It is no doubt that Khaled Hosseini is a masterful storyteller. This book was no exception. However, I had much more difficulty really getting into the story, fully immersed in the characters' experiences and feelings, than I did with his previous two books. I imagine that part of the issue was that I struggled with the accents of the three readers. Still, there were several times the individual experiences and atrocities the characters experienced and the hardships they faced made me feel physically ill with sadness. So the entire review of this book boils down to two things for me: 1) Love Khaled Hosseini? Then read this book. 2) Planning on reading this book? Read it. Pick up the print or digital copy and actually READ it, don't listen to it. Then, it's probably worth 4 stars or more.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I really wanted to like this book. Really, really, really. I thought both of Hosseini's previous books were nothing short of amazing. This one was very short of amazing. Some of the chapters stood alone well as short stories, but the linking to one another was difficult and confusing. I had a hard time keeping track of the numerous characters and how they were intertwined.
This is one of those rare books that I may listen to a second time. The characters were unique and complex, and the story moved through time with a dreamlike quality. Yet it was one of the most grounded and realistic stories I have read in a long time. I loved Kite Runner, and I think this book shows new growth and maturity in Hosseini's writing.
I don't recall the names at the moment. Probably the little girl who was taken away, and grew up to be an academic.
Very good narration of both this and Kite Runner. I read the paper version of his second book.
it made me cry. and gasp in places.
most highly recommended!
The narration was very difficult for me to understand, and I had to work too hard to follow the story. The female's voice was the most difficult to follow due to her pauses after every few words. It made her reading very choppy. I like the idea of using native speakers but not when the accents are so strong. I stuck with it until the end, because the author is a magnificent storyteller, but I wish I had read it on my Kindle.
Of the three readers, I found one of the men very difficult to understand at the beginning, to the point it interfered with my enjoyment. The other man and the woman were not so difficult. Once I became accustomed to the accents, it did not bother me.
I found the stories fascinating, and Hosseini did a great job of bringing them all together. The world is getting smaller--and we may meet up again with people we knew years ago in another land.
Gritty and realistic, this beautiful tale is narrated masterfully. I can't say enough about this book. I really appreciated some of the reviews that led me to purchase this. I'm not going to give away the story though! I don't want to ruin it. But it is very beautifully narrated by the author and Negahban and Aghdashloo. I was transported to Afghanistan by their haunting voices. They brought the tale to life for me. From the very first words to the last sentence, I was transported to a world at once brutally realistic and yet the author paints the pictures with such beauty that I wanted to stay there longer. You will love this tale and the narration. I wish I could give it a ten!
Absolutely, I would recommend this book. It is entertaining as a story (well, several stories), but really is so much more. I will probably buy the hardcopy and re-read it. There is much to think about here. Love. Loyalty. Family ties. Decisions. Interconnectedness. I could go on, but you get the picture.
Several. I'd have to go back and listen again to find them all. But the story told by the father to the two children at the very beginning is magical. And sets the stage for so much of what is to come.
I don't find the question applicable, nor the answer important.
What a silly question.
Only that I was disappointed to have it end, but not disappointed in how it ended.
The Kite Runner was one of my favorite books of all time and A Thousand Splendid Suns was a close second. The narration in both of those books was superb. When I saw that Hosseini had a new book coming out I was so excited and couldn't wait to download it. But now I'm sorry I wasted my credits on it - I'll have to go find it at the library and read it instead. I wish I had listened to a sample before downloading it but after the last two books by the same author I didn't think it was necessary. My mistake. What on earth was the author thinking having what is quite probably a fantastic book narrated in this way! I have barely begun listening and I simply can't continue. I can hardly understand a word the narrator is saying and the droning monotone voice is unbearable. I can't believe that after two wonderful audiobooks, the author has let this happen. I'm sure this is probably a very good book but I certainly don't recommend getting the audio version!
This is a difficult book to review. I love Khaled Hosseini's writing. The Kite Runner tugged at my heartstrings and made me cry. I liked his second novel, too. This third one is more similar to his second one (but even more dramatic; overly dramatic, I thought) in that it brings the threads of different characters together - but they are even more characters, even more diverse, and the switching between them (and across time) is very frequent and sometimes annoying. You start to care about a certain character, then you're switched to another time and place and you need to adjust. What made it all more dramatic (and it was already quite dramatic with the storyline) was the switching of narrators. In the end, the book as a whole was too dramatic to touch me in the same way The Kite Runner had.
Let me talk about the narrators. Disclaimer: English is not my native tongue, and I am quite tolerant of various forms of accented English. I have no problem listening to an entire audiobook narrated in an Indian accent, for example. But this book's narration was annoying. There is one pleasant narrator with a slight accent, whom I take to be Khaled Hosseini. The other two were very annoying to listen to. I initially thought they were Afghan but later started to think they were chosen because they are Afghan who also spoke Greek/French and English. But their English is really not good enough, in my opinion, for them to narrate an audiobook. I'm sorry. But it really detracted from my enjoyment of the book.
It's possible the narration biased me against the book - but that was a risk the publishers took, and I think they need to deal with the consequences
I guess I am the only reader/listener who was disappointed in this book. I was engrossed for the first 2/3 then not so much! I guess I am a romantic and while I realize real life is not easy, I want my novels to satisfy more than this one did.