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
When I listened to Kite Runner, it blew me away. A Thousand Splendid Suns was a big disappointment, this book is better but not even close to Hosseini's first book. It's a very heart wrenching story of a family torn apart leading the listener to anticipate some kind of triumphant reunion or redemption to tie everything together, but it ends with a lot of loose ends. The story jumps from character to character as frequently as it jumps narrators. I agree with the other reviewers that switching of narrators is very distracting. I loved listening to the author's voice and accent. I was hoping that at least, they would take turns, but after the first chapter, the rest of the book is read by the other narrators with very thick, hard to understand accents. Perhaps the book might have made a better impression on me if I had read it instead of listening to it.
Kite Runner. It was written by the same author and is a much better story.
Across the generations and across continents comes an epic story by the author of the Kite Runner.
Life love loss
3 narrators only could understand one due to the heavy accents. Very slurry speech. I literally had to strain to make out the words - I gave up on the two narrators.
I've read the authors other books and loved them. I can't believe such poor narrators were chosen because it ruined the experience and story for me.
The story got lost in my continuous effort to understand the readers.
Readers should not have foreign accents that make them difficult to understand
The book was good but I didn't get to enjoy it
Pass through full chapters just to not battle the reader
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
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