I read it the first time. I loved it so much that I bought it in here to listen through a second time. You won't be able to turn it off. The story pulls you in and keeps you there.
I very much enjoyed this book as I have the others by this author. The audio production with more than one narrator was a very effective way to tell the story and very much added to my enjoyment of it. I would recommend this to anyone who liked this author's previous books.
I came to understand much more clearly the situations, hardships, culture and some part of the history of Afghanistan. The wars and ways how they have lived and are living. It was much heart-breaking to know a little bit of the women's way of living. I sincerely wish the situations get better and happiet for the people ASAP.
I love Khaled Hosseini's books but this was definitely not my favorite. The story was ok, though I liked how the stories were all entwined. Two of the narrators had very heavy accents that made it very difficult at times to follow the story.
Story was certainly not as strong or compelling as Hosseini's previous two works. The cast of characters was both too large and too complicated in its connections between characters. This led to feelings of ambivalence towards most of the characters, excluding the lead characters.
In terms of performance, Khaled Hosseini's narration was good, Navid Negahban's was mediocre, and Shohreh Aghdashloo's was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed both the characters she portrayed and her performance of the readings.
The story is good. But the narrators.... Ugh!!
Someone mentioned that the male narrator sounded like he had marbles in his mouth. I agree. I know this accent, but he sort of slurred the words. I turned up the volume in an effort to understand him better. And the woman... OMG. She was easy enough to understand, but the gravelly voice was not pleasant. And she took a breath. In the middle of the sentence.
I'm still listening to this book as I am enjoying the story and the eloquent use of the English language, but before I get another of Mr. Hosseni, I will certainly listen to a sample. Please Mr. Hosseni... If you read these reviews, think twice before using these narrators again. I have over 300 audible books and this one ranks at the very bottom as far as the narration goes.
i read first and have listened to repeatedly. the timeline may be a challenge to some, but its so worth it. funny, poetic, charming, poignant at times... but just interesting and beautiful.