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And the Mountains Echoed Audiobook

And the Mountains Echoed

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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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    Arabella 05-12-14
    Arabella 05-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but might be better read in print"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    I really like this author. Sad to say, it was very difficult to understand the readers as their accents were so heavy.


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

    The separation of the brother and sister.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The accents were too thick and it made listening hard.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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    D. Lloyd 05-01-14
    D. Lloyd 05-01-14

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    "Accents and cadences cause confusion."
    What did you like best about And the Mountains Echoed? What did you like least?

    I most liked the stories that took place in Afghanistan, and the really, really beautiful writing. I least liked the performances.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    So many compelling characters' stories were left incomplete or were poorly tied to the other stories.


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

    Though the language of the novel was so beautiful in English, the pronunciations and the cadences of the readings left much to be desired. Mispronunciations could eventually be figured out if you were concentrating hard. Much worse was the lack of pausing, esp.by Ms. Nagahban, leaving me often hanging in time and place, and having to rewind over and over to figure out who was talking and how we had jumped from one subject or place to another. A simple pause would have allowed the listener to recognize the space between two paragraphs. No help that two characters had the same name. I blame the producer.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think it would be better as a movie because the time constraint of a film would force the screenwriter to choose the most compelling characters' stories to follow and make sure each subplot had an arc and a climax.


    Any additional comments?

    A great audiobook keeps me incredibly calm (in L.A. traffic) and incredibly fit (a four mile hike becomes five without even realizing it). I was sure this was going to be one of those because it came so highly recommended. It was not. I hate to say it, but I looked forward to finishing it so I could move on.

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    Sepibo 04-30-14
    Sepibo 04-30-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Performance by Mr Negahban was dismal"
    What did you like best about And the Mountains Echoed? What did you like least?

    I love how each story he tells is an echo of the fairy tale told at the begining of the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Ms Agdashlou was so so. I know she can do a better job than what she did on the audio. I've seen her perform in roles where she spoke English and she is an Oscar nominated actress. Her tolerable performance compounded with Mr Neghaban's awful reading of the story (at times I felt he doesn't even understand what he is reading - it is just awful) so I think that it was most likely the director who didn't do their job. Btw, Mr. Hosseini is a wonderful narrator! I enjoyed the parts where he read the book.


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    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 04-12-14
    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 04-12-14
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    "Ambling"

    Like many-many, I loved the Kite Runner and looked forward to more stories from this talented author. Alas, this story, while well written, seems to amble around and only loosely connect the disparate parts.

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    Guru K. 04-08-14
    Guru K. 04-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Had to translate the reading"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    No idea, the story completely passed me by while trying to figure out what the readers were saying.


    What was most disappointing about Khaled Hosseini’s story?

    The reading.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    How about the actual Author?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The fairy tail at the beginning was cool, but that was about all I understood.


    Any additional comments?

    Learn to cast readers, it's a performance.

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    N. Possas Phoenx, AZ 04-06-14
    N. Possas Phoenx, AZ 04-06-14 Member Since 2004

    Peeved in Phoenix

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    "Beautiful story-narration mediocre"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not sure that I would recommend this book in audiobook format. Each of the collection of stories is narrated by a different narrator. Mr. Hosseini and Ms. Aghdashloo were easy to listen to and although they both have an accent, their telling of the story was not intrusive to the story. This was not the case with Mr. Negahban. Heavy accent combined with odd cadence and inflection made for difficult listening. I bought the book in Kindle format so I could read his parts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were memorable; tragic and sympathetic at once.


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

    No. There was too much to absorb.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Hosseini's command of the English language is impressive. He is a true wordsmith, much of which is lost in this format. I'm glad I listened to this book, but now I will read it in Kindle format.

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    Sudha Iyer Basking Ridge, NJ United States 03-14-14
    Sudha Iyer Basking Ridge, NJ United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2016
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did not enjoy this book as much as the Kite Runner. I found it somewhat repetitive in character and flavor.


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

    I was disappointed by the narrators in this book. The accents somehow did not enhance the listening experience.


    Was And the Mountains Echoed worth the listening time?

    Not really, I am sorry to say


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    M. L. Baker North Idaho 03-06-14
    M. L. Baker North Idaho 03-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Convoluted"
    What would have made And the Mountains Echoed better?

    Readers who spoke English with less of a foreign accent. Couldn't understand the text at times due to strong accents. Also, story jumped around too much. Hard to follow or connect at times.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unsure.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Readers with less of a foreign accent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration at not being able to follow the plot. Disappointing end. It seemed as though the author just tried to hard to write an award winning novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing very informative in this book. Not like his previous books.

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    Renae 02-16-14
    Renae 02-16-14

    Just lovin' me some audio books!

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    "Buyer Beware"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have loved all of Hosseini's previous books but this one was challenging to listen to. It involves many story lines, many points of view and jumping from present to past tense. And I'm usually ok with following along but this one was tough and the ending (when it finally came) dropped off like a cliff. And the narrators are DIFFICULT and frustrating to understand (and accents don't usually bother me).


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story itself has a good premise. Just too bogged down with jumping from characters to tenses to narrators.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Hosseini for all characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depends.


    Any additional comments?

    Hosseini, please make more stories like the "Kite Runner." I feel it was your best work to date!

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    Jacquelyn ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 01-30-14
    Jacquelyn ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Story by vignette"
    Any additional comments?

    Hosseini used a series of vignettes to tell his story as compared to a contiguous plot. His approach is different than previous novels, but absolutely effective. It allowed a quick but deep look at a number of characters and situations that are intertwined and impacted by each other. It is a story of choices, of responsibility and love, of self-sacrifice and self-centeredness, of isolation and connection. At the beginning of some chapters I had difficulty getting my bearings, but Hosseini quickly provided enough information for me to gain understanding. I was propelled through the stories in this book, and touched by how intertwined the characters were at the beginning and the end. A very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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