I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 previous Hosseini books so I was going to listen to this one no doubt. But yes I'd say a waste of time because it was not what I was expecting. Unlike the other books -- which were well-constructed novel length stories -- this one has a different character for each character whose "story" is told. The characters have some connection to each other -- but in a listening situation it was hard to follow. And most of the stories had not the wealth of even a normal short story -- more about developing a character just in time for their chapter to be over.
No -- I like a rich complicated story. These were fragments.
This book had 3 narrators -- I had heard Mr. Hosseini narrate the other 2 books and I had heard Ms. Aghdashloo narrate another book. Their narration here was as good as I have heard them before. Unlike other reviewers I had no problem understanding any of the narrators.
Well they would throw out half the characters in writing the screenplay and tease out a narrative of interest. It might be ok.
A better story. I listened to the sample and it was a lively recounting of Vincent Van Gogh encountering the Color Man in the cornfield. Who knew that was the very beginning of the book and VG dies shortly after the sample ends? No more Van Gogh for the rest. The meandering tale after that wanders through other contemporary painters as characters in a long line of name-dropping. I couldn't finish it.
I don't know what genre this would be other than "one of Christopher Moore's books". I really liked his "Lamb" -- it was laugh outloud funny, and that is the main reason I bought this book. But I will be a lot more reticent to buy another of his.
Nothing about Euan Morton's performance was notably bad -- nor outstanding, but I really only tried about 3 or 4 hours before I gave up on the story.
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