In 1952, a poor Afghan villager makes the heart-wrenching decision to sell his young daughter to a childless upper-class couple in Kabul, setting off ripples that will affect both families for almost 60 years. Author Hosseini and Iranian-born actors Navid Negahban and Shohreh Aghdashloo alternately narrate this novel, which switches among characters in its point of view. Aghdashloo reads the chapters written from a female perspective. All three performances are emotionally strong and expressive, although they lack some polish. However, the easy-to-understand accents, correct pronunciations, and good characterizations keep listeners fully grounded in this story of family and hidden truths. Because the chapters are not chronological, inattentive listeners may be momentarily confused, but the solid readings and beautifully crafted text quickly cue them to time and place. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2013]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2013
CD ISBN 9781611761801 $39.95 Ten CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2013
CS ISBN 978-1-4703-6722-0 $123.75 Twelve cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4703-6145-7 $123.75 Twelve CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4703-6604-9 $64.75 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4703-6146-4 $109.00
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