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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 01-30-14
    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "My third bood to listen to by this author"

    This author takes you on a journey of the human mind, he uses the Middle East as his back drop. This time it is outsiders of the country as well as the insiders who are participants of this story. Of people who escape to Europe, of the bonds to the East. I love listening to this author, so well narrated. So much can be learned of lives of people who spend much time together, of times changing, of picking up the pieces. It is a book that, as the others, takes you away and immerses you from day to day life. Well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandylp SF Bay Area 01-21-14
    Sandylp SF Bay Area 01-21-14 Listener Since 2001

    Sandylp

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    "Too Many Characters"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend to a friend with the suggestion to take notes while listening or reading. I think there are too many characters and different story lines to keep track of. I have enjoyed the previous two books by this author, but this book was too confusing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Khaled Hosseini again?

    Yes


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pronunciation of the names of the characters.


    Could you see And the Mountains Echoed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, too many characters and no consistent story line.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Readandknit 01-14-14
    Readandknit 01-14-14

    readingaddict

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    "Food for many thoughts"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    The narrator's voice is engaging, well-modulated and entirely appropriate for each section of the book. In addition, his accent helps transport the listener to Afghanistan without being at all difficult to understand. Perhaps another narrator could do justice to Hosseini's work, but I doubt it could be done as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always marvel at Hosseini's ability to create an engrossing narrative filled with such nuanced characters. His voice is sure and precise, and I end up living with the people of his books in my head long after the reading is done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Scott Vanzandt Memphis, TN 01-14-14
    J. Scott Vanzandt Memphis, TN 01-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Run, Run away FAST!"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    This is one of the poorest downloads I have listened to. The narrator was painful. I could not even get into the story for the poor narration. I loved Hosseini's last 2 books, but cannot recommend this one to anyone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cynthia silverado, cA, United States 01-07-14
    cynthia silverado, cA, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Was a big disappointment for me"
    What disappointed you about And the Mountains Echoed?

    For me there just wasn't the basis for a good story here.


    What was most disappointing about Khaled Hosseini’s story?

    Both of his other books were wonderful and compelling. I couldn't wait for another by him. It felt to me like too much effort for so little.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sometimes I had trouble understanding her English with the heavy accent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy 12-27-13
    Lucy 12-27-13

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    "Interesting structure, too long"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book was a good view of Afghanistan and the people. While I appreciated the author reading the book it was hard to understand at some points.


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

    appropriate, no surprise. Very sad.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better diction


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

    Maybe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sumner Stewartmagee 12-25-13

    SumnerSm

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    "He captures the time and place like a photo"
    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10% The slow pace of telling may bug some, but it is the local way of telling a story setting the time and place and slowly developing the picture. I have been in country this is classical work.


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

    I liked the kite book, and the 1000 suns were better, but all different enough.but I felt the first two more,and felt the writer was opening his own heart with the stories.


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

    no savor it


    Any additional comments?

    This is a Doctor with great ease with language. His stories are not dressed up or slanted for pity. It is what it is. Like a photo of these times, no undue drama, but no hiding life. Everything he writes is excellent in any language. A rare writer in these times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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