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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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    claire Beaverton, OR, United States 09-30-13
    claire Beaverton, OR, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2013
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 09-27-13
    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 09-27-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I thought the story was really disjointed. There were too many loose ends. Too many parts of the story that didn't seem to have much if anything to do with the main thread.


    What could Khaled Hosseini have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have done a better job in the end of pulling things together and helping the reader to understand the importance of each segment.


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

    The boy Abdullah.


    Was And the Mountains Echoed worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed other books by this author. I also enjoyed the different narrators. Though the accents were sometimes hard to understand, they gave me a sense of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Smith Washington, DC United States 09-25-13
    Megan Smith Washington, DC United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book, Hard to understand narrators"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, this lovely book is VERY difficult to understand due to the heavy accents of most of the narrators. I gave up half way through, it was too much, and I will have to read this instead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Frankfort, KY, United States 09-24-13
    Amazon Customer Frankfort, KY, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to follow"

    It was very hard to follow this book because it jumped from one story to another in the space of a sentence. I had to back up and listen again often. I really didn't enjoy the various stories, it was almost like a collection of short stories, sort of like a Cloud Atlas but not as epic.
    I usually enjoy accented narration as a way to relate to a different culture but these were two heavy and often hard to comprehend.

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    suzanne KENNESAW, GA, United States 09-24-13
    suzanne KENNESAW, GA, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "painful..."
    What disappointed you about And the Mountains Echoed?

    narrator and boring story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Khaled Hosseini again?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    bad accent, no life


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

    disappointment in the author


    Any additional comments?

    I tried at least four or five times to get through this book. I even made it (albeit painfully) through the first part and thought, "for sure this has to get better!" But, it did not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 09-23-13
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 09-23-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting insights, but confusing, too"

    Another look into a culture so little understood by the western world that is more "western" than we realize. This work makes a better read than a listen because of lack of familiarity with names and time periods the author references. I had to listen to it back and forth at least twice to figure it out---worth doing, but tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Silverthorne, Colorado, United States 09-18-13
    Candace Silverthorne, Colorado, United States 09-18-13
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    "Though provoking, emotional, and beautiful."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way the different stories expand slowly, each offering a unique perspective on life, but all with a common thread and connection.


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

    They did a good job differentiating, mainly because there was a woman reading for all the parts centering on women, and two different men for the male characters. For multiple characters in each story, the narrators did a good job of making it clear who was who.


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

    I cried. A lot.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the male readers has an occasional weird way of emphasizing parts of the reading that grated a bit on me, but not enough to make me dislike listening. There is a raw believable quality to all the readers, which was encouraging as this was my first audio book. It helped that they all sounded Middle Eastern (I am just assuming, here), so none of the names or Farsi words sounded mispronounced. One of the narrators was the author, which was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helena 09-17-13
    Helena 09-17-13

    Help! I can't stop buying audiobooks!

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    "Wonderful!"
    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I have ever read a book that is told in such a way that each chapter follows a different character. The rotating voices and their respective excellent performances in this audiobook helped bring that to life.

    Typical of Hosseini, the characters are engaging, and the plot is complex and fully fleshed out -- you just can't see the full picture until you're done.

    Another wonderful book. I can't wait to see what he writes next!

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    Michael FOGELSVILLE, PA, United States 09-16-13
    Michael FOGELSVILLE, PA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration made me anxious to be done with it"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    I would try another book from Hosseini but not with those narrators.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like Hosseini's other two books the story was very good.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    They made it almost unbearable to listen to. They sounded like they had marbles in their mouth and slowly slurred the words. I found myself wanting the book to be over so I wouldn't have to listen to them any more. I struggled through to the end because I can't leave a story unfinished but it was a relief when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, don't listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 09-14-13
    Katie 09-14-13
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    "Hosseini does it again!!!"
    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 favorites... All of Hosseini's books are in my top 5. Hard to choose which is my fave!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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