The book begins with a compelling, provocative story, but then takes many twists and turns and brings the reader new stories that are also interesting, but not as interesting as the initial story. I found myself becoming frustrated with the other stories, just wanting to get back to Pari and Abdullah, or becoming annoyed that the other stories weren't given more attention; the book has a number of wonderful stories that could each have made fantastic full-length books, but compiled together felt that the different story lines were shortchanged, and as a reader I felt lost.
I also really did not care for Navid Negahban as a narrator; his voice was somnorific and hard to understand. He was exhausting to listen to. I wound up purchasing the book just so I could read his sections. Khaled Hosseini was a great narrator, and I wish he had done more.
I have loved Khaled Hosseini's other books, so I had such high hopes for this one. It is therefore a shock that this one is just not as good.
I really liked Adepero Oduye but not Jenna Lamia. I was surprised I didn't like this more since it was by Sue Monk Kidd!
I love historical fiction and books with alternating narrators, but this one just wasn't very good
Adepero Oduye yes, Jenna Lamia, no
This book felt like it was written for the sole purpose of getting made into a movie and the story is interesting enough that it might make for a good movie (albeit a hard to watch one).
I thought the author took too many liberties in telling Sarah Grimke's story, and it didn't sit right with me. Handful's story was very interesting and compelling, and if the book had only focused on her, it would have been a lot better. Sarah's story just felt tedious and stretched quite thin, and was a chore to listen to
I had such high hopes for this book, but I couldn't finish it- halfway through I was very annoyed with the narrator, and really uncomfortable with the more-than-kissing cousins.
I found the flashing back and forth from present to past distracting and confusing. This may be easier to follow in book form, but I found it difficult in audiobook form. I also really got frustrated with how the secret scandalous thing Thea had done was dragged out- I'm all for building suspense but this just dragged and felt like it was unnecessarily taunting the reader, which was just annoying.
I found the voice too girlish, and the accents were all the same, and all grated on me. The voice was also very sad, it just sounded like a mopey teenage girl, and while I realize that Thea is a mopey teenage girl, the voice just got to me!
I cannot say, since I couldn't even make it all the way through the first book
I found the relationship with Thea and Georgie extremely disquieting, and ultimately that is what caused me to stop listening.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. It is not just read, it is performed in such a way that you feel as if you are there alongside Bruno and Shmuel.
I loved Bruno and loved seeing the events play out through his eyes. This provided a unique and gripping perspective.
The way Maloney reads really gets you inside the head of a nine-year-old boy; his emotions and style of reading make you feel Bruno's anxiety or excitement, understand that Gretel is a
The end made me cry but at many points I was laughing! The book manages to be both uplifting and hopeful and incredibly heart-wrenching at the same time.
I did not realize this was a young adult book when I purchased it, and may not have done so had I known, but as an adult, I absolutely fell in love with this book and highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of age, who is looking for a remarkable story.
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