I love Khaled Hosseini's books but this was definitely not my favorite. The story was ok, though I liked how the stories were all entwined. Two of the narrators had very heavy accents that made it very difficult at times to follow the story.
Story was certainly not as strong or compelling as Hosseini's previous two works. The cast of characters was both too large and too complicated in its connections between characters. This led to feelings of ambivalence towards most of the characters, excluding the lead characters.
In terms of performance, Khaled Hosseini's narration was good, Navid Negahban's was mediocre, and Shohreh Aghdashloo's was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed both the characters she portrayed and her performance of the readings.
The story is good. But the narrators.... Ugh!!
Someone mentioned that the male narrator sounded like he had marbles in his mouth. I agree. I know this accent, but he sort of slurred the words. I turned up the volume in an effort to understand him better. And the woman... OMG. She was easy enough to understand, but the gravelly voice was not pleasant. And she took a breath. In the middle of the sentence.
I'm still listening to this book as I am enjoying the story and the eloquent use of the English language, but before I get another of Mr. Hosseni, I will certainly listen to a sample. Please Mr. Hosseni... If you read these reviews, think twice before using these narrators again. I have over 300 audible books and this one ranks at the very bottom as far as the narration goes.
i read first and have listened to repeatedly. the timeline may be a challenge to some, but its so worth it. funny, poetic, charming, poignant at times... but just interesting and beautiful.
This book truly humanizes the difficult choices some people have to make on a daily basis. It blasts holes in our prejudices and misconceptions about Muslims and Afghanis.
Mr. Hosseini tells this tale so richly. You know all along that somehow the lives of the various characters are interwoven, but finding out how is such a treat.
I loved how the story is about Afghani culture and how it is not about Afghanistan but about people - any people anywhere.
So hard to choose. Pari? Nabi? Marcos? Thalia?
You couldn't listen to this in one sitting. Too much going on in the story.
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I made a tremendous effort to continue to listen until the end, I usually spend 1 week to listen to a book. This one I spent more than 1 month and I didn’t finish. For me it was a waste of time and credit. I bought because the good reviews and previous books, but I thought very boring, monotonous and without great emotions. I have listened to hundreds books and my expectations were very high because the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I felt very disappointed. One of the narrators was terrible, I lost focus a hundred times and I needed to go back in order to understand what was happening.