I really liked Kite Runner, believed A Thousand Splendid Suns was heartbreaking but even better than Kite Runner, but And the Mountains Echoed is, I believe, the best of all three.
This is multiple stories interconnected by family members, friends, and acquaintences. While listening to the three different narrators, it made these stories more real and interesting. It takes a little getting used to the narrators' voices with accents. I considered purchasing the hardcover book to review for spellings of names and places. This is a book I can listen to over and over again.
I so believe this is a wonderful book and well worth reading or listening! Bravo!
Hosseini used a series of vignettes to tell his story as compared to a contiguous plot. His approach is different than previous novels, but absolutely effective. It allowed a quick but deep look at a number of characters and situations that are intertwined and impacted by each other. It is a story of choices, of responsibility and love, of self-sacrifice and self-centeredness, of isolation and connection. At the beginning of some chapters I had difficulty getting my bearings, but Hosseini quickly provided enough information for me to gain understanding. I was propelled through the stories in this book, and touched by how intertwined the characters were at the beginning and the end. A very good read.
This author takes you on a journey of the human mind, he uses the Middle East as his back drop. This time it is outsiders of the country as well as the insiders who are participants of this story. Of people who escape to Europe, of the bonds to the East. I love listening to this author, so well narrated. So much can be learned of lives of people who spend much time together, of times changing, of picking up the pieces. It is a book that, as the others, takes you away and immerses you from day to day life. Well worth the listen.
I would recommend to a friend with the suggestion to take notes while listening or reading. I think there are too many characters and different story lines to keep track of. I have enjoyed the previous two books by this author, but this book was too confusing.
Pronunciation of the names of the characters.
No, too many characters and no consistent story line.
The narrator's voice is engaging, well-modulated and entirely appropriate for each section of the book. In addition, his accent helps transport the listener to Afghanistan without being at all difficult to understand. Perhaps another narrator could do justice to Hosseini's work, but I doubt it could be done as well.
I always marvel at Hosseini's ability to create an engrossing narrative filled with such nuanced characters. His voice is sure and precise, and I end up living with the people of his books in my head long after the reading is done.
This is one of the poorest downloads I have listened to. The narrator was painful. I could not even get into the story for the poor narration. I loved Hosseini's last 2 books, but cannot recommend this one to anyone.
For me there just wasn't the basis for a good story here.
Both of his other books were wonderful and compelling. I couldn't wait for another by him. It felt to me like too much effort for so little.
Sometimes I had trouble understanding her English with the heavy accent
The book was a good view of Afghanistan and the people. While I appreciated the author reading the book it was hard to understand at some points.
appropriate, no surprise. Very sad.
top 10% The slow pace of telling may bug some, but it is the local way of telling a story setting the time and place and slowly developing the picture. I have been in country this is classical work.
I liked the kite book, and the 1000 suns were better, but all different enough.but I felt the first two more,and felt the writer was opening his own heart with the stories.
no savor it
This is a Doctor with great ease with language. His stories are not dressed up or slanted for pity. It is what it is. Like a photo of these times, no undue drama, but no hiding life. Everything he writes is excellent in any language. A rare writer in these times.
Not often can a book squeeze tears from my eyes, but this one did . . . TWICE!!! Though, after reading "The Kite Runner" I considered Khaled Hosseini an emerging favorite, this book solidified his position.
I cried . . . TWICE!