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Annisa: Daughter of Afghanistan | [Kathleen MacArthur]

Annisa: Daughter of Afghanistan

Set internationally and spanning two decades, Annisa is an intricate portrait of a young Afghan girl's struggle to survive after the Soviet invasion in 1979. Her harrowing escape to America, and her fatal decision to return to her people in Afghanistan, evokes insight into a society torn apart by terrorism, drug smuggling, and bitter conflicts over the role of its women.
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Set internationally and spanning two decades, Annisa is an intricate portrait of a young Afghan girl's struggle to survive after the Soviet invasion in 1979. Her harrowing escape to America, and her fatal decision to return to her people in Afghanistan, evokes insight into a society torn apart by terrorism, drug smuggling, and bitter conflicts over the role of its women.

Her friendship with a Russian deserter and a volunteer American doctor dramatizes the different forces in her life. But it is her love for a captain in the Afghan army that drives her.

The story ends with the bitter events of 9/11, and the role Annisa's fundamentalist and Western-educated brother may have played in that tragedy.

©2004 Kathleen MacArthur (P)2014 Kathleen MacArthur

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    Dale 10-28-14
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    Would you try another book from Kathleen MacArthur and/or Darla Middlebrook?

    Stay away. If there is a prize for poor narration, then this book would win.


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    Shanti 08-14-14
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    "Fabulous listen!"

    The story was riveting! Definitely takes you into the lives of the Afghan people and the struggles they have endured. The story is well written. Character development is very good. You are easily drawn into the time line and personal lives of the characters. Its also a heart wrenching story, considering its theme, that's expected. The characters are fictional and written very realistically.The life's struggles of the people are based on truth. Very well done.
    The narration I felt was excellent. The many characters were easy to distinguish. The style of Darla Middlebrook gave each charter their own personality! She didn't just read the story, she brought it to life. She gave the characters that didn't speak good English, the sound of not being good at a second language, as would be expected. Old tired men,sounded exactly as such! Worn out fighters sounded worn out. Emotions, mental attitude,came through the voices of the characters. I don't want a narrator that just reads a story. I prefer a narrator that feels the story and Darla Middlebrook, in my opinion, did just that. I truly enjoyed the listen.
    This is my review via a promotion and I am glad I got to preview the listen!

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    M.-Ana 07-28-14
    M.-Ana 07-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Characters sound like opium users"
    Would you try another book from Kathleen MacArthur and/or Darla Middlebrook?

    Possibly from Kathleen MacArthur (although a bit more editing would be good), but not Darla Middlebrook.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathleen MacArthur before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first one...


    Would you be willing to try another one of Darla Middlebrook’s performances?

    No, I was really bothered by the reading. Ms. Middlebrook sounded fine when just reading, but when she changed her voice to differentiate the different characters it was very annoying: they all sounded as if they were drowsing in an opium den or had some strange speech problem. Not good at all!


    Did Annisa: Daughter of Afghanistan inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, write this review to warn other listeners of the strange reading...


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