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And the Mountains Echoed | [Khaled Hosseini]

And the Mountains Echoed

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.
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Editors Select, May 2013 - When it’s been six years since a best-selling author’s last book, there is a heightened sense of anticipation and high expectations surrounding that next new release. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini is the perfect example of this, and does not disappoint. An expansive family saga, both modern and mythic, the story begins in a small Afghan town in the 1950s and follows one family through time and across the globe to France, California, and Greece. While there is a broad sweeping sense of the effect of one generation on the next, it’s the personal relationships between siblings that I found the most memorable; in particular how Abdullah, a 10-year-old boy, becomes the caretaker to his three-year-old sister, Pari, and does so with love, skill, and absolutely no hesitation or resentment. Their forced separation is the catalyst that creates the conflict and momentum that propels the story beyond Afghanistan and into the larger world. I look forward to the audio (including the author’s narration) and then to Hosseini’s next book, regardless of when that may be. —Tricia, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

On May 21, 2013, the new novel from Khaled Hosseini: an unforgettable story about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

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. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each passing minute.

©2013 Khaled Hosseini (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-24-13
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Does the End Justify the Means"

    Hosseini writes and narrates an amazing and morally complex novel, hooking you from the start. A dark fairytale sets the scene for the many stories to come. The reader is once again in Afghanistan, but the trip feels completely different from "The Kite Runner" which was a unlike "A Thousand Splendid Suns". You also travel to other destinations and times as the seemingly disparate stories tie together.

    What astounds me about this novel is how complex, thoughtful, and new are the scenarios and characters. While many authors churn out the same books year after year because the market supports this (i.e. Sparks or Piccoult), Hosseini took his time to create thought-provoking characters grappling with insurmountable odds.

    In the beginning, a father faces a devastating loss and must choose the right path for his children. A choice he'll remember and possibly regret for the rest of his days. The overall theme is of making difficult decisions and living with the consequences. It begs the question, "does the end justify the means"? I won't give more details as not to spoil the experience. I found this novel rich, thought-provoking, haunting, and powerful.

    116 of 122 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Rice, VA, United States 09-07-13
    Joan Rice, VA, United States 09-07-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The narrations added to the story's authenticity"

    Another beautiful story by Khaled Hosseini. Like his other books, it is filled with sadness, hope and the importance of family. Unlike other readers who did not care for the narrations, they added so very much to the story. All the voices were understandable to me and made the story come alive. This is a story that spans generations and how the endless wars in Afghanistan have resulted in many levels of futility.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michel Pfaffhausen, Switzerland 11-28-13
    Michel Pfaffhausen, Switzerland 11-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "definitly worth reading"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    dramatic, well written


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And the Mountains Echoed?

    the fairy tale at the very beginning of the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, the book offers a lot of material to think about because of it's topics that affect every one of us, that is why I would say you actually should take some time for it.


    Any additional comments?

    Dont read the book if you re just looking for entertainment. This book contains a lot of tragedy and is not too easy to digest.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JuliaRose NY 12-07-13
    JuliaRose NY 12-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Juliarose

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    "DON'T LISTEN TO OTHER REVIEWS ON NARRATION!!"

    So many reviews are commenting on the narration and their dislike for the accent. To say the narrator sounds like he "has a mouthful of marbles" is offensive. It's an accent not a speech impediment.
    Personally I found the narration to add to the story. If you loved The Life of Pi you will enjoy this narration. Listening to an audiobook that deals with different cultures, I expect to hear those different cultures. This book would not have had the same inpact on me if it were spoken in an american accent.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian Caldwell Manchaca, TX USA 08-17-13
    Vivian Caldwell Manchaca, TX USA 08-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Story (But Get it in Print)"

    I loved this story, but for much of the time I was struggling to understand two of the narrators. There is no reason that I can think of that multiple narrators were even needed. It added nothing to the story. In fact, the difficulty that I had in understanding the heavily accented English often detracted from the story. Get this one in print and enjoy (and understand) every word.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    James Seattle, WA, United States 07-24-13
    James Seattle, WA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I had a hard time with heavy accent of Narrator"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    I love audiobooks and I love this author. I loved Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found the heavy accent of the narrator to be hard to listen to and follow. I will need to actually read this book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have a hard time with heavy accents you might consider actually reading this book. I had to listen so intently I couldn't relax and enjoy the story. I tried three times and finally just gave up. You might consider listening to a sample of this book before you buy the audio book.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Brownstown, Michigan, United States 08-15-13
    Alan Brownstown, Michigan, United States 08-15-13
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    "A wonderful Book - Poor performance"

    This is a very good book by Khaled Hosseini but unfortunately the audible presentation is spoiled by the narrators Navid Negahban & Shohreh Aghdashloo who have a very heavy accent that makes it really difficult to follow what they are saying. I would recommend skipping the audible book and reading it. Mr. Hosseini should have read the whole book like he did his first two.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Nashville, IN, United States 08-17-13
    Victoria Nashville, IN, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration (except for the brief sections read by the author) really detracted from the story. Because of the strong accents, I found myself trying to concentrate on the words themselves and at times I had to go back and listen a second time to the sense of the story. Hosseini's beautiful prose was frequently lost in the harsh tones of the narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always enjoyed Hosseini's previous books. This one would definitely be better in a non-audio version. He has tried to present a good overview of his native country and how the conflicts of many decades have affected the culture & the people. It is a complicated society.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-29-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-29-14

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "THE POMPOSITY OF THE PLACE"

    A MAN CAN NOT WORK IF HE IS THIRSTY
    Chapter one is a fable and it is good.
    Chapter two is not good and read by a guy who sounds like he has a swollen tongue.
    Chapter three is fairly interesting about twin sisters, one is beautiful and one is ugly. Hosseini often has people in his stores who are not pretty. In other words, real people. This is read by a heavy accented woman, but her tongue is not swollen.
    Chapter four is a very long boring story. (couple of hours long) The only thing interesting about it is that it is a different culture and the gay issue. If this had been written about the same guy in the United States it would have not been worth publishing. I like my neighbors, but their lives are not worth reading about anymore then my life is.
    Chapter five is read by Mush Mouth and I called it quits.

    I loved The Kite Runner and A thousand Splendid Suns. This is written well like they are, but the story is not interesting.

    Why the producers of audio books have not figured out how important the narrator is to the story I have not figured out. A lot of sales well be lost, because the producers could not figure out the effect of Mush Mouth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 08-19-13
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 08-19-13 Member Since 2005

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Ruined by narrators"

    I was so looking forward to this book. I loved both Hosseini's previous books. He was his own narrator on the Kite Runner and did a really good job, but this book was totally ruined by the readers. It doesn't happen often, but once in a while I have to admit to preferring reading over listening and this is one of those times. Sorry folks, can't agree on the high ratings on this one.
    I'm sure once I let a little time pass, purchase the actual book and read it, my review on Amazon will be much different.
    Hosseini only narrates one of the chapters, the rest are read by a man who sounds like he has marbles in his mouth and an accent too strong to be narrating and a woman with a raspy monotone voice.

    23 of 30 people found this review helpful
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