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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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    Sue Goldgewicht costa rica 09-05-13
    Sue Goldgewicht costa rica 09-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "it's true, the narration ruined a great book."
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    there is not much else to say, narration can make or brake an audio book and here is an example.

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    Gayle Wayne 09-04-13
    Gayle Wayne 09-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing and Confusing"

    I had a tough time with this book because the variety of timezones and the odd narrations left me having to rewind and wonder if I missed something. The main thing missing, other than the needed continuity in the story, is a plot...This was a story of a family over time, and the timezones jumped around to add to the confusion, and while the setting is unusual, and some of the components are troubling, it really lacked punch and I wound up disappointed.

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    Krista Golden, CO, United States 09-04-13
    Krista Golden, CO, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't Listen! Read This Great Story Yourself!"

    It is no doubt that Khaled Hosseini is a masterful storyteller. This book was no exception. However, I had much more difficulty really getting into the story, fully immersed in the characters' experiences and feelings, than I did with his previous two books. I imagine that part of the issue was that I struggled with the accents of the three readers. Still, there were several times the individual experiences and atrocities the characters experienced and the hardships they faced made me feel physically ill with sadness. So the entire review of this book boils down to two things for me: 1) Love Khaled Hosseini? Then read this book. 2) Planning on reading this book? Read it. Pick up the print or digital copy and actually READ it, don't listen to it. Then, it's probably worth 4 stars or more.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 09-03-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2014

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Not as good as previous books"

    I really wanted to like this book. Really, really, really. I thought both of Hosseini's previous books were nothing short of amazing. This one was very short of amazing. Some of the chapters stood alone well as short stories, but the linking to one another was difficult and confusing. I had a hard time keeping track of the numerous characters and how they were intertwined.

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    Ms. Mary E. Sullivan Carbondale, IL United States 09-02-13
    Ms. Mary E. Sullivan Carbondale, IL United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2007

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    "wonderful book!"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    This is one of those rare books that I may listen to a second time. The characters were unique and complex, and the story moved through time with a dreamlike quality. Yet it was one of the most grounded and realistic stories I have read in a long time. I loved Kite Runner, and I think this book shows new growth and maturity in Hosseini's writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't recall the names at the moment. Probably the little girl who was taken away, and grew up to be an academic.


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

    Very good narration of both this and Kite Runner. I read the paper version of his second book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me cry. and gasp in places.


    Any additional comments?

    most highly recommended!

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    Patricia 09-02-13
    Patricia 09-02-13
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    "Difficult to understand"

    The narration was very difficult for me to understand, and I had to work too hard to follow the story. The female's voice was the most difficult to follow due to her pauses after every few words. It made her reading very choppy. I like the idea of using native speakers but not when the accents are so strong. I stuck with it until the end, because the author is a magnificent storyteller, but I wish I had read it on my Kindle.

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    Emily Bronte 08-31-13

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    "A Beautifully Written Book"

    Of the three readers, I found one of the men very difficult to understand at the beginning, to the point it interfered with my enjoyment. The other man and the woman were not so difficult. Once I became accustomed to the accents, it did not bother me.
    I found the stories fascinating, and Hosseini did a great job of bringing them all together. The world is getting smaller--and we may meet up again with people we knew years ago in another land.

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    Tracey 08-31-13
    Tracey 08-31-13
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    "I wish I could give it a TEN!"

    Gritty and realistic, this beautiful tale is narrated masterfully. I can't say enough about this book. I really appreciated some of the reviews that led me to purchase this. I'm not going to give away the story though! I don't want to ruin it. But it is very beautifully narrated by the author and Negahban and Aghdashloo. I was transported to Afghanistan by their haunting voices. They brought the tale to life for me. From the very first words to the last sentence, I was transported to a world at once brutally realistic and yet the author paints the pictures with such beauty that I wanted to stay there longer. You will love this tale and the narration. I wish I could give it a ten!

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    Eve 08-29-13
    Eve 08-29-13
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    "Hosseini does it again"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, I would recommend this book. It is entertaining as a story (well, several stories), but really is so much more. I will probably buy the hardcopy and re-read it. There is much to think about here. Love. Loyalty. Family ties. Decisions. Interconnectedness. I could go on, but you get the picture.


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

    Several. I'd have to go back and listen again to find them all. But the story told by the father to the two children at the very beginning is magical. And sets the stage for so much of what is to come.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I don't find the question applicable, nor the answer important.


    If you could rename And the Mountains Echoed, what would you call it?

    What a silly question.


    Any additional comments?

    Only that I was disappointed to have it end, but not disappointed in how it ended.

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    Cindy Sedro Woolley, WA, United States 08-29-13
    Cindy Sedro Woolley, WA, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Read this book instead of listening!!"

    The Kite Runner was one of my favorite books of all time and A Thousand Splendid Suns was a close second. The narration in both of those books was superb. When I saw that Hosseini had a new book coming out I was so excited and couldn't wait to download it. But now I'm sorry I wasted my credits on it - I'll have to go find it at the library and read it instead. I wish I had listened to a sample before downloading it but after the last two books by the same author I didn't think it was necessary. My mistake. What on earth was the author thinking having what is quite probably a fantastic book narrated in this way! I have barely begun listening and I simply can't continue. I can hardly understand a word the narrator is saying and the droning monotone voice is unbearable. I can't believe that after two wonderful audiobooks, the author has let this happen. I'm sure this is probably a very good book but I certainly don't recommend getting the audio version!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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