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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2167)
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    (1926)
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    (1911)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Huh?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you have a great ear for dialect and foreign voices, I'm sure the story is wonderful.


    If you’ve listened to books by Khaled Hosseini before, how does this one compare?

    I loved the Kite Runner, but this book is narrated by Mr. Hosseini and a few others and I found it nearly impossible to understand. I was listening in my car, which has a great sound system, but I couldn't make out the words and so I gave up in the second chapter.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    I couldn't understand them. I'm all for authenticity, but this was read with a voice that was so heavily accented, I just couldn't follow the storyline.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from And the Mountains Echoed?

    It wasn't the story. I love Mr. Hosseini's writing, and I'm sure I'll read this book. But I couldn't follow it as it was narrated. If I were the editor, I would have used someone with a more American accent since the story is complicated, and it requires careful attention.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel badly giving Mr. Hosseini's work low marks because he is a tremendous writer. But if I have to struggle to understand what is being said, then it isn't entertaining, it's hard work.

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