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.
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The structure was very interesting. I was frustrated with how it jumped around and it was not always obvious how the story lines were related. I do believe that this lack of understanding stems from the bad narration that I sometimes just couldn't follow. I'm assuming that when read, it is a lot more enjoyable.
The woman's performance was ok. I found it a bit contrived and over-acted, but at least understandable and I could follow along.
The other man's performance (not Mr. Hosseini's) was absolutely dismal. Could not understand the story. Words were mispronounced, he put the stress on the wrong syllables and the intonation of the sentences was completely off. I really can't remember a thing of the story line that he narrated.
Yes, buy it in print and re-read it. I hope that I will come to like it as much as Mr. Hosseini's previous books.
The audio version enriches this novel as the accents in the voices add a dimension that suits the story and transport you to the places and situations.
This novel is masterfully written and once again Hosseini delivers a superb story that you can't stop listening to. I just loved it.
I enjoyed Hosseini's prior books but I struggled and finally gave up listening to this one as I had trouble understanding the readers.
If you have a great ear for dialect and foreign voices, I'm sure the story is wonderful.
I loved the Kite Runner, but this book is narrated by Mr. Hosseini and a few others and I found it nearly impossible to understand. I was listening in my car, which has a great sound system, but I couldn't make out the words and so I gave up in the second chapter.
I couldn't understand them. I'm all for authenticity, but this was read with a voice that was so heavily accented, I just couldn't follow the storyline.
It wasn't the story. I love Mr. Hosseini's writing, and I'm sure I'll read this book. But I couldn't follow it as it was narrated. If I were the editor, I would have used someone with a more American accent since the story is complicated, and it requires careful attention.
I feel badly giving Mr. Hosseini's work low marks because he is a tremendous writer. But if I have to struggle to understand what is being said, then it isn't entertaining, it's hard work.
I can't remember the last time a book gave me goose bumps. Hauntingly beautiful, mournfuly splendid.
The female speaker was terrible. I could no longer force myself to listen. I couldn't tell you if the story was any good because of the poor performance of the speakers.
Beautiful story. I am normally interested in non fiction but thought I would give this a try. I was not disappointed! Now I want to check out Kite Flyer.
there is not much else to say, narration can make or brake an audio book and here is an example.
I had a tough time with this book because the variety of timezones and the odd narrations left me having to rewind and wonder if I missed something. The main thing missing, other than the needed continuity in the story, is a plot...This was a story of a family over time, and the timezones jumped around to add to the confusion, and while the setting is unusual, and some of the components are troubling, it really lacked punch and I wound up disappointed.
It is no doubt that Khaled Hosseini is a masterful storyteller. This book was no exception. However, I had much more difficulty really getting into the story, fully immersed in the characters' experiences and feelings, than I did with his previous two books. I imagine that part of the issue was that I struggled with the accents of the three readers. Still, there were several times the individual experiences and atrocities the characters experienced and the hardships they faced made me feel physically ill with sadness. So the entire review of this book boils down to two things for me: 1) Love Khaled Hosseini? Then read this book. 2) Planning on reading this book? Read it. Pick up the print or digital copy and actually READ it, don't listen to it. Then, it's probably worth 4 stars or more.
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