I love Khaled Hosseini. He was my doctor before his career as a writer began and he was a compassionate doctor with superior skills. As a writer, I have been absolutely blown away by his three books. I love this latest one but the narration made it hard for me to follow the characters and keep track of who was who. Typically a narrator will change the pitch of their voice when new characters are introduced but that was not done well here. I listen during my hour commute back and forth to work and I needed some distinctions to separate the characters. But, it's a rich, thought provoking story. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Don't miss the book because of the narration. The audio book was a good foundation and now the book will help me bring the characters to life.
Hosseini's books keep me engaged from start to finish. What I liked about this one was how the characters were intertwined and different generations were represented. What I also like about Hosseini's books is that we are reminded that there are not many differences between people despite the country and culture. That is what I try to remember as I hear all the news stories that concentrate on the negative. Travel has afforded me that viewpoint and books reinforce that when I get to go to another country via the written word.
Just changes in pitch to distinguish the characters.
That's a hard one. There is quite an array of interesting characters. I'd have a dinner party at my house and invite them all.
Keep writing please. I'll await the next. From your favorite patient (now in San Diego). ;-)
I thought the performance was very good. I didn't read the book. I love audio books and I love listening to Steven King. This kept me interested throughout.
Uncovering some of the secrets and the showdown.
When I get visuals about the characters in the book, I know I've heard a good narration.
If I had an enormous amount of free time, yes.
I was getting a little impatient waiting for something interesting to happen but by the second half of the book, it started getting more interesting. It was definitely in later in the book. She is a good writer and can get away with more dialogue. I've obviously been spoiled by more suspenseful books. It did not disappoint after all.
Good interesting journey. I'd like to invent a saying for the types of books that are rush hour prozac. Maybe that's it - Rush Hour Prozac. This is such a book. This does not disappoint.
I know this is a favorite with critics (or at least what I've read) but to me, it was a little bit of a letdown. I had just listened to Shantaram so it was such a slower pace and perhaps I was just not ready for such a leap in tempo. I believe it's read by the author and I really wish the author's would leave the narration to the professionals. The low key voice in this book didn't help. However, I was engaged until all the sudden the book just ended. I realize that a point was made but it was so abrupt that I felt cheated.
This is the type of book that will live for a long time, a la To Kill a Mockingbird. I really hated that this book had to end. A compelling book that will give you insight into a time that we cannot imagine at present day. At least in California, we cannot imagine it.
I was engaged from beginning to end. This is the type of book you will not mind being stuck in traffic for. I love books that are based in other countries and this book gives a rich, cultural visit to India. My wanderlust for travel (that I cannot do right now) was temporarily satiated with this book.
If you are a Marketing type, this would probably be a great book. I didn't finish it as I'm not anything close to Marketing but I'm sure it has its niche.
This is a well written book but I didn't find it very engaging. It took me about half-way through to grab my interest. I kept with it because of all I heard about it and I love dogs. I would say it's good but not a great book. Love the dogs and Edgar though.
Dr. Hosseni used to be my doctor so you'll be happy to know that he is not only a fabulous writer but he is also a good guy and a wonderful doctor. I thought the Kite Runner was excellent and this one exceeded my expectations. Dr. Hosseni is probably doing more for the humanitarian cause than anyone else as far as putting faces with a culture that has been ignored except for the focus on war. I get lost in his books. I'm stuck in traffic and don't even care and in fact, want it to take even longer to get to work. I feel like I'm visiting another country. Having lived in other countries and traveled extensively, I know that there are some people that are always going to fight for power (unfortunately) but at the core of the population are good people everywhere, just trying to do life the best they can.
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