Hosseini's other two books are two of my favorites, so I was excited to get this book and downloaded it almost the day it came out. I should have listened to the excerpt before downloading though, because the narration is AWFUL! Basically, the narration is so bad, I was unable to finish this book.
The few times that Hosseini steps in to narrate are the few bright spots. The other two narrators (a man and a woman) are terrible. It's not only because their heavy accents are such that I could not understand a lot of what they were saying. They are very monotonous as well.
If Hosseini had narrated the whole thing, I probably would have at least finished the book. I gave up about 4/5ths in. Perhaps there was a redeeming twist coming at the end that would have brought everything together, but I just couldn't put up with the narrators anymore.
At the risk of a slight spoiler, I will tell you that this story spans several generations, so the characters you are introduced to at the start of the book will grow old and die before the end. And there did not seem to be any overall point to the story. It's like a long drawn-out snapshot of the lives of some Afghans. It describes in great detail the ups and downs of various people's lives, generally all related to each other, and that's about it.
If there was a grand resolution to the story at the end that I missed, I apologize, but again, the narration was so bad, I could not hold on.
In terms of Gaiman's other books, this book is along the lines of Coraline and The Graveyard Book. However, I would rank this one at the bottom of those three (Coraline would be at the top).
It does have a couple of "adult" scenes though, so I'm not sure if this was intended to be a "young adult" novel or not.
It's not bad. It's just not great, and when I pick up Gaiman, I expect great.
This book is so good, so packed with useful, practical, mind-expanding information, that every human being should read this. This book will make you a better person. No matter what your interests, career, etc., this book has insights that will make you better.
This book sounds like it was written by a junior high school kid who's not a very good writer.
The characters are given no depth. The author relates battle scene after battle scene in exhausting detail (literally), but gives the reader no reason to care about the characters involved. I found it utterly un-listenable, and gave up about halfway through.
This is a great book. I'm still processing it, but it may be up there with the best sci-fi I've ever read (and I read a lot). Absolutely riveting from beginning to the end.
Many years from now this may be looked upon as a great classic of science fiction in the same league as the best of Clarke, Heinlein, Asimov, Crichton and others.
This is by far the worst book Sam Harris has written. Frankly, I found it kind of boring. He really just seems to have a few things to say, and just keeps going on and on about them.
On the positive side, it's always nice to hear Sam Harris talk, and this is no exception.
Also, he does have a few good things to say -- or if not good, at least interesting. Worth reading only if you're a fan of the author.
This was my first introduction to Lovecraft. I got the book because I'd heard that a movie was in the works based on it, and from what I read it sounded like something I'd like.
Turns out, it WAS something I liked!
For some reason, I was expecting a lot of gore and outright horror. I think I was also expecting some supernatural elements -- demons and the like. Instead, this book reminded me far more of some great sci-fi classics like Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama, Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Conan Doyle's The Lost World. I absolutely loved it, and can't wait for the movie now. I plan to get some other stuff by Lovecraft now that I have a better idea what he's about.
I'm sure Mr. Taleb is a very, very smart person, but I found this book difficult to listen to because of his general attitude. There is a lot of interesting information in here, but it's just hard to listen to Taleb.
In person, I think Mr. Taleb might be a little like Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory, only when it's not a sitcom it's not as funny.
I was unable to maintain interest long enough to finish, but got about 3/4 of the way through.
This was tons of fun to listen to. The only problem with the book is that it's not long enough. I wanted him to keep going.
Even if you are not into mathematics, I think you will enjoy this if you are a fan of the show.
It's also quite interesting as the author goes into some detail about the history behind each mathematical "secret" he covers.
This audiobook was just barely good enough to keep me listening until the end. I will not be reading any more of this series.
In the interest of full disclosure: I have never liked Terry Pratchett, but Stephen Baxter has written some stuff I've really liked, so I took a chance hoping that there would be more Baxter here than Pratchett. Also, many other reviews indicated that Pratchett's fans felt that this was not what they expected from him, which gave me further reason to hope.
Unfortunately, I guess that even a little Pratchett is too much for me.
This book is good, but it's not The Shining. Also, I felt it petered out a bit too early.
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