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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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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Susan Needham, MA, United States 10-18-13
    Susan Needham, MA, United States 10-18-13
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    "Long"
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    Not sure why he had to include so many story lines. It got to be too much for me and I couldn't wait for it to end. I still enjoyed it overall but it could have been 200 pages shorter in my opinion...

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    Stella Pac NW 10-17-13
    Stella Pac NW 10-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Typical Hosseini - incredibly written"
    What did you like best about this story?

    its flow and inter-connectedness - its ability to span lifetimes yet keep them related


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great, as they all are.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read

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    Amazon Customer Northern California 10-16-13
    Amazon Customer Northern California 10-16-13 Member Since 2008

    J.F., CA. I am a voracious "bookaholic" who enjoys many different genres. I am often listening to/reading multiple books at the same time.

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    "This book will haunt you...."

    I got this book because I I love and respect Hosseini's works. Like his other books, this book takes the reader on deeply wonderful journey of complex characters with poignant stories that stays with the reader for a long time. I had to listen to the book a second time to fill in some of what I missed the first time. Hosseini's characters are always well fleshed out and the details in his stories are so intricately textured.This book underscores how as human beings we make decisions because in the moment we feel these decisions are the best given the circumstances. Many times, however, these decisions change the courses of lives and even those of subsequent generations. The narrators did not detract from the story for me. Rather, they gave the story more credibility and their voices seemed "right to me." This author has me for life! If he scribbles on a paper napkin I will be reading it! If you like Hosseini's other books you may love this even more! Go ahead and get it, I promise this one will haunt your soul.

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    Erin ANDOVER, MA, United States 10-16-13
    Erin ANDOVER, MA, United States 10-16-13

    Read on... or should I say Listen On....

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    "Echoed..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found this book a little hard to get into however, the longer I listened the more the stories echoed in my ears and heart. I fell in love with it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pari~ She captured my imagination.


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    shirley K. Bigham 10-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "started out very interesting but got more and more"

    boring with hard to follow passages. I do not like the way the author spread this book out. and the accents were so difficult to understand. I do not recommend.

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    Patricia United States 10-09-13
    Patricia United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Must be better read than heard. Narration was bad."
    What did you like best about And the Mountains Echoed? What did you like least?

    I loved "The Kite Runner" and expected a good story. I was bored by the audible book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different performers.


    Do you think And the Mountains Echoed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


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    Ginger South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States 10-06-13
    Ginger South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States 10-06-13
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    "An Extraordinary Experience"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    Yes - many times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the characters...Abdullah and Pari, Nabi and Suleiman, Parwana and Masooma. As Nabi explains: "We are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us." Listening to this book was an extraordinary experience.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is by far my favorite of all of Khaled Hosseini's books. I love it when the author reads their own story, but the addition of the other two narrators was perfect. As soon as I heard Shohreh Aghdashloo's voice, I knew I would love this story. I appreciated the richness of the three narrators' voices, the strong accents that brought the story to life, and the emotional tenderness that the three were able to convey through their voices. I'm so happy I chose to listen to this book - although I have since bought hard copies for my children as gifts.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators were fantastic. This was, perhaps, the best listening experience I've had yet with an audible book. I highly recommend it.

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    Leigh Ann Hornbuckle TN 10-02-13 Member Since 2011

    horn

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    "Enjoyable."
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    Yes, I would read more from him. I enjoyed both the Kite Runner and 1000 Splended Suns. This one was good, but not quite a match for either of them. I like this author.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I felt I knew how it was going to end up.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. But, I had to listen very closely due to the accent.


    Was And the Mountains Echoed worth the listening time?

    Yes, of course.


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    SenecaSailor 10-01-13
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    "Complex character development"
    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book is an excellent story though very complex in the development of the characters. It covers an extended period of time and illustrates the sequence of the Afghanistan history. The character development and the sense of what people did and went through to survive are very real in the book.


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    claire Beaverton, OR, United States 09-30-13
    claire Beaverton, OR, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "poor narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Difficult to understand narrators. heavy accents detracted from the story line as I couldn't always understand what they were saying.


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