The story is so well-crafted. Kipling really knew how to populate his writing with engaging characters. The reader is drawn right into every event.
This is my first experience with Madhav Sharma, but this narrator's skill is such that his name on an audio book will be enough to make me want to listen to whatever he's reading. I don't say that about many narrators and have had to return books because the narration was just too painful to endure!
There are too many details one wants to savor, so it wasn't a book to be devoured in one gulp.
I met Kim repeatedly in other novels(most memorably in The Game, by Laurie R. king) and finally decided I needed to tackle Kipling's book. I am so glad I did.
My plan was to listen while exercising, so as to give me just that little bit more motivation. It worked for a while, but then I couldn't stand not to know what happened next, so I listened while folding laundry and knitting. My husband and I ended up in a race to the finish, sworn to gloat but not reveal any spoilers. He win but just by a little.
The characters are well drawn, the story is compelling, historical details are fascinating and the narration is amazing.
The narrator's voice is engaging, well-modulated and entirely appropriate for each section of the book. In addition, his accent helps transport the listener to Afghanistan without being at all difficult to understand. Perhaps another narrator could do justice to Hosseini's work, but I doubt it could be done as well.
I always marvel at Hosseini's ability to create an engrossing narrative filled with such nuanced characters. His voice is sure and precise, and I end up living with the people of his books in my head long after the reading is done.
I listened as I walked, to the novel as read by Jim Broadbent. Great narrator. on the whole, I found the book very well- written. I got bogged down about 2/3 of the way through, with the other pilgrims who joined Harold, and am contemplating whether the tale wouldn't have been just as strong without their addition.
The mundane minutiae of life and Harold's journey that the author captured, while not losing sight of the meanings of Harold's very long walk into the land of the living.
His voice, pacing, the whole performance - completely engaging.
Penny doesn't rely on sex or violence to spin a good story. It's all in the relationships. Her writing is reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford series.
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