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Peter

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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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    (2516)
    Performance
    (2223)
    Story
    (2215)

    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"
    "Great story, horrible narration!"
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    I listened to, and very much enjoyed, the author's first two books, which he also narrated. So when I saw he was also narrating this latest offering, I downloaded it with great anticipation. After only a couple hours of listing, I had to turn it off, as the narration was of such poor quality. I struggled to understand the additional performers, so much so I was unable to engage in the story. I understand including these others narrators is supposed to give a greater sense of "authenticity" to the story, but their performances are distracting and at times barely understandable.

    I know I'd love this story, but I am unwilling to continue the struggle to understand. As an avid audiobook listener, I fully understand it not only takes an engaging story, but skilled narration to make a performance "work". Sadly, I will be unable to finish this book, and recommend you download with caution.

    Warning - the "sample" narration included by Audible is of the author, who only does portions of the book, and is not indicative of the other male and female narrators - the ones I, and it appears many others, struggle with.

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