Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Posted September 21, 2021 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fiction, Historical, Literary, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled HosseiniA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Narrator: Atossa Leoni
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 05-02-07
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Literary
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Scribd
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Overal Rating: four-half-stars

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years - from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding - that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives - the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness - are inextricable from the history playing out around them.
Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love - a stunning accomplishment.--front flap

I decided to listen to this book due to all the recent events that are happening in Afghanistan. Historical Fiction is an excellent way to get to discover history, and I needed a review, while I also wanted a way to know the country from inside. The events and characters in this book are fictitious but they resemble reality close enough to make this book an unforgettable experience.

I am not sure that I should say that I enjoyed this book. I found it inspiring, intriguing, and compelling, but some parts were quite hard due to violence, abuse, or just mention of crude facts. I just can’t believe the atrocities Afghan women have to suffer just for being born in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s, nevertheless, a book that I would recommend to anyone curious about Afghanistan and its traditions. I found it interesting, engaging, and very well written. Both women’s stories are worth a read, but stay away if violence and desperation are not topics you want to read about.

Atossa Leoni’s narration was very pleasant to the ear. She has a very soft tone of voice, and her characters’ interpretations were good. The only setback I can mention is that all voices sounded similar, no matter whether male or female, which made some dialogs difficult to follow.

Story (Plot)
Overall: four-half-stars