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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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    Bonnie St. Paul, MN, USA 07-23-13
    Bonnie St. Paul, MN, USA 07-23-13 Member Since 2001

    I am a voracious audiobook listener. I listen to everything: fiction, business, technology, politics...I need an interesting story, intriguing characters, and a fast pace to keep me interested.

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    "Dr. Hosseini Does it Again! Yeah!"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    The story of several families, over decades, told by various members points of view.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how an ancillary character introduced in one chapter would become a narrator in subsequent chapters. I liked figuring out who was talking, their age, location and circumstances.


    Any additional comments?

    In "Kite Runner" Dr. Hosseini managed to interest me in a story of his homeland. In "A Thousand Splendid Suns," he impressed me with his ability to write convincing female characters. In this novel I RELISHED the variety of narrator voices, the intricacy of the story, and the profiles of humanity.

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    Janet holland, MI, United States 07-22-13
    Janet holland, MI, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A triumph of devotion in unspeakable sadness"
    What made the experience of listening to And the Mountains Echoed the most enjoyable?

    Deep emotion, well-crafted story, triumph of the spirit


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abdullah never stopped loving his sister. His anguish and devotion. The sadness of their parting and the intertwining lives give me pause. I wished for it to turn out differently -- and I knew it could end no other way.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Three narratorsThe woman demonstrates the pathos in her female characters, especially the ugly twin. She was not a likeable character, but I found myself empathizing with her anyway.Both men reflect their narration sections well. The flavor of the characters and the places come through beautifully.


    Who was the most memorable character of And the Mountains Echoed and why?

    Each person sought to overcome a great loss. Each showed a resilience and brokenness that caught my heart. Even the ancillary characters seem vivid, broken, resilient, poetic and epic. In the end, only Abdullah, his daughter, and the plastic surgeon do not betray those they love. And Fari, the lost sister, atones for the betrayal of her adopted mother, and learns to love.


    Any additional comments?

    This amazing author has taught me three times to grieve for a land that is filled with so many conflicting traits -- a capacity for cruelty, a capacity for intense affection, resiliency in the face of impossible, unspeakable situations, and above all, a capacity for story.I once knew some people who lived in Afghanistan before all of the combat. They spoke of people with an ability to enjoy life, beauty in many ways, and the capacity for poetry and story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen T. Coomes Louisville, Ky. 07-21-13
    Stephen T. Coomes Louisville, Ky. 07-21-13 Member Since 2006

    Food Writer

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    "Hosseini is a brilliant modern writer"
    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to both for the story content and the performances. The accents of its three narrarators make the book much more realistic and interesting to listen to than if there were just one, accent free reader.


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

    Hosseini is one of the most brilliant writers of the modern age, possesing the incredible ability of knitting together a wide range of characters and scenarios that, at one moment, seem preposterous, but in the next fit perfectly. You never know where he's going to turn, yet each surprise outcome is believable, real and lifelike. Though "And the Mountains Echoed" may not be my favorite Hosseini story, it is by far the best-written book. His superb skills are on full display here. As a writer myself, I am in awe of his amazing storytelling ability and his craft.


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

    Warmth, reality, beauty.


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

    No. It is quite long, as all his books are, and the subject matter is heavy. All his stories are deeply sad and amazingly complex, so I can only disgest so much at a time. That isn't a criticism, however, just an observation.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must buy book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer VESTAL, NY, United States 07-21-13
    Amazon Customer VESTAL, NY, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I didn't finish it."
    What would have made And the Mountains Echoed better?

    The story felt disconnected to me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I feel an accent other than the language in which the reader is reading is very distracting and can be difficult to listen to. I don't like to have to 'try' when I'm listening.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Connie California 07-18-13
    Connie California 07-18-13 Member Since 2010

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    "brilliance again"

    I am a devoted fan of this author and pre-ordered this book. Hosseini can capture love and heartbreak and bittersweetness in a story like no one else. This dear story is about sibling love and loss. Beautifully accented voices do the narration, voices that make you listen a little closer, draw in, and feel what is being said in a nearly tactile way. The story is rich and layered and satisfying. Hosseini doesn't give the ending that you want, he gives the ending that you know in your bones is true to life. He has given us another masterful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blenda Crestwood, KY, United States 07-18-13
    Blenda Crestwood, KY, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Do I dare not like this book?"

    I’m probably the only person in the world that is not a Hosseini fan. I have read all three of his books. Same theme. Life is so difficult and not fair. Yeah, it is and life in the Middle East is so much worse than I can imagine. I just don't care for Hosseini's style. When I read or listen to a Hosseini book I feel like I’m following an ADHD child who can’t figure out where he’s really going or which story he’s going to tell next. I would just like to know if Hosseini has a different story in him.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    KRISTINA Cary, NC, United States 07-16-13
    KRISTINA Cary, NC, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    Yes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Ocean at the End of the Lane


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Was not very interesting


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from And the Mountains Echoed?

    Would have sped up the story at the beginning


    Any additional comments?

    Just couldn't get into the story.

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    Polishwomaninnewyork NYC 07-16-13 Member Since 2009

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    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked multiple voices of narrators, music, accents which gave the story intimate feeling.


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

    Beginning ? End? I don't know, the book as a whole is just beautiful, warm, I cried and laughed, and missed my Father while listening to it.


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

    Pari


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

    The story of one family


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking for new listen but I doubt it will be as good as "and the mountains echoed".
    Thank You Mr.Hosseini for letting me in to the history of your homeland, and it's beautiful, real people.

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    Cheryl Rocklin, CA 07-15-13
    Cheryl Rocklin, CA 07-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to follow at times"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was really looking forward to his new book. My favorite book of his is by far Kite Runner. I thought his second book: A Thousand Splendid Suns was just okay. I had my hopes up for this latest book to be as great at Kite Runner but I ended up disappointed. I felt the story was very hard to follow at times. With the different narrators and the story changing direction really made it difficult to follow even though the sections in the story were long. On numerous occasions I found myself going back in the story to re-listen so I could have a better understanding of the story. Additionally, I would have preferred there be only one narrator and for the story to be told in chronological order. It would have made it a much better book. I prefer Hosseini being the narrator of his stories. I'm disappointed that I'll have to listen to the entire book again at some point in the future to fully make sense of the story and better understand the characters.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    tell it in chronological order


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    not telling the story in chronological order and multiple narrators


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Penndel, PA, United States 07-14-13
    Donna Penndel, PA, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "really?!? you couldn't find better narration?"
    What disappointed you about And the Mountains Echoed?

    i will happily try to understand to a friend or stranger with an accent - but when it's this much of a struggle to listen to a book i bought? c'mon - really? i think one of the narrators has a slight speech impediment, and it's making some of the words, along with the accent, completely unintelligible. before you think i'm *that* person who doesn't like subtitles or won't take the time to acquire an ear for an accent, i am not. however, i'm half-way through the book and sometimes have to rewind and listen over and over to figure out a word. and many times, i don't get it.


    Would you recommend And the Mountains Echoed to your friends? Why or why not?

    i have read Hosseini's other books and raved about them. sorry Audible - i might have to return this book and read it in order to appreciate it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    a lot of the time i can't understand what the narrators are saying. very frustrating.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    i'm sure the story is good - if i could understand the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    the authors previous books are magnificent to read and would highly recommend them to anyone. i have not listened to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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