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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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    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


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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.

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    BFA 07-13-13
    BFA 07-13-13
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    "another excellent insight into Middle East psych"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    Hosseini echoes an informed understanding of Middle East people. He gave us a picture of guileless guilt in "The Kite Runner" and evoked our tears in his hauntingly honest portrayal of women's plight in "A Thousand . . . Suns." Here he creates a mosaic of stories about people, young and old, virtuous and virtueless, who play the game of life with poignancy and purpose. His characters are so real I want to add them to my Facebook page. I'd read it again in a heartbeat and recommend it warmly to my friends who love to read (or listen to) stories that entertain while they add to one's knowledge of the world. We are as lucky to have this amazing author as he is to live in the United States of America.


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    Cheryl 07-10-13
    Cheryl 07-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, but bad performance"
    What did you like best about And the Mountains Echoed? What did you like least?

    I liked the parallel stories that ran thoughout the book, but I thought they could have been tied together better at the end. Some were still left hanging.


    How could the performance have been better?

    In general I did not care for the three narrators of the book, but the female was by far the worst. Please give me narrators who can enunciate. It was difficult to listen to. It sounded as though she were drunk and slurring her words during most of her reading.


    Do you think And the Mountains Echoed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No thanks.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost returned the book, but I liked his other two books well enough I wanted to see where this would go. The narration was just horrible though.

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    Paul United States 07-10-13
    Paul United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Nice weaving of stories"

    Unlike some of the comments, I enjoyed the approach the author took with writing intersecting stories around a theme with different points of view. My only complaint is I found one of the narrators hard to understand -- kind of garbled diction. Sometimes he sounded like a drunk Borat. I would have preferred a native English speaker. Other than that, some really touching moments.

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    P. Horton 07-10-13
    P. Horton 07-10-13
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    "Best Story Line with Intertwining Stories"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    One of the best books I've read in long time. The way the characters overlap and intertwine is a magical mystery and journey throughout the lifetime of one little girl and how one event can trigger a lifetime of consequences. The two narrators including the author and two well known Iranian actors living in the US makes this book come more to life than if had read it Although I did listen to it twice to connect all the dots so to speak.... and it connects well. They way each chapter sums up then has a musical interlude and a lesson is learned or the chapter summed up in a wonderful way. Don't miss this book if you like reading about families, feelings and consequences.


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

    I know this may seem strange but the movie "Pulp Fiction" comes to mind only in the way that the characters overlap and you learn more about them in later chapters, making this book somewhat of a mystery.


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

    No, yet excellent performances. Love that the author is one of the narrators.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Pari the long lost sister of Abdullah meets and visits with Pari the daughter of Abdullah, her niece yet more her sister..


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    Nicole Blountville, TN, United States 07-10-13
    Nicole Blountville, TN, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth listening to...but not his best book"
    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED his previous two books, so I was going to read/listen to this newest one despite any negative reviews. Hosseini IS a story teller. He is magical with words and capturing a feeling, a place, a character's insight.I enjoyed this book for the most part. I did have to really pay attention at first during some of the narration; the heave accent was difficult to wade through at first. This novel felt disjointed a little at times, and I couldn't immediately see how every person and place was connected, but eventually the story all came around.

    Truthfully, if I had to do it over, I may have read the print version instead of listening to the audio. There were times I wanted to flip back and look at a certain page and refresh my memory. The names, places, and dates mixed together in head too much.

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    David newton, ma USA 07-09-13
    David newton, ma USA 07-09-13 Member Since 2010

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    "beautiful story; Hosseini fans will rejoice"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    work of Art


    What did you like best about this story?

    structure of book, narration, poignancy of story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chauffeur's story


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

    thought it wonderful; brought lump to my throat several times


    Any additional comments?

    be patient with the narration, let the accented English wash over you. this book would have had much less impact simply read in written form: it was so much more beautiful, musical, and authentic read in native Afghani accents. take note of characters' names as you meet them, no matter how inconsequential a character may seem at the time; they will probably reappear later and you will have to recall their story. it might be helpful to write down names as you meet people.
    this book was an absolute treasure-and this from someone who adored Hosseini's first two novels. A Thousand Splendid Suns was one of my favorite books ever.

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    Laura Smith Washington 07-08-13
    Laura Smith Washington 07-08-13

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    "Great listen, but only small stretches at a time"

    I partly enjoyed this listening experience because of the readers who gave the narrative an authentic sound. Having said that, it was also at times difficult to fully melt into the story because listening to it required attentive listening, lest I misunderstand the *thick* speech. Definitely listen to the sample to determine if you can handle it. My husband couldn't make it through three minutes.

    The story itself was beautiful, with rich depth and a lovely balance between characters. Many of the characters were touched upon from the POV of that character for one segment of the book, and then that person might appear in another chapter from someone else's POV, and this spanned some 60+ years so sometimes we would see the same character as a child, an adult, and an old person. Brilliantly written.

    After finishing the book, I was left a little melancholy... a few of the loose ends were tidied in an unsatisfactory way. I'm not sure I would call this uplifting. Also, I will add that this is heavily character-driven and not a lot "happens." Sometimes I would be so totally bored I had to switch to another novel for a while. But when I came back to this one, I enjoyed it again and dove into it. I've read character novels with better pacing and I think this could have benefited from a better edit through some of the slower parts... having said that, I still recommend it. Good history, great descriptions of many landscapes and cultures in different parts of the world, excellent capturing of numerous characters.

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    Stefanie Gainesville, GA, United States 07-07-13
    Stefanie Gainesville, GA, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Requires More Attention than Typical Audiobooks"
    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was the most challenging to follow - a lot of characters and story lines going on. This is not a book to do housework to - better for a car ride or somewhere where you can really listen and follow.


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

    Not sure. It's different than The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns in terms of structure and flow, but Hosseini's gift for painting a beautiful, rich detailed character and picture remains.


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

    You get different voices with this one - different narrators. Obviously brings it to life a little more. Not sure I loved all the voices.


    If you could rename And the Mountains Echoed, what would you call it?

    That actually is a perfect name - wouldn't change it.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful book. Some unresolved areas for me because so many characters were introduced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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