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
I have read Kite Runner and A Thousand Suns twice now, and have no doubt that I will come back to this listen to this book again.
It was a finally woven tale of how one decision made with good intentions leads to unrealized consequences that spans generations and countries. It's a tale of love, betrayal, loss, suffering, longing, secrets and how we can be connected to strangers in ways we never imagined. I also loved the historical context that Hosseini provides on the history of Afghanistan and its people and evolution of their culture.
Being able to listen to the narrators tell the story in their ethnic dialect was a whole new experience and extremely enjoyable! I am a Persian-American and to listen to the narrators tell the tale with accurate pronunciation was a fabulous experience, it made me feel as though I was experiencing the story first person.
A finally woven tale of how one decision made with good intentions leads to unrealized consequences that spans generations, connecting strangers in ways they never imagined.
Great book, great narration. I would highly recommend this audible book as a first time experience to those new to Audible!
I think I would have really enjoyed this story if it had been a movie. I've read his two previous books and loved them. This one had so many characters with names that were difficult for me to keep straight.
Yes, in general he does.
So far I've loved all of Khaled Hosseini's books. Listening to his stories of life in Afghanistan make you appreciate how really good we have it here in the U.S. I really liked how he mingled those stories with stories of how people change and adapt to life in the West. I also really enjoyed the narration. A few words were hard to understand, but overall I felt the different voices and accents helped tell the stories better. You really felt connected to the tales.
I really liked the tale of the doctor and what happened when he went back home to the U.S. I think for most people, this would hit home.
I would listen to this again because it was a delightful story with many well defined characters to love and hate. Khaled weaves many characters and POV's in this diverse story line.
My favorite characters were Pari and Abdullah brother and sister that were almost physically entwined with a strong sibling bond. My other favorite was the Uncle Nabee.
Too many great scenes to pick from. The book keeps you engaged at all times.
It had some shocking secrets and events that make you cry and smile. Most of all the story keeps your interest to the very end.
The red wagon
I like that Afghani narrators including the author were used. They narrated at a measured pace. Without good equipment some English words and many French words might be tough to untangle. I didn't mind. I can't imagine trying to sound out place names, character names and other Middle Eastern words in print.
This book will lead you through some dark and bright places. It evokes strong emotions.
Love strong female characters, like twists and unpredictable story line. Love it steamy. Recent favorites; Game of Thrones, Divergent...
Not as good as Kite Runner or Land of Thousand Suns. Unlike the first two books, did not get the feeling of being there, the vivid visuals.
Found myself not able to listen in a relaxing mood but had to listen intensely to understand what narrator was saying. Another good book by Khaled Hosseini but unfortunately the audible presentation is spoiled by the narrators Navid Negahban & Shohreh Aghdashloo who have a very heavy accent that makes it really difficult to follow what they are saying. Mr. Hosseini should have read the whole book like he did his first two.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I couldn't figure out how the book was going flow--until after the first two hours. But then I couldn't stop listening to it. Granted, parts of it were more enthralling than others, but, overall, I really enjoyed listening to the book and found the audible format very enjoyable.
Hosseini does a great job teaching the reader about Afghanistan's history and especially, how the country's history has affected people differently. In the book, we see common parts of the same story relived through the eyes of many different characters. The lives of each of the characters intersects in a brilliant and not contrived way.
I loved hearing Nabi's story. When the author introduces Nabi, he can hardly be seen as a sympathetic character. However, seeing Nabi's full life unfold and Nabi mature throughout brings out the story of a very complex, but yet thoughtful, character.
The relationship between Nabi and Suleman moved me greatly. The two had a special relationship wherein they both gave each other everything they could in a way that they could continue to co-exist. Their love for each other touched me more than more traditional love stories.
Clearly, Hosseini is a brilliant storyteller. And he tells his stories against the background of a country--Afghanistan--in which few write about or personally know. While I really enjoyed this book, I can't say it was my favorite of Hosseini's. However, I view this book as one of the best books ever written and the audible version is extremely well done. Even one who doesn't normally listen or like audiobooks won't regret listening to this one.
I don't know. I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns, both the story and the narration of it. And it could be that the story in this book is just as intriguing, but I cannot get past the horrible narration to even follow the story line.
I am very interested in learning about that part of the world and its history.
I have to speed up the female narrator's voice...it drags so much. Like nails on a chalkboard. One of the male narrators does a good job, but the other one is also very difficult to listen too. I don't know which of the male narrators is which though to say who it is.
I am hoping that the book itself is as excellent as his prior two books - I just loved reading them. Its just the audio version is so hard to listen to.
I have listened to many audio books, some are excellent, some are just okay. This is really not okay.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
I read A Thousand Splendid Suns and expected another excellent story like that one. It is pretty good, but I wouldn't have read A Thousand Splendid Suns if I'd read this one first. There were too many people in this story that they just seemed to be all over the place. Even when the connection was made, I still felt something had been lost in the telling of what should have been a good generational story.
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