine and made this already deeply moving book even more so. To me, it was like hearing poetry read vs. reading it to oneself.
It's rare that a book comes along that digs so deeply into your heart. This was a sad, insightful, thought provoking, heart wrenching story about family, loss, aging, rebirth, human connection and human cruelty. It's the kind of book that when it's over you just want to sit and stare into space to let it all sink in.
The thing about this book is that the beauty just never let's up. Each chapter is so beautifully crafted and each character so well developed that it's impossible for me to choose a favorite.
Khaled Housseini's writing is so beautiful that sometimes the sentences themselves just carry you away. It's the kind of book that you want to replay certain paragraphs just to hear them read again, as one would a poem.
Most of the narrators fit the story and did a great job. I love when he reads his own books. While I don't feel this was as powerful as the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (Kite Runner my all time fav) This never left me wanting. I Love this author and this book.
Sadly, this has not been my favorite of his books. Good but lacking in the urgency of his other books. Probably more of a literary splash though, due to all the unique voices telling the story.
finished this book a couple months ago, and now can't even remember if I got to the end or not. It was more of a poetic story than his other books, and not so amenable to intermittent listenings, and hard to understand the narrators - I usually like narrators to have natural accents, but these were a bit too strong accented for me to follow. Just didn't catch my enthusiasm.
Not sure why he had to include so many story lines. It got to be too much for me and I couldn't wait for it to end. I still enjoyed it overall but it could have been 200 pages shorter in my opinion...
its flow and inter-connectedness - its ability to span lifetimes yet keep them related
Great, as they all are.
J.F., CAI am a voracious reader/listener who enjoys many different genres. I am often listening to multiple books at the same time - something on mobile and something else on my laptop.
I got this book because I I love and respect Hosseini's works. Like his other books, this book takes the reader on deeply wonderful journey of complex characters with poignant stories that stays with the reader for a long time. I had to listen to the book a second time to fill in some of what I missed the first time. Hosseini's characters are always well fleshed out and the details in his stories are so intricately textured.This book underscores how as human beings we make decisions because in the moment we feel these decisions are the best given the circumstances. Many times, however, these decisions change the courses of lives and even those of subsequent generations. The narrators did not detract from the story for me. Rather, they gave the story more credibility and their voices seemed "right to me." This author has me for life! If he scribbles on a paper napkin I will be reading it! If you like Hosseini's other books you may love this even more! Go ahead and get it, I promise this one will haunt your soul.
Read on... or should I say Listen On....
I found this book a little hard to get into however, the longer I listened the more the stories echoed in my ears and heart. I fell in love with it.
Pari~ She captured my imagination.