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
I don't usually write reviews but I felt it necessary to address what I considered were a lot of negative reviews about this book. I loved this book but I had to come back to it a couple of times before I could get all the way through it. I don't know if it was the story or the narration but I do recall feeling the same way about Hosseini's previous books--it seems to me I did not make it through either of those without leaving them for awhile and returning at a later date.
This book even more than the others is an important work of fiction and I cannot stress enough that if you are a listener who has given up on this book, you need to come back to it and finish it. The ending is mind-blowing. I listen to books while I am delivering mail and at the end of this one, I was driving down the street with tears streaming down my face. I hesitate to go so far as to say the ending of this book will change your life...but it could.
It was read by people with a mid- eastern accent.
Feeling and Emotion
When Khaled started writing this book he wasn't sure where he was going. he brought it to a beautiful ending.
Just as good as The Kite Runner and better than Thousand Splendid Suns! Wonderful, sad, moving, epic. I think the narrators were excellent and I had no trouble understanding them.
Say something about yourself!
This was a little hard to follow at first because of the accents. After a bit it did become easier and I liked the story. It was sad, and it did portray things in what I imagine to be a realistic way. But this is not a feel good story.
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.
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.
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
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.
No -- I like a rich complicated story. These were fragments.
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.
Well they would throw out half the characters in writing the screenplay and tease out a narrative of interest. It might be ok.
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.
The story of several families, over decades, told by various members points of view.
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.
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.
Deep emotion, well-crafted story, triumph of the spirit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Warmth, reality, beauty.
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.
This is a must buy book.
The story felt disconnected to me.
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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