This is an elegant story in which you can get lost. As it switches voices chapter to chapter, it takes a second to figure out who's talking (which is likely solved if you read the hard copy), but the story telling is exquisite.
Some chapters were great but mixing up narrators with different accents that struggled with the reading itself and making it feel forced was a bad choice. The book was great overall but the audio book could have been a lot better
I have read the reviews of others, and do not understand the comments about the reader. This reader gives authenticity and credibility to the setting. Those reviewers who can't understand that need to get out more. As far as the story, it was excellent. It did have a tendency to ramble a little and you have to pay close attention as it jumps around to the various characters. Overall a wonderful book wonderful story right up there with Kite Runner.
A multi-generational story of war, love, loss, identity, discovery, and finally, redemption. Sometimes good people do awful things and then have to live with the consequences. Hosseini's writing style is deeply human and his prose is skillful. Good performances.
Khaled Hosseini has a special talent for writing stories that ring horribly true, yet despite the subject matter that might seem too sad or immoral to bear, the beauty of his narrative and the wonderful building of each character produce something beautiful and satisfying. So it was with Kite Runner and in my opinion, even more so in And the Mountains Echoed.
Afghanistan is a country that calls up bleak images to my mind, but in this book the author manages to provide the reader with a different set of images and more vivid colors for this part of the world. This is a story of a family first torn apart and then mended to some extent. The end does not try to justify anything, but it does allow one some measure of hope.
I am positive that everyone will enjoy this book. It's appeal is universal.
a lovely read that transforms the reader into a world of agony, love, war, & reality. In this novel the author intricately reveals lives of todays, tomorrows, & yesterdays. It triggers the reader to review his own life, its present, past and future to be. I would have loved though for the author to have narrated it all as other performers made the listening so troublesome at points. the pace of narration kept changing from narrator to another which made the listening experience less enjoyable unfortunately.
A good book helps me get through a long run :)
I couldn't stop listening to The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns so I was eager to get started on this one. But I never really got pulled in by the story here. I like how we learn the outcomes of the initial story through different characters but it felt very disjointed to me. I was a little disappointed with this particular book, but think that Hosseini is a fantastic writer nonetheless.