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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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    Fatina Bisat Macon, GA, United States 07-23-13
    Fatina Bisat Macon, GA, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Outstanding novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of And the Mountains Echoed to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately not. This is one of the rare audio books in which I had to interrupt the audio several times when one of the male narrators ( not Khaled Hosseini ) was on and refer to the book. I ended up finishing the book from the print edition.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I do not mind narrators with accents at all, I actually prefer that if the story calls for it but in this case one of the male narrators had a very heavy accent.


    Any additional comments?

    If there were more than five stars , I would have given it to this book. It is even better than his last two books, the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

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    Nancy Austin, TX, United States 07-23-13
    Nancy Austin, TX, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Hard to follow the disjointed chapters"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 previous Hosseini books so I was going to listen to this one no doubt. But yes I'd say a waste of time because it was not what I was expecting. Unlike the other books -- which were well-constructed novel length stories -- this one has a different character for each character whose "story" is told. The characters have some connection to each other -- but in a listening situation it was hard to follow. And most of the stories had not the wealth of even a normal short story -- more about developing a character just in time for their chapter to be over.


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

    No -- I like a rich complicated story. These were fragments.


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

    This book had 3 narrators -- I had heard Mr. Hosseini narrate the other 2 books and I had heard Ms. Aghdashloo narrate another book. Their narration here was as good as I have heard them before. Unlike other reviewers I had no problem understanding any of the narrators.


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

    Well they would throw out half the characters in writing the screenplay and tease out a narrative of interest. It might be ok.


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    Bonnie 07-23-13
    Bonnie 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 07-22-13
    Janet 07-22-13
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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.


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    Connie California 07-18-13
    Connie California 07-18-13

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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.

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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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    "Meh..."
    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

    aniutek

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    "I was few times late to work..."
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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