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 globefrom Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinosthe story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each passing minute.
©2013 Khaled Hosseini (P)2013 Penguin Audio
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!!!
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 …
English Mystery Collector
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.
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.
i`ve read the Kite runner and A thousand splendid suns. BOTH awesome!
old voices, strong accent, a bit of misspelling
To have readers you can actually understand. the parts read by the author were great, the other almost intolerable.
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.
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!
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
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.
I am an audio book addict. Love staging the drama in my head, especially psychological intrigue and mysteries.
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.
Narration is horrible. Cannot understand the accent of the narrators. Thus audiobook is useless. Useless.
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.
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