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.
A series of short stories that didn't hang together.
Good narration, disjointed story.
Cut nothing, join more.
I tried really hard to get to the end of this, but it just kept falling apart until I gave up.
I can't help but think this would have been much better with different readers. I liked the fact that there were both male and female readers but their accents were so thick that it was a real effort to understand the words. I think this took away from my enjoyment. The story was in turn engaging and emotional then tedious and plodding. One minute I was totally engaged with a lump in my throat on the verge of tears and the next minute I was zoning out trying to figure out why there was so much mundane detail. All in all, not nearly as good as the author's other book..
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Following on the heels of his Blockbuster first novel, I expected more. The problem with this novel is there are too many story lines, shifting in both time an perspective. It lost me in the middle and never regained my interest.
Imagine my surprise! Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns were excellent books, but this one doesn't even come close to their caliber. This book jumps around from history to current, and within that, from family to family. I think I have about 2 hours left to finish the book, but it's just not worth the effort. I don't care enough about any of the characters to wonder what might happen to them in the remaining 2 hours of the book. Bummer.
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and I loved "A thousand splendid suns", and this book was right up there!
This author is consistently good and I recommend him!
Fantastic emotional storytelling
All the authors other books.
Great emotional voices that makes the story get very much alive.
Nor laugh nor cry, but it certainly has the potential to bring up emotions of many kinds. It touched me very much.
As with the authors other books, I had a hard time figuring out the identity of everybody, because the story jumps in time and place. I struggled a lot with who-is-who and what were their names. At these points I would have liked to page back in a physical book to brush up on names.
Decent story but so disjointed that it was hard to follow.
Not as good as the Kite Runner
Had a difficult time even understanding two of the narrators.