On May 21, 2013, the new novel from Khaled Hosseini: an unforgettable story about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.
Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globefrom Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinosthe story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each passing minute.
©2013 Khaled Hosseini (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Readers who spoke English with less of a foreign accent. Couldn't understand the text at times due to strong accents. Also, story jumped around too much. Hard to follow or connect at times.
Readers with less of a foreign accent.
Frustration at not being able to follow the plot. Disappointing end. It seemed as though the author just tried to hard to write an award winning novel.
Nothing very informative in this book. Not like his previous books.
I have loved all of Hosseini's previous books but this one was challenging to listen to. It involves many story lines, many points of view and jumping from present to past tense. And I'm usually ok with following along but this one was tough and the ending (when it finally came) dropped off like a cliff. And the narrators are DIFFICULT and frustrating to understand (and accents don't usually bother me).
The story itself has a good premise. Just too bogged down with jumping from characters to tenses to narrators.
Hosseini for all characters.
Hosseini, please make more stories like the "Kite Runner." I feel it was your best work to date!
Hosseini used a series of vignettes to tell his story as compared to a contiguous plot. His approach is different than previous novels, but absolutely effective. It allowed a quick but deep look at a number of characters and situations that are intertwined and impacted by each other. It is a story of choices, of responsibility and love, of self-sacrifice and self-centeredness, of isolation and connection. At the beginning of some chapters I had difficulty getting my bearings, but Hosseini quickly provided enough information for me to gain understanding. I was propelled through the stories in this book, and touched by how intertwined the characters were at the beginning and the end. A very good read.
This author takes you on a journey of the human mind, he uses the Middle East as his back drop. This time it is outsiders of the country as well as the insiders who are participants of this story. Of people who escape to Europe, of the bonds to the East. I love listening to this author, so well narrated. So much can be learned of lives of people who spend much time together, of times changing, of picking up the pieces. It is a book that, as the others, takes you away and immerses you from day to day life. Well worth the listen.
I would recommend to a friend with the suggestion to take notes while listening or reading. I think there are too many characters and different story lines to keep track of. I have enjoyed the previous two books by this author, but this book was too confusing.
Pronunciation of the names of the characters.
No, too many characters and no consistent story line.
The narrator's voice is engaging, well-modulated and entirely appropriate for each section of the book. In addition, his accent helps transport the listener to Afghanistan without being at all difficult to understand. Perhaps another narrator could do justice to Hosseini's work, but I doubt it could be done as well.
I always marvel at Hosseini's ability to create an engrossing narrative filled with such nuanced characters. His voice is sure and precise, and I end up living with the people of his books in my head long after the reading is done.
This is one of the poorest downloads I have listened to. The narrator was painful. I could not even get into the story for the poor narration. I loved Hosseini's last 2 books, but cannot recommend this one to anyone.
For me there just wasn't the basis for a good story here.
Both of his other books were wonderful and compelling. I couldn't wait for another by him. It felt to me like too much effort for so little.
Sometimes I had trouble understanding her English with the heavy accent
The book was a good view of Afghanistan and the people. While I appreciated the author reading the book it was hard to understand at some points.
appropriate, no surprise. Very sad.
top 10% The slow pace of telling may bug some, but it is the local way of telling a story setting the time and place and slowly developing the picture. I have been in country this is classical work.
I liked the kite book, and the 1000 suns were better, but all different enough.but I felt the first two more,and felt the writer was opening his own heart with the stories.
no savor it
This is a Doctor with great ease with language. His stories are not dressed up or slanted for pity. It is what it is. Like a photo of these times, no undue drama, but no hiding life. Everything he writes is excellent in any language. A rare writer in these times.
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