If you have a great ear for dialect and foreign voices, I'm sure the story is wonderful.
I loved the Kite Runner, but this book is narrated by Mr. Hosseini and a few others and I found it nearly impossible to understand. I was listening in my car, which has a great sound system, but I couldn't make out the words and so I gave up in the second chapter.
I couldn't understand them. I'm all for authenticity, but this was read with a voice that was so heavily accented, I just couldn't follow the storyline.
It wasn't the story. I love Mr. Hosseini's writing, and I'm sure I'll read this book. But I couldn't follow it as it was narrated. If I were the editor, I would have used someone with a more American accent since the story is complicated, and it requires careful attention.
I feel badly giving Mr. Hosseini's work low marks because he is a tremendous writer. But if I have to struggle to understand what is being said, then it isn't entertaining, it's hard work.
I can't remember the last time a book gave me goose bumps. Hauntingly beautiful, mournfuly splendid.
The female speaker was terrible. I could no longer force myself to listen. I couldn't tell you if the story was any good because of the poor performance of the speakers.
Beautiful story. I am normally interested in non fiction but thought I would give this a try. I was not disappointed! Now I want to check out Kite Flyer.
there is not much else to say, narration can make or brake an audio book and here is an example.
I had a tough time with this book because the variety of timezones and the odd narrations left me having to rewind and wonder if I missed something. The main thing missing, other than the needed continuity in the story, is a plot...This was a story of a family over time, and the timezones jumped around to add to the confusion, and while the setting is unusual, and some of the components are troubling, it really lacked punch and I wound up disappointed.
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.