It was the most challenging to follow - a lot of characters and story lines going on. This is not a book to do housework to - better for a car ride or somewhere where you can really listen and follow.
Not sure. It's different than The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns in terms of structure and flow, but Hosseini's gift for painting a beautiful, rich detailed character and picture remains.
You get different voices with this one - different narrators. Obviously brings it to life a little more. Not sure I loved all the voices.
That actually is a perfect name - wouldn't change it.
Beautiful book. Some unresolved areas for me because so many characters were introduced.
Afghanistan--the last place I would expect to provide the most enduring, complex plots and characters in recent fiction. Nevertheless, Hosseini draws the reader immediately into this land of contrasts and traditions, and it is easy to want the novel to go on for many hours more. When one puts down a Hosseini novel, its characters live on inside one's mind for many days. I can't help but wonder if the author is producing the subject matter for many literature students to come.
I felt there were too many short stories all within the big story. If it had not been for the excellent story telling capability of Khaled Hosseini, this book would have been a complete flop. As it is, it was like starting a new book every few chapters. I like to get into a book and the characters. This one kind of danced around the room.
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I loved how the story spanned generations and linked characters across time. I also really enjoyed the incorporation of local Afghan folklore - fable-like stories that paralleled the characters' own lives.
I would. Initially, I had trouble with Shohreh's and Navid's accents as they affect the way I heard certain words. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this narration for listeners who have hearing difficulties.
Another stunning novel from Khaled Hosseini that takes the reader on a long and winding journey over decades, across landscapes, and in and out of the lives of extraordinary individuals.
Best book of the season. Mr Hosseini is a jewel of a novelist. Absolute must listen or read!!
I have really loved all of his books and audiobooks but I really couldn't get into the narration for this one.
Have someone else read it.
Hard to understand.
One of the better performed audiobooks I've listened to! It was so special having the author narrate a large part of the book and the additional performers were incredible. I enjoyed the differing accents, which reflected each character, and made the characters come alive.
If you loved the Kite Runner and 1,000 Splendid Suns, this is a must!
I liked his prior books. This one is not his best, so I would only recommend it to people who are familiar with his work. I found the narration very distracting and, unlike most audiobooks, this one was easy to put down. I am struggling to finish it. I think this book probably is better in print.
Not sure, but a stronger, deeper voice.
When I listened to Kite Runner, it blew me away. A Thousand Splendid Suns was a big disappointment, this book is better but not even close to Hosseini's first book. It's a very heart wrenching story of a family torn apart leading the listener to anticipate some kind of triumphant reunion or redemption to tie everything together, but it ends with a lot of loose ends. The story jumps from character to character as frequently as it jumps narrators. I agree with the other reviewers that switching of narrators is very distracting. I loved listening to the author's voice and accent. I was hoping that at least, they would take turns, but after the first chapter, the rest of the book is read by the other narrators with very thick, hard to understand accents. Perhaps the book might have made a better impression on me if I had read it instead of listening to it.
Kite Runner. It was written by the same author and is a much better story.
Across the generations and across continents comes an epic story by the author of the Kite Runner.
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3 narrators only could understand one due to the heavy accents. Very slurry speech. I literally had to strain to make out the words - I gave up on the two narrators.
I've read the authors other books and loved them. I can't believe such poor narrators were chosen because it ruined the experience and story for me.