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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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    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!

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    Maha Bali Egypt 08-28-13
    Maha Bali Egypt 08-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "2 bad narrators, interesting but disjointed story"

    This is a difficult book to review. I love Khaled Hosseini's writing. The Kite Runner tugged at my heartstrings and made me cry. I liked his second novel, too. This third one is more similar to his second one (but even more dramatic; overly dramatic, I thought) in that it brings the threads of different characters together - but they are even more characters, even more diverse, and the switching between them (and across time) is very frequent and sometimes annoying. You start to care about a certain character, then you're switched to another time and place and you need to adjust. What made it all more dramatic (and it was already quite dramatic with the storyline) was the switching of narrators. In the end, the book as a whole was too dramatic to touch me in the same way The Kite Runner had.

    Let me talk about the narrators. Disclaimer: English is not my native tongue, and I am quite tolerant of various forms of accented English. I have no problem listening to an entire audiobook narrated in an Indian accent, for example. But this book's narration was annoying. There is one pleasant narrator with a slight accent, whom I take to be Khaled Hosseini. The other two were very annoying to listen to. I initially thought they were Afghan but later started to think they were chosen because they are Afghan who also spoke Greek/French and English. But their English is really not good enough, in my opinion, for them to narrate an audiobook. I'm sorry. But it really detracted from my enjoyment of the book.

    It's possible the narration biased me against the book - but that was a risk the publishers took, and I think they need to deal with the consequences

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    Carol Lemelin St. Clair Shores, MI USA 08-25-13
    Carol Lemelin St. Clair Shores, MI USA 08-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    "All Alone"

    I guess I am the only reader/listener who was disappointed in this book. I was engrossed for the first 2/3 then not so much! I guess I am a romantic and while I realize real life is not easy, I want my novels to satisfy more than this one did.

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    Judy Locklear Peoria, AZ United States 08-25-13
    Judy Locklear Peoria, AZ United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not to be missed!"
    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could not put this audiobook down. Like other Housseini books, the complex characters stay with you long after the end. Agree with others that the author's narration was difficult on the ear, but the chapters narrated by Shohreh Aghdashloo more than made up for those. (I think I could listen to her read a dictionary and still be entertained).
    Great book and I especially loved the way the intergenerational stories were linked together. Must listen.


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    Nusrat 08-25-13
    Nusrat 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Poor Narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love audio books and I have listened to Khalid Hosseini's first two books and loved the experience! But not this one, unfortunately. I wish Khalid Hosseini had read the entire book himself. The other two narrators were very disappointing. Heavily accented, slurred speech at times, made it hard to listen leave alone enjoy the experience. Sorry about that!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abdullah. I felt his pain on parting with his sister.


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

    Nope.


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

    Maybe not.


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