The story is well-told and the writing style is good. However, at the end of listening, you know that it is just a STORY, and nothing more. There are a significant number of holes if one muses for a while. For example, the father not giving Hussein the most important gift - education; the quick transition from a person who has neither courage nor a sense of fairness to a super-hero... Thus, the book seems contrived and artificial, like a Chinese dish with too much MSG.
I really enjoyed listening to War and Peace. Zimmerman's reading, though not as dynamic as Alexander Spencer's, was good in the sense that a good French accent could be counted on when the occasion arose. The writing was fantastic, and could be called flawless save for the unsatisfactory ending where the author's philosophical views were repeated in a million different ways.
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