I haven't read the print version but I think the proper pronunciation of terms in German and Japanese added alot to the reading. Mr Maloney did a sensitive reading........ he expressed emotions in his voice that he read on the page. It brought it alive and made the listener smile and cry in turn. He also varied the pace to the fit with what he was reading.
I would compare it to The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion because it is a memoir that focuses on one particular part of the memoirist's life. Both writers could skillfully tell us the facts and then plunge us into despair or joy by their reaction to those facts.
He was always speaking as Edmund de Waal.
I've listened to it twice and will probably revisit it in a few years. I also bought the print version so I can see the photographs and copy out some sections that were particularly meaningful to me.
A fantastic book!
I found the story very over-drawn and anti-Moslem. Predictable and overly-violent.
I thought the reader was poor. The voices he employed when the characters spoke were inconsistent and caricatures. Nearly offensive.
There was some lovely writing along the way and many interesting details about Afghan life. I took them as true though I don't know if they are.
I will never buy an audiobook read by Basil Sands.
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