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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. Reevu United States 05-27-13
    Ms. Reevu United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Storytelling At Its Finest"

    And the Mountains Echoed grabbed me from the start, and never let me go. Khaled's style of writing is superb; filled with profound insight, wisdom, and grace. Even as I am enjoying the tales, I can't help but also think of the man writing them, and how keenly observant he must be to the world around him. Fantastic book, and impressive author. I cannot recommend this enough! It's a bedtime story for grown-ups in the most delightful way!!!

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 05-24-13
    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2004
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    "ONE OF THE BEST AUDIO BOOKS AVAIALABLE"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is SO good it reminds me of how crappy most of the other books I listen to really are. I listen to many audiobooks. I have 4 active audible accounts. Most of the books I listen to are, at best, casual entertainment while I work. They are not great. This book IS GREAT. It is a treasure! It makes me sad because I know that soon this book will come to an end, and when it ends, I will be back searching through all the mediocre books again. Always searching, always hoping that I will find a book like this one. Books like this are as rare as can be. If ONLY there were more like this …

    18 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Donna K. Ford Little Rock AR USA 06-10-13
    Donna K. Ford Little Rock AR USA 06-10-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Hosseini's Mountains Echoed Total Disappointment!"

    After the power of Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns this book
    left me cold. It just jumps around with little or no depth. In spots there
    are glimmers of what this author is capable of but they don't last. After
    the long wait this book was a waste of my time and suffering through it
    has left me resentful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paige Dallas, TX, United States 06-10-13
    Paige Dallas, TX, United States 06-10-13
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    "Disappointment of the Year"

    I could hardly contain myself I was so excited for this book to come out...but in the end, I just didn't get it.

    I was hooked at the start but something happened--all the stories stalled and never went anywhere. It's not just that there were a lot of characters and that the plot is all back story--it's that so much was so irrelevant to the main characters. It's almost as if the author gathered several short stories together and fabricated a way to combine them into a novel.

    It didn't work for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Juliana Carvalho Elmhurst, Il USA 06-10-13
    Juliana Carvalho Elmhurst, Il USA 06-10-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Couldn`t go on due to the narrator`s strong accent"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    i`ve read the Kite runner and A thousand splendid suns. BOTH awesome!


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    old voices, strong accent, a bit of misspelling


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Josette LITTLETON, CO, United States 06-07-13
    Josette LITTLETON, CO, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic story- terrible reading"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To have readers you can actually understand. the parts read by the author were great, the other almost intolerable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Someone who can read and enunciate. It is Ok to have an accent, but the 2 readers are very difficult to follow and understand. I almost made me stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe that no one listen to the terrible reading before releasing such a great book. Whom ever directed the reading needs to be fired!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy worcester, MA, United States 06-06-13
    Betsy worcester, MA, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2010

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "The first part is wonderful, then it bogs down."

    While the narrators fit the story, it was hard to understand them at times, especially the woman. Was it "t-shirt" or "teacher, " for example. Usually the meaning is apparent, but sometimes there is confusion because you "hear" the wrong word.
    The first part of the story was exquisite, but then too many characters were introduced making me wish for more about the original characters.

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    g Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-31-13
    g Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an audio book addict. Love staging the drama in my head, especially psychological intrigue and mysteries.

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    "A place and people you can hear and see vividly"

    Outstanding story of people, place (Kabul, Afghanistan). and the interaction of individuals, especially among family members; living in the turbulent environment over decades of social and political wars and change. The narration is exquisite. The story progresses like a well developed and directed film that showcases a stellar cast. I thought that Hosseini could not top himself after the Kite Runner and A thousand Splendid Suns. How wrong I was! Hosseini just gets better and better. I can hardly wait to read his next book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lincoln 05-30-13
    Amazon Customer Lincoln 05-30-13 Member Since 2010

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    "And The Mountains Echoed"
    What did you like best about And the Mountains Echoed? What did you like least?

    Narration is horrible. Cannot understand the accent of the narrators. Thus audiobook is useless. Useless.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Bad


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Washington, DC, United States 10-26-13
    Peggy Washington, DC, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Authors should not read their own books."

    And the Mountains Echoed is wondrous book, consistent with Khaled Hosseini's other work. He is an extraordinary writer, who tells of places few have visited. Each of his many characters come alive as he offers poignant glimpses into the life and culture of Afghanistan. Why, then, does he read his own stuff--causing the listener (or me at least) to strain at meaning, and even back up to re-hear to certain sections. We don't need poorly articulated reading (it's not just the accent) to understand the otherness of the culture and people he creates for us.

    Normally I return such books. In this case, because the writing is so good, I am not going to request a refund. However, as a well read listener, I want to be heard on this issue--both to encourage author's not to read their own works, and to discourage publishers who permit or encourage such readings. It can almost ruin a beautiful book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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