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
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.
Yes, I would read more from him. I enjoyed both the Kite Runner and 1000 Splended Suns. This one was good, but not quite a match for either of them. I like this author.
I felt I knew how it was going to end up.
Yes. But, I had to listen very closely due to the accent.
Yes, of course.
The book is an excellent story though very complex in the development of the characters. It covers an extended period of time and illustrates the sequence of the Afghanistan history. The character development and the sense of what people did and went through to survive are very real in the book.
Difficult to understand narrators. heavy accents detracted from the story line as I couldn't always understand what they were saying.
I thought the story was really disjointed. There were too many loose ends. Too many parts of the story that didn't seem to have much if anything to do with the main thread.
He could have done a better job in the end of pulling things together and helping the reader to understand the importance of each segment.
The boy Abdullah.
I have enjoyed other books by this author. I also enjoyed the different narrators. Though the accents were sometimes hard to understand, they gave me a sense of the characters.
Unfortunately, this lovely book is VERY difficult to understand due to the heavy accents of most of the narrators. I gave up half way through, it was too much, and I will have to read this instead.
It was very hard to follow this book because it jumped from one story to another in the space of a sentence. I had to back up and listen again often. I really didn't enjoy the various stories, it was almost like a collection of short stories, sort of like a Cloud Atlas but not as epic.
I usually enjoy accented narration as a way to relate to a different culture but these were two heavy and often hard to comprehend.
Special Education Teacher
narrator and boring story
bad accent, no life
disappointment in the author
I tried at least four or five times to get through this book. I even made it (albeit painfully) through the first part and thought, "for sure this has to get better!" But, it did not.
Another look into a culture so little understood by the western world that is more "western" than we realize. This work makes a better read than a listen because of lack of familiarity with names and time periods the author references. I had to listen to it back and forth at least twice to figure it out---worth doing, but tedious.
I love the way the different stories expand slowly, each offering a unique perspective on life, but all with a common thread and connection.
They did a good job differentiating, mainly because there was a woman reading for all the parts centering on women, and two different men for the male characters. For multiple characters in each story, the narrators did a good job of making it clear who was who.
I cried. A lot.
One of the male readers has an occasional weird way of emphasizing parts of the reading that grated a bit on me, but not enough to make me dislike listening. There is a raw believable quality to all the readers, which was encouraging as this was my first audio book. It helped that they all sounded Middle Eastern (I am just assuming, here), so none of the names or Farsi words sounded mispronounced. One of the narrators was the author, which was great.
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