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
The book begins with a compelling, provocative story, but then takes many twists and turns and brings the reader new stories that are also interesting, but not as interesting as the initial story. I found myself becoming frustrated with the other stories, just wanting to get back to Pari and Abdullah, or becoming annoyed that the other stories weren't given more attention; the book has a number of wonderful stories that could each have made fantastic full-length books, but compiled together felt that the different story lines were shortchanged, and as a reader I felt lost.
I also really did not care for Navid Negahban as a narrator; his voice was somnorific and hard to understand. He was exhausting to listen to. I wound up purchasing the book just so I could read his sections. Khaled Hosseini was a great narrator, and I wish he had done more.
I have loved Khaled Hosseini's other books, so I had such high hopes for this one. It is therefore a shock that this one is just not as good.
It was very disjointed, The story jumps around both with the characters and timeline. Half the time I had to go back and reread chapters to fiqure out who the characters were and what year it was. I should have read the book review before I bought it to listen to.
Performance was good
I don't think an editor could fix it
In all seriousness read the book if you want but do a paper version.
Yes. This book was more about family relationships, choices, and commitment than a 'page turning' historical fiction novel. The story itself is nicely woven together and, as good writers do, puts meaningful words to describe complex feelings and behaviors that provided perspective for me personally.
The different family characters and how they moved into each others life
All of them~ It is too hard to pick just one~
Very good narration and I like having all three in one audio book, especially the author
The father and his love for his sister
I shall read this again as I truly love the author and his other two, books, THE KITE RUNNER is one of my very all time favorites. The author makes you think how we are so blessed to live in America and have all the things we enjoy so freely.
Absolutely!! A complex and moving tale rich in detail and beauty.
The depth of each character and the seamless way the story unfolds through each individual story.
They were all wonderful.
This has quite possibly become my favorite fiction work ever.
An excellent story...well written and uniquely narrated. It is like a "view into the soul" in a very unique way.
Good Story Hard listen
Didn't get that far in the book - gave up due to the poor narration.
I don't know why Hosseini felt the need to create an unnatural and slurred way of speaking as he read his story. His own voice or another's narration would have been much preferred. I have decided not to continue with the Audible listening and instead find a copy of the book to read. Very disappointing. I had the same problem with Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver's book ,where she read her own story - sometimes having the author read their works is just not a good idea. I wish Audible would pay more attention to this matter.
I wish I could get a refund on this purchase
Maybe, but someone I trusted would have to promise that it was good.
Too many narrators, two confusing a plot line, too hard to listen to in 30 minute increments on my commute. Couldn't keep track of people, what year it was, who was old or young, what was a flashback. Agh.
One narrator with less emphasis on a proper accent. The accents were a lovely addition to the setting for the story, but were hard to understand when giving first names or the names of places. If I can't keep the names of the characters straight, then I can't pay attention or get involved in the story.
2:39:24. That's how far I made it into Part 1 before giving up in exasperation. I liked Hosseini's first book, and was lukewarm on his second one, but my book club picked this for July so I thought I'd give it a try. I just couldn't keep the characters straight, the setting or the time, and eventually I just couldn't anymore.
The story was great, but the readers were not clear english speaking readers. Therefore, I couldn't understand what they were reading most of the time.
The ending wasn't as suspenseful as I wanted it to be, but it was a sad and sweet ending.
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The author and several other readers helped convey this story in a most compelling voice. Men and boys by the men readers, girls and women by the female. Because the author is himself Afghani, his authentic accent and speech helped ground the text. I don't think I would have been so affected by it, had I read it instead of listening to it.
Because the story was told from multiple points of view in progressive time periods, conditions of love and separation and the decisions made for us by parents are highlighted in an unforgettable way. Although other books have used multiple points of view of several characters, this book is unusually effective.
Through the device of always writing in the first person, the narrators afford us voiced glimpses of the interior thoughts and memories of many different characters.
I enjoyed listening in separate episodes. Wanting to make it last, I did not want to read it all in one sitting. I wanted to savor the thoughts of the different characters.
I loved this book more and more, though it left me very sad for some characters and nostalgic in my own life.
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