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And the Mountains Echoed Audiobook

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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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 11-12-13
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 11-12-13 Member Since 2006

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    "So fascinating, yet hard to get"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic emotional storytelling


    What other book might you compare And the Mountains Echoed to and why?

    All the authors other books.


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

    Great emotional voices that makes the story get very much alive.


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

    Nor laugh nor cry, but it certainly has the potential to bring up emotions of many kinds. It touched me very much.


    Any additional comments?

    As with the authors other books, I had a hard time figuring out the identity of everybody, because the story jumps in time and place. I struggled a lot with who-is-who and what were their names. At these points I would have liked to page back in a physical book to brush up on names.

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    Larry 11-11-13
    Larry 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Definitely not the Kite Runner"
    What did you like best about And the Mountains Echoed? What did you like least?

    Decent story but so disjointed that it was hard to follow.


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

    Not as good as the Kite Runner


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

    Had a difficult time even understanding two of the narrators.


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

    Yes


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    Sam New York, NY 11-05-13
    Sam New York, NY 11-05-13
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    "Poor narrators"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book/story is worthy of read. The audio version offered by Audible is intolerable. Monotone, poor diction..I abandoned it after a few hours and went for a printed version


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    Petunia East Tawas, MI, United States 11-05-13
    Petunia East Tawas, MI, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it, based on reality and very informative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of And the Mountains Echoed to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    based on real events, but fictionalzied


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

    first one i listened to


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

    would have if i could have


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    Bonnie Trinity, FL, United States 11-04-13
    Bonnie Trinity, FL, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another wonderful book from the author"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I got completely lost in the book, I was sorry when it ended


    Would you be willing to try another book from Khaled Hosseini? Why or why not?

    yes, I have read all his books and have enjoyed all of them


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    yes, it was different listening but fun


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    Kelly Miller Rancho Murieta, CA 11-02-13
    Kelly Miller Rancho Murieta, CA 11-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Hit for Hosseini"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great book.


    Any additional comments?

    Hosseini is a talented writer and story teller. I should have done a character list. Listening to books is different from reading books....

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    Margaret Birnbaum 10-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story but hard to follow as an audio book"
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    I had a hard time following the story on audio book format. After listening to the first 4 chapters on audible, I switched to a paper copy of the book and found that a lot easier to follow. Since the book switches to different vignettes with different characters in different time periods so much, it was hard to know what was happening. This is a shortcoming of the way audio books are read - there are no clues telling you that it is starting a new section or new paragraph, whereas in printed books there are gaps on the page or sometime special separator marks to signal the reader that a new scene is starting. When audio books are recorded, these clues to the reader are not verbalized.

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    Vickie Kitty Hawk, NC, United States 10-30-13
    Vickie Kitty Hawk, NC, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Author Dared to Take Me To Afganistan; So Glad!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Listen because unless you grew up with influences from the Middle East, you will likely miss too much by simply reading. Hearing the author's pronunciation and voice inflection transported me to the dessert region when my West Virginia education would have failed to let me follow. Understand why he so loves this hard place. This book teaches empathy and that's a quality we all need.


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

    Not a book for a single sitting, take the 12 chapters in a dozen visits with a brilliant mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Like most people, I fear memory loss and it is good to be reminded that it can also be a blessing.

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    Gillian Brown Punta Gorda, FL United States 10-28-13
    Gillian Brown Punta Gorda, FL United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Disjointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this to a friend because the story jumps between time and charator and can be difficut to follow. I was disappointed as I love this author's books in the past I didn't finish the book and went onto another.


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

    The mother (or perhaps the adoptive mother) and the main charactor.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    warm, interesting and in charactor.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 10-27-13
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2015

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    "lovely lyrical writing, not an uplifting tale"

    If you have read any of his other books, you know that they are not light-hearted romps thru the clover. However. It has been years since I read A thousand splendid suns and kite runner, but i do not remember feeling so down when i finished them.
    The language is exquisite, as are his other novels. Unfortunately the narration detracts from the beauty and impact of the words. There are three narrators who voice different parts of the collection. Mr Hosseini himself does a good job, and I must admit it is a breath of fresh air to hear the native pronunciations of the places and names, really the best part of the narration. Ms. Aghdashloo has such a distinctive, smokey voice, it is always a pleasure to listen to. Mr. Negahban's english is exceptional, but I had trouble understanding his narration, rewinding several times. This is my own personal opinion, and not a condemnation of Mr. Nagahban. After all, I speak no second language so have no idea how difficult it must be to master one.
    All that being said, it is a wonderfully written book, and I am not disappointed in haivng read/listened to it. Nabi's letter, in particular, I enjoyed very much. The opening storyline, also, was excellent. It is a vivid portrayal of choices and consequences, luck,perseverance, good and bad deeds and finally, human nature. Worth the credit, for sure.

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