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)
Phenomenal audio book, beautifully read by a woman with just enough accent to set the mood, but very very easy to understand. This was one case where I thought I enjoyed the audio book more than I would have the written book because she pronounced many native references correctly, whereas I would not have known how they sounded if I had read it myself.
Also, I am sure you can read all the positive reviews on Amazon, but this story is excellent. I have never sought out this genre, where actual history (of Afghanistan) is brought to life through the eyes of fictional characters. The way two initially separate plots are woven together was very interesting. I highly recommend it to all readers. The characters in the story are very realistic and well-developed; even the antagonists have elements of humanity. The book presents Afghanistan's tomultuous recent history without politicizing it, simply presenting it.
I enjoy many types of audiobooks from chick-lit to non-fiction, but this has been my favorite one so far.
... so I can go back and re-live it. Just don't listen while you're trying to drive. It made me cry. Excellent historical reference, character definition, and narration. An outstanding audio book.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
Yesterday, October 1, 2012, in Afghanistan, a women was executed, killed, murdered, call it what you will, for allegedly committing adultery. Her male partner was unpunished. In the same newscast that reported this execution, the beautiful, young, orphaned faces of a first in that country girl soccer team were shown celebrating their freedom to... to... just be girls and play soccer. Such is a taste of life and death in Afghanistan. Such is a taste of A Thousand Splendid Suns.
The book is simply and beautifully written. If you liked the Kite Runner, you will probably appreciate this book also.
A beautifully moving, descriptive, and incredibly sad story and Leoni's narration hits all the right notes. Her voice, too, sings and is touching and amazing. I cried many tears and I was left with a hunger for dishes from Afghanistan and for a hunger to know more about the country and it's people.
I really enjoyed this book although it tells a heartbreaking story. If you want a real life account of some of today's oppressed middle eastern women and the lives they lead, read this book! It's compelling.
The book is well written, and it gives you a voyeuristic view into Afghanistan, but it's so sad. I bought this book because someone said it’s not like his previous book, Kite Runner, which was also really sad to me. But it is sad. That’s why I gave it 3 stars. If you can bear the tragedy of lives destroyed by a God dishonoring culture and war mongering men, then you’ll love this book.
I could not tear myself away from this audiobook... sorry, honey and kids! The reader was excellent and the story beautifully written. I was brought to tears several times. I read The Kite Runner, now I have listen to this book. Now I await this author's next book.
I couldn't get into this book at all because the narration is so unnatural. The narrator speaks in the same monotone and meter the entire time and is the same for all characters so it is very difficult to get into the story at all. I started listening to this book over 6 months ago and have since listened to 6 other books. Given the universally laudatory reviews, I have been quite disappointed that I have not been able to share such pleasure in this book.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Beautiful, heart breaking story of three generations of Afghan women who face incredible abuse and hardship, that western women cannot even imagine. Unlikely friendships and sacrifices by the women over the span of many years and what they do to protect the children that are born to them will keep you on the edge of your seat, listening, crying, and absolutely infuriated that such injustice exists . . . even now.
I'm very glad I read this book. To see how events in Afghanistan affected people's lives, even in a fictional context, was eye opening. You'll want to listen to see what happens next, and yet because the political events are so heartless to people it breaks your heart. You almost don't want to know the next thing that will hit these people.
This is a story of women. It jumps back and forth between two women's lives and how they learn to lean on each other to survive in war torn Afghanistan, and the sacrifices they make for each other.
After finishing this book I am even more grateful I live where I do and not in a country torn by violence and war.
I think I actually liked the Kite Runner a bit better, but this was definitely worth reading. The narration is also quite good. Read this one and you won't be sorry.
great book. another gem from this author. love learning about afghanistan and the conflicts in this way. heroines lovely.... but for me not as great as the kite runner.
"Insightful, harrowing and beautiful all in one"
Personally, I found the story tricky to get to grips with at the beginning. It didn't immediately hook me in, but I persevered and it was worth it. The story is captivating, the prose is beautiful, the characters feel real and the setting is harrowing.
The book gives an insight into a world so far away from my own experience, yet one which exists in the same age and on the same earth as mine. As a woman, I found this to be an important book; allowing a level of understanding as to what life might be like for women in Afghanistan.
I found the reader difficult to engage with at times. Her style felt quite flat in comparison to other books I have read. But I got used to it and by the end, I felt like her steadiness was appropriate for the context of this book.
"Stick with it its truely inspiring"
The plot really opens your eyes up into how hard life can be in the Middle East. I was very impressed with the authors vivid descriptions. Completely recommend this book.
"Read this book"
This was a moving tale of reality in Afghanistan in my lifetime which is so shocking. How has my generation allowed these events to carry on where one half of the population ie women are treated as chattels by men. How strong the women come out of this story but in reality the lives of the protagonists are but tokens of the millions of women who have and are living miserable beaten and battered lives. And the good and honourable men of Afghanistan who are also forced into inhuman ways of living and killing. The country seems to have been perpetually under one mad and ruthless regime after another where human love and kindness and wonderment at our beautiful world is downtrodden and put aside for war after war after war. I take my hat off to the Afghanistanie people who have survived and carried on despite all that has happened to them and their beautiful country. I urge everyone to read this book as it is so enlightening
"Heartbreaking work of genius"
Brilliant novel; searingly painful but a compelling read. I had to adapt to the curious vocal phrasing of the narrator which put me off at first but the story powered through. Read it and you will be angered, saddened and humbled.
"Hard to get into but hugely rewarding"
Boy do you grow to care for the central characters, and for Afghanistan. The pronunciation of names will live on long in my memory.
The graphic description of Sharia law (as implemented by the Taliban) and its impact on women is so educational.
I feel hugely emotionally and factually enriched by this book.
"A thousand splendid suns"
This book has been a gripping read from start to finish.It makes a pleasant change to have a book that says it as it is.
finished in two days. incredible. Wonderful insight into Afghanistans history and how things have transpired. Beautiful characters
"Best book Ive read in 10 years!"
Thoroughly good story, embedded with culture. Had to turn speed down slightely to appreciate fully, but read brilliantly.
My second Audible book - and LOVED it. Have already downloaded The Kite Runner! :)
It makes you think about different cultures and events.
A very special book, full of emotions.
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