I would recommend to a friend with the suggestion to take notes while listening or reading. I think there are too many characters and different story lines to keep track of. I have enjoyed the previous two books by this author, but this book was too confusing.
Pronunciation of the names of the characters.
No, too many characters and no consistent story line.
The narrator's voice is engaging, well-modulated and entirely appropriate for each section of the book. In addition, his accent helps transport the listener to Afghanistan without being at all difficult to understand. Perhaps another narrator could do justice to Hosseini's work, but I doubt it could be done as well.
I always marvel at Hosseini's ability to create an engrossing narrative filled with such nuanced characters. His voice is sure and precise, and I end up living with the people of his books in my head long after the reading is done.
This is one of the poorest downloads I have listened to. The narrator was painful. I could not even get into the story for the poor narration. I loved Hosseini's last 2 books, but cannot recommend this one to anyone.
For me there just wasn't the basis for a good story here.
Both of his other books were wonderful and compelling. I couldn't wait for another by him. It felt to me like too much effort for so little.
Sometimes I had trouble understanding her English with the heavy accent
The book was a good view of Afghanistan and the people. While I appreciated the author reading the book it was hard to understand at some points.
appropriate, no surprise. Very sad.
top 10% The slow pace of telling may bug some, but it is the local way of telling a story setting the time and place and slowly developing the picture. I have been in country this is classical work.
I liked the kite book, and the 1000 suns were better, but all different enough.but I felt the first two more,and felt the writer was opening his own heart with the stories.
no savor it
This is a Doctor with great ease with language. His stories are not dressed up or slanted for pity. It is what it is. Like a photo of these times, no undue drama, but no hiding life. Everything he writes is excellent in any language. A rare writer in these times.
Not often can a book squeeze tears from my eyes, but this one did . . . TWICE!!! Though, after reading "The Kite Runner" I considered Khaled Hosseini an emerging favorite, this book solidified his position.
I cried . . . TWICE!
Folks who can understand Farsi and the accents
It hopped around from present to past to recalling events
none. wish I could return it
such a disappointment. it felt like a story full of "filler events" to make it longer. Very boring and filled with minutia that never connected very well.
Khaled Hosseini is an excellent story teller and I would read more of his work. The narrators are frankly, quite awful. Hosseini is the best of the three and if he'd voiced the whole book I'm sure I would have been more satisfied, but he only did the first chapter. The other two narrators had thick accents, mispronounced words and were unable to effect other voices or accents when the character changed. For example when the character was American, they did not speak his or her dialogue in an American accent, just the same thick Afghan one. To her credit, the female narrator attempted a French accent, but it was not even close to authentic. I seriously doubt that either of these two narrators were trained actors. Too bad because it marred an otherwise good story.
I did enjoy Hosseini's insights into human nature. He forces hard choices on his characters and in this book you are witness to how challenging these peoples' lives were. (This might be depressing to some sensitive readers). The pearls of wisdom that are dropped from time to time are quite satisfying.
This is a sweeping epic, covering generations and corners of the globe. I wondered if the author bit off too much for one book. There are many characters and at times I tired of learning the many details of each one's life. Still I liked the book very much and there were readers in my book group who LOVED it.
In my opinion, it would be a better read than audio, unless they redo it with better actors.
I wouldn't do this book again. I found it hard to understand some of the narrators and the story hard to follow.