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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this to anyone looking to be inspired by the human spirit, young or old.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Abbas is the star of the novel, he is clever, fearless, honest and kind. I just wish it could've had more of a fairy tale ending for his sake, however life's endings are rarely tied up neatly with a bow.
What does Abbas Kazerooni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
By listening to the author himself narrate the book, Abbas brought a level of authenticity to the story that would have been missing if it were read by anyone else. I felt as though he were reliving the story again as he read it aloud.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Abbas was beaten in the alley, I felt enraged for his vulnerability. After all his triumphs and self preservation tactics, he was still just a child in a foreign city, alone and at risk with no where to turn for familiar comfort.
Any additional comments?
If you're in doubt, don't hesitate, listen to this book, it will stay with you long after you finish. Our culture often underestimates children, Abbas' story will remind you that when you expect great things from a child, they are often more than capable of exceeding expectations.
A poignant story of a young boy's struggle to survive without his parent's. It is extremely well narrated by the author. The listener is placed into the author's shoes empathizing with him every step of the way.
I purchased the book and am looking forward to reading the sequel to this one.