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
work of Art
structure of book, narration, poignancy of story
thought it wonderful; brought lump to my throat several times
be patient with the narration, let the accented English wash over you. this book would have had much less impact simply read in written form: it was so much more beautiful, musical, and authentic read in native Afghani accents. take note of characters' names as you meet them, no matter how inconsequential a character may seem at the time; they will probably reappear later and you will have to recall their story. it might be helpful to write down names as you meet people.
this book was an absolute treasure-and this from someone who adored Hosseini's first two novels. A Thousand Splendid Suns was one of my favorite books ever.
I partly enjoyed this listening experience because of the readers who gave the narrative an authentic sound. Having said that, it was also at times difficult to fully melt into the story because listening to it required attentive listening, lest I misunderstand the *thick* speech. Definitely listen to the sample to determine if you can handle it. My husband couldn't make it through three minutes.
The story itself was beautiful, with rich depth and a lovely balance between characters. Many of the characters were touched upon from the POV of that character for one segment of the book, and then that person might appear in another chapter from someone else's POV, and this spanned some 60+ years so sometimes we would see the same character as a child, an adult, and an old person. Brilliantly written.
After finishing the book, I was left a little melancholy... a few of the loose ends were tidied in an unsatisfactory way. I'm not sure I would call this uplifting. Also, I will add that this is heavily character-driven and not a lot "happens." Sometimes I would be so totally bored I had to switch to another novel for a while. But when I came back to this one, I enjoyed it again and dove into it. I've read character novels with better pacing and I think this could have benefited from a better edit through some of the slower parts... having said that, I still recommend it. Good history, great descriptions of many landscapes and cultures in different parts of the world, excellent capturing of numerous characters.
It was the most challenging to follow - a lot of characters and story lines going on. This is not a book to do housework to - better for a car ride or somewhere where you can really listen and follow.
Not sure. It's different than The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns in terms of structure and flow, but Hosseini's gift for painting a beautiful, rich detailed character and picture remains.
You get different voices with this one - different narrators. Obviously brings it to life a little more. Not sure I loved all the voices.
That actually is a perfect name - wouldn't change it.
Beautiful book. Some unresolved areas for me because so many characters were introduced.
Afghanistan--the last place I would expect to provide the most enduring, complex plots and characters in recent fiction. Nevertheless, Hosseini draws the reader immediately into this land of contrasts and traditions, and it is easy to want the novel to go on for many hours more. When one puts down a Hosseini novel, its characters live on inside one's mind for many days. I can't help but wonder if the author is producing the subject matter for many literature students to come.
I felt there were too many short stories all within the big story. If it had not been for the excellent story telling capability of Khaled Hosseini, this book would have been a complete flop. As it is, it was like starting a new book every few chapters. I like to get into a book and the characters. This one kind of danced around the room.
Nurse. Yarn snob. Bookworm. Cat lover. Color enthusiast. Fabric collector. Gardener
I loved how the story spanned generations and linked characters across time. I also really enjoyed the incorporation of local Afghan folklore - fable-like stories that paralleled the characters' own lives.
I would. Initially, I had trouble with Shohreh's and Navid's accents as they affect the way I heard certain words. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this narration for listeners who have hearing difficulties.
Another stunning novel from Khaled Hosseini that takes the reader on a long and winding journey over decades, across landscapes, and in and out of the lives of extraordinary individuals.
I have really loved all of his books and audiobooks but I really couldn't get into the narration for this one.
Have someone else read it.
Hard to understand.
One of the better performed audiobooks I've listened to! It was so special having the author narrate a large part of the book and the additional performers were incredible. I enjoyed the differing accents, which reflected each character, and made the characters come alive.
If you loved the Kite Runner and 1,000 Splendid Suns, this is a must!
I liked his prior books. This one is not his best, so I would only recommend it to people who are familiar with his work. I found the narration very distracting and, unlike most audiobooks, this one was easy to put down. I am struggling to finish it. I think this book probably is better in print.
Not sure, but a stronger, deeper voice.
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