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
I adored the narration of this book. I realized that other readers found the accents distracting. But, I felt that it added a lot to the story. Their voices felt genuine and made this already deeply moving book even more so. To me, it was like hearing poetry read vs. reading it to oneself.
It's rare that a book comes along that digs so deeply into your heart. This was a sad, insightful, thought provoking, heart wrenching story about family, loss, aging, rebirth, human connection and human cruelty. It's the kind of book that when it's over you just want to sit and stare into space to let it all sink in.
The thing about this book is that the beauty just never let's up. Each chapter is so beautifully crafted and each character so well developed that it's impossible for me to choose a favorite.
Khaled Housseini's writing is so beautiful that sometimes the sentences themselves just carry you away. It's the kind of book that you want to replay certain paragraphs just to hear them read again, as one would a poem.
Most of the narrators fit the story and did a great job. I love when he reads his own books. While I don't feel this was as powerful as the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (Kite Runner my all time fav) This never left me wanting. I Love this author and this book.
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
Sadly, this has not been my favorite of his books. Good but lacking in the urgency of his other books. Probably more of a literary splash though, due to all the unique voices telling the story.
Not sure why he had to include so many story lines. It got to be too much for me and I couldn't wait for it to end. I still enjoyed it overall but it could have been 200 pages shorter in my opinion...
its flow and inter-connectedness - its ability to span lifetimes yet keep them related
Great, as they all are.
Reading is everything to me - gave me escape as an abused child who needed it desperately; the universe when my world was a small village.
I got this book because I I love and respect Hosseini's works. Like his other books, this book takes the reader on deeply wonderful journey of complex characters with poignant stories that stays with the reader for a long time. I had to listen to the book a second time to fill in some of what I missed the first time. Hosseini's characters are always well fleshed out and the details in his stories are so intricately textured.This book underscores how as human beings we make decisions because in the moment we feel these decisions are the best given the circumstances. Many times, however, these decisions change the courses of lives and even those of subsequent generations. The narrators did not detract from the story for me. Rather, they gave the story more credibility and their voices seemed "right to me." This author has me for life! If he scribbles on a paper napkin I will be reading it! If you like Hosseini's other books you may love this even more! Go ahead and get it, I promise this one will haunt your soul.
Read on... or should I say Listen On....
I found this book a little hard to get into however, the longer I listened the more the stories echoed in my ears and heart. I fell in love with it.
Pari~ She captured my imagination.
boring with hard to follow passages. I do not like the way the author spread this book out. and the accents were so difficult to understand. I do not recommend.
I loved "The Kite Runner" and expected a good story. I was bored by the audible book.
Yes - many times.
I loved all the characters...Abdullah and Pari, Nabi and Suleiman, Parwana and Masooma. As Nabi explains: "We are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us." Listening to this book was an extraordinary experience.
This is by far my favorite of all of Khaled Hosseini's books. I love it when the author reads their own story, but the addition of the other two narrators was perfect. As soon as I heard Shohreh Aghdashloo's voice, I knew I would love this story. I appreciated the richness of the three narrators' voices, the strong accents that brought the story to life, and the emotional tenderness that the three were able to convey through their voices. I'm so happy I chose to listen to this book - although I have since bought hard copies for my children as gifts.
The narrators were fantastic. This was, perhaps, the best listening experience I've had yet with an audible book. I highly recommend it.
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