Apparently a lot of listeners had trouble with reader. There are several people reading on this CD, I did not find any of them a problem to listen to. The story is compelling and touching. I found myself in tears at times. I thought it was beautifully done.
I didn't connect with the reader, so didn't finish it.
would be helpful to prepare a family tree to show the connections between characters - confusing who is who
I am still in the process of listening to this book but am having a hard time understanding the accents. I will have to get the book and read it to really get the grasp of the story. Very sad about this as I really enjoyed his other books on cd and did not have such a hard time.
This comment is just on the audio:
There's a reason why authors are generally NOT the readers for their audio books. Why Hosseini thinks he's a good reader for this one, I don't know. My guess is that it has more to do with ego, less of budget.
An Afghan accent from a professional reader for the parts about Afghan characters might be nice, but Hosseini is not a professional, and among other things, he mispronounces 'hills" so it sounds like 'heels' and 'saddled' so it sounds like 'settled'. So you think you hear one word and it's only by context a few words later, you realize, "Oh, I guess he meant that other word." Doesn't make for pleasant listening.
Finally, there's no attraction to having a heavy Afghan accent if the POV character in question is supposed to be Greek!
Hossein is a wonderful storyteller, and the different characters used to tell the odessey of a brother and sister demonstrates his mastery of point of view. He provides rich detail of the many locales around the world in which the story moves.
The audio version is flawed because the accents of the readers are so strong. I hope to read the book soon to get the whole story. Every other word was lost.
Beautifully written stories woven together over generations of war-torn Afghanistan, poverty so deep that a peasant father sold a 3 yr old daughter to a wealthy childless couple in Kabul. The lives of those involved gradually unfold as the the author follows each life, a bit at a time: the girl herself, the couple who buy her - the selfish stepmother who left her rich husband after he had a stroke, the man who had the stroke, the servant/cook/driver who was actually the uncle of the girl, (and was the one who had arranged the sale)and who stayed with the rich man, taking care of him, untii his death decades later, and who inherited the house and let an American plastic surgeon have the house because the doctor was helping children with war injuries in his country, the doctor's story of his sister's facial wound from a dog bite, the daughter of the sold girl, the brother pf the sold girl, the sold girl's mother who had caused the paralysis of her beautiful sister and how she had to take care of her after injuring her, the uncle left the village because he couldn't take care of the injured sister, but he took care of the rich man who was paralyzed after the stroke. The stories are mesmerizing. ending up with the girl who is now an older woman living in Paris, coming to America and meeting her Alzheimer-stricken brother in an apartment in California, through the arrangement of her niece, who had been named after her, and was the one who found her.
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