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)
This was a great book and it really gives you a look into lives we can't even dream of! I would reccomend this book to any woman, or man for that matter! I found it entertaining as well as very educational from an American's perspective! Great listen!
Beautiful story following two women of modern Afghanistan. Surprising to me was the quiet and lovely support these women got from their faith and scriptures. At times of crisis some prayer or quote from the Quoran would give them the strength and guidance to do the right, though difficult, thing.
Even as radical religion created untold difficulties for women in Afghanistan, the true spirit of Islam came to their aid.
It was a plus hearing the Afghan words read by (I assume) a native speaker of Afghan.
An amazing story, even better than his first book. I couldn't stop listening. Sadly inspiring, but be prepared, it will make you cry. Kudos to the narrator, a pleasure to listen to.
This is a great story but what a pity that the narrator thinks that every foreign name and word must be heavily stressed on the last syllable. It wasn't until I read a rewiew in a magazine that I realised that one of the characters was called Laila. The reader also often thinks she has come to the end of the sentence so her voice falls, only to realise there is more to come. This happens so often it is off-putting.
I went by the reader reviews on this one.I don't know if it was the reader or the story, but even through the obvious tragedies, I wasn't feeling it.
Thought the entire book was very uncolorful and bland.
The only part I felt a part of the story and a rise of emotion, was at the very end.
All in all, good ending, but took way to long to get there.
This recording should be dumped and another reader hired. The combination of a minor key sing-song reading style and the poor recording quality really ruin what might be a good book.
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