This book is a wonderful winding poignant story.its worth 2 credits!!! I loved it so much.Its still with me many days after reading it.
After the Kite Runner I was anxious to read another of Hosseini's books. I cannot begin to describe the pictures he paints with words or summing up in one or two sentences the feelings and depth of soul he gives to a character. I wish I could have written them down (I listen when I'm driving). One of the characters has Alzheimer's and he writes a note which is found after his death. It says something to the effect "I'm about the drown, and it's going to take a long time". Or the beautiful "goodnight" of a father to daughter where he circles his finger around her head to draw out the "bad dreams' and puts them in an invisible sack and then runs his finger around again to give her good dreams. These characters are real and become your friends who you care for, and cry and laugh with. Set in Afghanistan, and following the characters from 1940 to 2010 the background and the history of this beautiful country and the people are brought to life. The stories don't seem to have any relationship to each other but then the intertwining of the lives from Paris, Afghanistan, Greece, and San Francisco coalesce through the generations. The book is narrated by the Author and his Afghani accent only further brings the characters, and country to life.
I have loved this author's other books and was really looking forward to this one, but the story was often lost in the very poor performance. The female voice was fine, but the other two were not. Very disappointing.
Three words just won't do it. Mr. Hosseini is a true treasure and this book is the epitome of the expression "anything worth having is worth waiting for." The story has lingered with me so strongly that I haven't wanted to start another book -- and I am envious of people who haven't read it because they get to read it for the first time! The reason I gave the performance 4 stars instead of 5 is that the accent of one of the narrators made him somewhat difficult for me to understand until I was able to adapt to it, which I eventually did. Thank you, Mr. Hosseini.
The story was so strong that I was able to completely give myself over to it and allow it to carry me along.
The narrators facilitated a feeling of "cultural presence" that I would not have had if I had read the book.
I'm getting older - don't wait six years to publish your next book!
I didn't have any trouble with the accents and Im kind of surprised a lot of other people did. The story was good but there was too much jumping around between characters and between generations for me to keep up with. I have a hard time with any book that has a lot of characters. At the end when they focused only on the two main characters and only in one time frame I really started to get interested but then soon after it was the end.
I loved this book from beginning to end. The narration was perfect, except for one section where, for some reason, Navid Negahban’s accent seemed to get strong enough to be distracting. That said, I could not imagine listening to the book without these voices. Shohreh Aghdashloo’s musky tones are particularly mesmerizing and I was glad it ended with her.
The story—about family; about duty; about losses and loves that “echo” forever; about bonds broken, sometimes irrevocably and sometimes not—starts in the fifties and follows the characters until the present, except “follows” is the wrong word since this tale is not told chronologically. You are with one character, leave him or her to go visit another, rediscover that person again at another time and place and get glimpses of what has transpired while you were away. Back and forth until the story comes to a close about which I can’t really say much without spoiling it. Suffice it to say that Hosseini pulls a forgotten memento out of his pocket and makes the moment magical. You gasp, in awe.
The language is lyrical. The emotions are true and poignant. At one point, I was listening while driving and broke down in tears (pretty embarrassing since it was in broad daylight). At another, I felt compelled to stop reading and call my mother who lives in another state just to say hello in the middle of the day. Hosseini reminds you how easy it is to lose the thread that binds us. To take care.
I hope it doesn’t take him six years to write another gem.
This third novel will not disappoint you. The accents of narrators enhance the story and provide a rich reinforcement to the multiple points of view Housseini employs.
And the Mountains Echoed grabbed me from the start, and never let me go. Khaled's style of writing is superb; filled with profound insight, wisdom, and grace. Even as I am enjoying the tales, I can't help but also think of the man writing them, and how keenly observant he must be to the world around him. Fantastic book, and impressive author. I cannot recommend this enough! It's a bedtime story for grown-ups in the most delightful way!!!
This book is SO good it reminds me of how crappy most of the other books I listen to really are. I listen to many audiobooks. I have 4 active audible accounts. Most of the books I listen to are, at best, casual entertainment while I work. They are not great. This book IS GREAT. It is a treasure! It makes me sad because I know that soon this book will come to an end, and when it ends, I will be back searching through all the mediocre books again. Always searching, always hoping that I will find a book like this one. Books like this are as rare as can be. If ONLY there were more like this …
English Mystery Collector
After the power of Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns this book
left me cold. It just jumps around with little or no depth. In spots there
are glimmers of what this author is capable of but they don't last. After
the long wait this book was a waste of my time and suffering through it
has left me resentful.