Overall I didn't like this book. There were a few interesting parts, but overall it just droned on describing the hardships of two afghan women. Maybe the title should be "A Thousand Splendid Suns - A Book for Women" Then regular guy readers would know to STAY AWAY.
This is like a Nancy Drew book for adult geeks, I'm a 33 year old male, fairly geeky but not overly so and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Yes there is lots of sexual innuendo, perhaps too much. But it's all in good fun and I'm sure the geeky guys will enjoy it alot. The hero of the book is basically a grown up nerd (wizard), running around blasting demons, being a tough guy, saving women and generally kicking ass. A fun listen. The only annoying part about the audio is that the narrator swallows audibly and frequently.
If you're expecting a good story, then look elsewhere!
Perhaps this author should take a lesson from Ken Follet on writing a history novel. This book is horrible; it reads like a high school textbook. It's all facts and very little story/plot. I tried to get into it, but no matter how many chances I gave the book, I gave up.
I'll admit, I'm your typical American guy and had no idea about the culture and turmoil details in Afghanistan. This book not only weaves a wonderful tale of hardships, but educates the reader about Afghans and their country. The author's self loathing is a bit much at times, but overall a very good listen. I enjoyed this book far more than the "A Thousand Splendid Suns"; which, honestly, I didn't like at all.
The audiobook is fun, I've avoided Terry Pratchett in the past due to his (previously thought of overly) intellectual humor and I finally gave in and gave this a listen. WOW! I was enjoying myself practically the whole way through. Not quite a 5 star book, but close. I highly recommend it.
It was OK overall, good if there is nothing else to listen to. But nothing great... some boring parts, some good parts, lots of cliche's.
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