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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I love Khaled Hosseini. He was my doctor before his career as a writer began and he was a compassionate doctor with superior skills. As a writer, I have been absolutely blown away by his three books. I love this latest one but the narration made it hard for me to follow the characters and keep track of who was who. Typically a narrator will change the pitch of their voice when new characters are introduced but that was not done well here. I listen during my hour commute back and forth to work and I needed some distinctions to separate the characters. But, it's a rich, thought provoking story. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Don't miss the book because of the narration. The audio book was a good foundation and now the book will help me bring the characters to life.
Hosseini's books keep me engaged from start to finish. What I liked about this one was how the characters were intertwined and different generations were represented. What I also like about Hosseini's books is that we are reminded that there are not many differences between people despite the country and culture. That is what I try to remember as I hear all the news stories that concentrate on the negative. Travel has afforded me that viewpoint and books reinforce that when I get to go to another country via the written word.
Just changes in pitch to distinguish the characters.
That's a hard one. There is quite an array of interesting characters. I'd have a dinner party at my house and invite them all.
Keep writing please. I'll await the next. From your favorite patient (now in San Diego). ;-)
I have liked both "Kite Runner" and "Thousand Splendid Suns". This was a different take on life of Afgans esp who have left the country.
First I thought that accent made it sound authentic but then when it was hard to understand some parts and had to listen hard, I wished it was something easier to comprehend without so much effort. The accent in chapter 4 was easiest to understand. There was no need to have that much Afgan accent when narrating events in France.I hope author decides on more western ear friendly narration for next book.
Neela, She was victim of narrow minded society. But she herself is also heartless in places like buying Pari, leaving Suleman after the stroke.
I don't usually write reviews but I felt it necessary to address what I considered were a lot of negative reviews about this book. I loved this book but I had to come back to it a couple of times before I could get all the way through it. I don't know if it was the story or the narration but I do recall feeling the same way about Hosseini's previous books--it seems to me I did not make it through either of those without leaving them for awhile and returning at a later date.
This book even more than the others is an important work of fiction and I cannot stress enough that if you are a listener who has given up on this book, you need to come back to it and finish it. The ending is mind-blowing. I listen to books while I am delivering mail and at the end of this one, I was driving down the street with tears streaming down my face. I hesitate to go so far as to say the ending of this book will change your life...but it could.
It was read by people with a mid- eastern accent.
Feeling and Emotion
When Khaled started writing this book he wasn't sure where he was going. he brought it to a beautiful ending.
Just as good as The Kite Runner and better than Thousand Splendid Suns! Wonderful, sad, moving, epic. I think the narrators were excellent and I had no trouble understanding them.
Say something about yourself!
This was a little hard to follow at first because of the accents. After a bit it did become easier and I liked the story. It was sad, and it did portray things in what I imagine to be a realistic way. But this is not a feel good story.
Unfortunately not. This is one of the rare audio books in which I had to interrupt the audio several times when one of the male narrators ( not Khaled Hosseini ) was on and refer to the book. I ended up finishing the book from the print edition.
I do not mind narrators with accents at all, I actually prefer that if the story calls for it but in this case one of the male narrators had a very heavy accent.
If there were more than five stars , I would have given it to this book. It is even better than his last two books, the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 previous Hosseini books so I was going to listen to this one no doubt. But yes I'd say a waste of time because it was not what I was expecting. Unlike the other books -- which were well-constructed novel length stories -- this one has a different character for each character whose "story" is told. The characters have some connection to each other -- but in a listening situation it was hard to follow. And most of the stories had not the wealth of even a normal short story -- more about developing a character just in time for their chapter to be over.
No -- I like a rich complicated story. These were fragments.
This book had 3 narrators -- I had heard Mr. Hosseini narrate the other 2 books and I had heard Ms. Aghdashloo narrate another book. Their narration here was as good as I have heard them before. Unlike other reviewers I had no problem understanding any of the narrators.
Well they would throw out half the characters in writing the screenplay and tease out a narrative of interest. It might be ok.
I am a voracious audiobook listener. I listen to everything: fiction, business, technology, politics...I need an interesting story, intriguing characters, and a fast pace to keep me interested.
The story of several families, over decades, told by various members points of view.
I liked how an ancillary character introduced in one chapter would become a narrator in subsequent chapters. I liked figuring out who was talking, their age, location and circumstances.
In "Kite Runner" Dr. Hosseini managed to interest me in a story of his homeland. In "A Thousand Splendid Suns," he impressed me with his ability to write convincing female characters. In this novel I RELISHED the variety of narrator voices, the intricacy of the story, and the profiles of humanity.
Deep emotion, well-crafted story, triumph of the spirit
Abdullah never stopped loving his sister. His anguish and devotion. The sadness of their parting and the intertwining lives give me pause. I wished for it to turn out differently -- and I knew it could end no other way.
Three narratorsThe woman demonstrates the pathos in her female characters, especially the ugly twin. She was not a likeable character, but I found myself empathizing with her anyway.Both men reflect their narration sections well. The flavor of the characters and the places come through beautifully.
Each person sought to overcome a great loss. Each showed a resilience and brokenness that caught my heart. Even the ancillary characters seem vivid, broken, resilient, poetic and epic. In the end, only Abdullah, his daughter, and the plastic surgeon do not betray those they love. And Fari, the lost sister, atones for the betrayal of her adopted mother, and learns to love.
This amazing author has taught me three times to grieve for a land that is filled with so many conflicting traits -- a capacity for cruelty, a capacity for intense affection, resiliency in the face of impossible, unspeakable situations, and above all, a capacity for story.I once knew some people who lived in Afghanistan before all of the combat. They spoke of people with an ability to enjoy life, beauty in many ways, and the capacity for poetry and story.
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