This is an amazing book. The story itself, the structure and the subject matter are exceptional, but the narration will blow you away. I usually prefer reading but this is one thast I can't recommend the audio book enough.
I don't usually review either but had to do it on this one.
This was one of those risky downloads that paid off! Very interesting charcters, a likeable downtrodden but sassy group of siblings, some intrique and danger, not trite or Harleqinn-y. Will look forward to listening to more by this author.
I purchased this on sale and would have felt jipped had I used a credit for it. As it was, I felt I learned a little about Greg Mortenson and his mission, got a glimpse of what makes religious extremists able to get a foothold in the middle east, and felt utterly apalled the next time I walked into Walmartt and saw all the things we waste money on there. The "lack of" FILL IN THE BLANK (food, water, penmcils, schools, cleanliness, medicine, doctors with real training) in Pakistan and Afghanistan is sad. The book-- eh. The narrative is dry, and the vocal narration is clumsy, not natural.
When I downloaded this I wondered if I'd regret choosing a 36 hour listen, but the story sounded interesting and I hate abridged versions. It was surprising and fresh, not your standard post-apocolypse fare. The author used the perspective of several different characters over a period of years. The use of so many points of view affected the cohesion of the narrative a bit but I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure scifi. Can't wait fgor the next novel in this series.
Really great story w/ good character development. Interesting historical details make me glad I didn't like back then!
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