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 globefrom Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinosthe story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each passing minute.
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A touching story beautifully told. Life in this Afghan village was not easy in the early 1950s when the story begins. Mothers die in childbirth. Babies die of cold because their fathers cannot keep food on the table and fuel in the fireplace. Families sell their young children for money to keep the rest of the family alive.
The story at the center of this complex novel is that of a brother and sister: she sold at age 3 to a wealthy childless artist in Kabul; he remaining with his father and the hard life in the village; and a lifetime of planning to reunite with his little sister. Branching off these two characters and their story are many characters and story lines set in divers countries and cities over 60 years. It's not a light read; there's a lot of real life in it. Lit freaks, prepare to be engrossed.
I have listened to A Thousand Splendid Suns and it was great. The Problem with And The Mountains Echoed, is that the 2nd narrator that comes on is so hard to understand. He reads incredibly slow and with a very thick accent. So difficult to follow...and if you speed up his read in the Audible App (even just 1.5), then you can't make out 50% of the words. Frustrating
I loved all of Mr. Hosseini books but this is my least favourite. I think there were too many characters. Loved the readers, they did it beautifully but I often felt the urge to offer them a glass of water, which was distracting.
I love to read!!!! Especially when I am driving.. I listen to my books almost everyday.
No. The accents are too thick.
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Accent was not appealing.
Me and my friend from work was reading the book and I had to stop because the accents were too thick. I could not understand the story. Would not buy again.
I have read Kite Runner and A Thousand Suns twice now, and have no doubt that I will come back to this listen to this book again.
It was a finally woven tale of how one decision made with good intentions leads to unrealized consequences that spans generations and countries. It's a tale of love, betrayal, loss, suffering, longing, secrets and how we can be connected to strangers in ways we never imagined. I also loved the historical context that Hosseini provides on the history of Afghanistan and its people and evolution of their culture.
Being able to listen to the narrators tell the story in their ethnic dialect was a whole new experience and extremely enjoyable! I am a Persian-American and to listen to the narrators tell the tale with accurate pronunciation was a fabulous experience, it made me feel as though I was experiencing the story first person.
A finally woven tale of how one decision made with good intentions leads to unrealized consequences that spans generations, connecting strangers in ways they never imagined.
Great book, great narration. I would highly recommend this audible book as a first time experience to those new to Audible!
I think I would have really enjoyed this story if it had been a movie. I've read his two previous books and loved them. This one had so many characters with names that were difficult for me to keep straight.
Yes, in general he does.
So far I've loved all of Khaled Hosseini's books. Listening to his stories of life in Afghanistan make you appreciate how really good we have it here in the U.S. I really liked how he mingled those stories with stories of how people change and adapt to life in the West. I also really enjoyed the narration. A few words were hard to understand, but overall I felt the different voices and accents helped tell the stories better. You really felt connected to the tales.
I really liked the tale of the doctor and what happened when he went back home to the U.S. I think for most people, this would hit home.
I would listen to this again because it was a delightful story with many well defined characters to love and hate. Khaled weaves many characters and POV's in this diverse story line.
My favorite characters were Pari and Abdullah brother and sister that were almost physically entwined with a strong sibling bond. My other favorite was the Uncle Nabee.
Too many great scenes to pick from. The book keeps you engaged at all times.
It had some shocking secrets and events that make you cry and smile. Most of all the story keeps your interest to the very end.
The red wagon
I like that Afghani narrators including the author were used. They narrated at a measured pace. Without good equipment some English words and many French words might be tough to untangle. I didn't mind. I can't imagine trying to sound out place names, character names and other Middle Eastern words in print.
This book will lead you through some dark and bright places. It evokes strong emotions.
Love strong female characters, like twists and unpredictable story line. Love it steamy. Recent favorites; Game of Thrones, Divergent...
Not as good as Kite Runner or Land of Thousand Suns. Unlike the first two books, did not get the feeling of being there, the vivid visuals.
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