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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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    Franklin Tallahassee, Florida, United States 08-14-13
    Franklin Tallahassee, Florida, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome story"
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    I did not want to finish this book. I had read his two previous ones and knew it would be the work of a genuine storyteller unlike any I'd ever heard. Loved the readers; they gave it authenticity and feeling. Don't rush through this; it's real people and real life.

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    Johnathan B. Branscomb Elko, Nevada 08-13-13
    Johnathan B. Branscomb Elko, Nevada 08-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "You must listen to this incredible book."
    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far one of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a book of stories. Each story is unique. I did not want to stop listening at the end of the day. I dreamed about the characters in these stories. I have read Hosseini's other books and I thoroughly enjoyed them. This book may be the best yet. The audio was wonderful but I would also like to read the hard copy.


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

    I loved them all.


    Any additional comments?

    Please listen to book. It's worth every minute.

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    April Richmond Hill, GA, United States 08-13-13
    April Richmond Hill, GA, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Worth a read but not my favorite Hosseini offering"
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    And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini was not all that I hoped it to be...it was good, don't misunderstand, but the other two were better and The Kite Runner is still my favorite.This one is mercifully less graphic than the other two. I say "mercifully" not because the author was ever harsh for harshness sake. Quite the contrary, I have always found his harder scenes appropriate. I am just a bit weak natured when it comes to those things. FYI there are a lot of reviews criticizing the accents in the narration. It is thick at some points, but I really liked it. It gave an authenticity to the read and added a deeper level of connection for me at least.

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    Carmen Chile 08-10-13
    Carmen Chile 08-10-13 Member Since 2004
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    "MAGIC"

    i was really inmerse not only in the history, but also i was actually there, living with the people, suffering and absolutely transported.
    the readers are magnifecent.Not only the wonderfull voices, but it was the accent that made it so beautifull

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    Mary Park City, UT, United States 08-09-13
    Mary Park City, UT, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Very dark and depressing"

    This was so dark and depressing we didn't finish the first CD. We were on a road trip and my sister in law asked me to stop playing it.

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    Russell College Station, TX, USA 08-08-13
    Russell College Station, TX, USA 08-08-13 Member Since 2005
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    "This wasn't another Kite Runner and that's a good."
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    Khaled Hosseini is obviously known for his first two books and many people commented that this wasn't another Kite Runner. I agree and think that was a good thing. I loved his first two books and I loved this one as well. It was a unique work that engaged me the whole time. He does an amazing job of painting a vivid and detailed picture of his characters and their lives.

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    meg Knoxville, TN 08-07-13
    meg Knoxville, TN 08-07-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Hard Listen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love to listen to books. However this book was difficult to listen to. The "readers" mostly just read the work with some but very little "inflection". Due to many characters, difficult names and unfamiliar places I found this book very hard to understand what was going on and who was saying or doing what. I got the basic gist of the story, but will have to "read" the book to truly understand it. I wish more talented readers had been chosen to read this wonderful story.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    Different narrators.


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    W Jordan Taylor Tulsa, OK United States 08-06-13
    W Jordan Taylor Tulsa, OK United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story telling, but..."

    The chapters in this book each tell a very compelling story. I loved the content, but the naration was labored and hard to listen to, and detracted from the enjoyment for me.

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    Gail Santa Fe, NM, United States 08-04-13
    Gail Santa Fe, NM, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A challenging, enthralling read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you enjoyed The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns or even Three Cups of Tea this book is for you. Great additional insight and understanding into the struggles for generations of one family in Afghanistan. The conditions and circumstances they must endure. The great lengths and sacrifices they must go through to educate and keep their children safe in a country that is going to shreds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Parris.


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

    I don't think so. But I enjoyed all of the narrators for this production. Their accents and english pronunciations made the book credible.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    From the writer who brought you The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns comes And The Mountains Echoed. The incredible multi-generational story of two Afghanistan siblings separated at an early age who, having been thrust into very different paths in life, trust that they will somehow reunite.

    And The Mountains Echoed - in theaters soon!


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    Amazon Customer holly spring, NC, United States 08-04-13
    Amazon Customer holly spring, NC, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Oustanding"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    This is the second book I have read by Khaled Hosseni, but the first audible. The narrators were perfect for the parts they read. Very engaging story.


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

    The story told by the father in the beginning


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The voices fit the characters.


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

    yes, but could not


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