Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever-escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.
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"Another searing epic....[Hosseini's] tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unimaginably tragic, Hosseini's magnificent second novel is a sad and beautiful testament to both Afghani suffering and strength. Readers who lost themselves in The Kite Runner will not want to miss this unforgettable follow up." (Booklist)
True literature gently opens the mind like a spell. Words flow into the reader's soul like water and paint pictures of the places and the people that populate the story. Such is Hosseini's work as he takes us into the lives of a beautifully human people as they struggle to live and grow in a hostile, dangerous and hate filled place. Read it, share it and grow yourself.
Wow! What a wonderful way to walk in the shoes of Afghan women during one of the countrys most tumultuous times. I learned so much from these AMAZING and strong women. Highly recommend.
Afghanistan, turmoil and women
One of best books I have ever read. It is all memorable a book that makes you think and stays with you for a long time.
Atossa enunciation of the afghan language and she is excellent narrator makes you feel like you are there with the characters.
The moment the women became friends and that friendship and understanding touched me with every sacrifice they made.
Journalism Major at MSU! Miss America Contestant.
It was my very first audible so maybe that's why I am giving it a five star rating in all categories, but I have personally never enjoyed a book the way I did this one.
Too many to count, and It wouldn't be fair to give any spoilers
The main character, not sure on the proper spelling of her name, but it follows her throughout the entire book.
I believe when she was forced into marriage, and just reading - well hearing- what that was like really made me blessed to have such freedoms that third world countries do not.
This book really opened my eyes on the freedoms and rights women in America have, it made me grateful to live in this country. I would easily suggest this book to any woman, it will change your views on many things.
I travel to and from Arizona and Santa Clarita every month. We listen to audible books in the car from our IPod.
Just a hard subject matter to follow. I lost interest in the first CD, but tried to give it the benefit and continued.
I did not expect to like this book, which was chosen by my book club, so I chose to listen to it rather than read it. Boy, was I surprised. I loved the narrator and the story was sweet, even though I think something was probably lost in abridged version. I would highly recommend this one, especially for women.
The ending and I can't reveal that!
The story itself, the language that is beautiful but straightforward enough for listening even for only occasional listeners like myself
So many dramatic moments right from the beginning. Without giving away later parts, surely Mariam's relationship with her father is pretty heart-wrenching.
Clear, easy to listen to, pleasant voice fitting the story.
Mariam, I guess obviously, but other characters too. Unfortunately her husband seemed realistic. (In the news right now, marriage of an 8-year-old to 40-year-old in Yemen and reportedly the girl dies from bleeding...still being checked by authorities.)
Be sure to get the version you want, abridged or unabridged. I thought I had bought the unabridged version and only learned at the end that it was the abridged. My fault, and Audible handled it well, but now that I've already listened to the abridged, not sure I'll go back to listen again. (I had already read the whole book a few years ago.)
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
I listen to audiobooks in every genre: Which means I does not rank them. Numbering them would be like numbering family. Let me say this: It made me gasp. I felt proud of being a woman. This is a tribute to ladies and to the craft of writing.
I have not heard "The kite runner" because the narrator must be good enough. The Audible sample of "The kite runner" made me sad, since I depend on audiobooks in order to digest books.
After "The end of your life book club", a book I have been listening to time after time. For some reason I decided to buy this and without being aware I bought the abridged version. For some strange reason I was happy I made this "mistake", because I could hear it in one sitting. The time did not exist while I was listening to this. It was like being in these brave ladies heart.
When two childhood friends met again as adults.
Clear and while she brought nothing to it she read the story in a way which made it crisp clear.
All the horrible beatings.
This book actually made me cry! For my usual reading I would never have picked up the book but since all I had to do was listen while I worked I found it very interesting.
"See inside the Afgan life"
Reading it is like being there when it happened, good times and many bad times though Afghanistan from King to Taliban to today, why are men so coldly cruel to women and other men, a deep insight, and deeply distressing but a wonderful read.
"A Thousand Splendid Suns"
An extremely moving if not accurate account of the turmoil, tragedy and heartbreak that Afghans have lived with for decades!
And now one only hopes that there can be a sequel soon that will see such a beautiful country and innocent people restored to their former glory & happiness!
"A powerful and moving social history"
I'd never read any of Khalid Hosseini's books before, so, when I saw this advertised as an audiobook, I thought I'd give it a go.
I was not disappointed: this was one of the most powerfully moving books I have ever read. By writing about the lives of 2 ordinary, yet extraordinary women, Hosseini paints a vivid and gripping picture of life in Afghanistan during the past 25 years.
I don't usually like fiction, but this book is an exception. It takes you on a journey that leaves you feeling like you've been very lucky to get a glimpse into the lives of others.
An insightful narrative into how women endure and survive and a wonderful taste of Afghan culture and history. Not for those looking for a light happy read as it was upsetting in parts.
I confess I only got half-way through as I couldn't bear any more misery. Clumsy miserablist writing with a heavy dose of the worthies. Avoid.
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