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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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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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    Scott Markleeville, CA, United States 08-15-13
    Scott Markleeville, CA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you like best about And the Mountains Echoed? What did you like least?

    I really can't separate the book from the poor narration, but I will give the author the benefit of the doubt based on his previous books. I will probably go buy a copy to read on my own. This version is impossible to understand. It's very frustrating to try to listen to a non-native English speaker butcher the syntax of a beautifully written book. I GET that the author is a non-native English speaker. HOWEVER, when I buy an audiobook, I expect to be able to understand the narrator's rendition. This is ridiculous. I feel like I am translating as I'm listening. I don't buy audiobooks so that I have to work this hard to understand the text!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can't understand what the narrator is saying.


    Was And the Mountains Echoed worth the listening time?

    Maybe--I can't tell.


    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 06-05-13
    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoy this Beautiful Book!!"

    Hosseini is an author that I stumbled upon in a search for something different to read. I am so glad that I did! The author reads the book, and I was a little concerned that the names in another culture might be confusing in an audible format. I occasionally got a little lost, but I later "reread" the sections--something that I rarely do. I have to say that Hosseini's narration really enhanced the listening experience. He writes in a unique voice and his descriptions are expressed in a way that crosses all cultural boundaries. This book is one to be savored.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 10-15-14
    Ronna 10-15-14
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    "Afghanistan's history through one family's history"

    AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini---This is a series of stories that connect to tell a family's 50 year history starting in 1952 in Afghanistan, with a poor man who has decided that he must take his brother's offer to sell his daughter to the brother's wealthy employer who has no children. As the daughter and her older brother were extremely close, this affects them the most. Though the daughter, at four years old, soon settles into her new family and her past is only a shadow in her mind until many years later. The brother was basically a parent to his little sister because their mother had died, so he was devastated.

    Chapters are told in the voice of various participants during different times in their lives. As the reader, we are drawn into the sorrows and affects of life and history of the people and of Afghanistan during this time period. Hosseini does a wonderful job of evoking the many feelings of everyone as they respond to life and their connections to one another and their places in the family's history, eventually returning brother and sister together as older and different people.

    I listened to the Audible version which was read by the author and two other Afghanis. This made it more authentic, but was sometimes a bit more difficult to understand because of the accents. But, eventually I caught onto the rhythm of the speech patterns and enjoyed it very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruthanne Davis Abilene, Texas USA 03-02-14
    Ruthanne Davis Abilene, Texas USA 03-02-14 Member Since 2013

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    "AND THIS BOOK ECHOES...."
    What did you love best about And the Mountains Echoed?

    The brilliant twists and turns of the plot. Dr. Hosseini is brilliant at captivating your interest and holding you hostage till the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And the Mountains Echoed?

    The medical descriptions.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Great depth of feeling...you feel as though you are experiencing every scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Khalad Hosseini and Abraham Verghese are two of my favorite authors...and both are physicians of note. Somehow they capture the heart and soul of their characters and, with their beautiful prose, make you feel honored to meet and experience their characters lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael San Diego, CA, United States 02-22-14
    Michael San Diego, CA, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I easily understood the narrations"
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    The book is another excellent work by Khaled Hosseini that captures the challenges of the human condition. My dyslexia makes pleasure reading difficult and I put off listening to the book for a year because of the negative comments concerning the narration. After reading Jane's review, I purchased and listened to the book. The narration was easy to understand and the accented voices added to the dramatic presentation. Thanks Jane

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renae 02-16-14
    Renae 02-16-14

    Just lovin' me some audio books!

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have loved all of Hosseini's previous books but this one was challenging to listen to. It involves many story lines, many points of view and jumping from present to past tense. And I'm usually ok with following along but this one was tough and the ending (when it finally came) dropped off like a cliff. And the narrators are DIFFICULT and frustrating to understand (and accents don't usually bother me).


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story itself has a good premise. Just too bogged down with jumping from characters to tenses to narrators.


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

    Hosseini for all characters.


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

    Depends.


    Any additional comments?

    Hosseini, please make more stories like the "Kite Runner." I feel it was your best work to date!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 02-15-14
    Martha 02-15-14
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    "Authentic voices and accents pull you in"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters all have their particular appeal, and their individual heartbreak. Mr. Hosseini always tells the brutal reality, but in a personal way that makes it possible to get your head around it. If only, if only, if only their circumstances were not so difficult, these people would be able to find their true voice in the world without so much unhappiness. They are good people. I think that is what holds me through the gritty parts--I feel there the author believes that people are good inside, even if their actions sometimes seem unconscionable.


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

    The writing is beautiful. The characters feel real, especially when given voice by the three separate narrative voices and their accents. My book group read the book and since I had listened I knew the correct pronunciation of names and places. I felt it gave a complete, immersive feel to my experience of the novel. The mesmerizing lilt and roll of English from Aghani men and women, even if it is not the Afghan language itself, took me to their world. It was perfect in combination with the fluid prose.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerri 02-14-14
    Gerri 02-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Unique & Interesting"
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    A story that was melodic and was told in such a way that I felt I was at a fireplace & the author was reading it to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Nightingale Florida 02-06-14
    B. Nightingale Florida 02-06-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Khaled Hosseini did it again--Wonderful!"

    I really liked Kite Runner, believed A Thousand Splendid Suns was heartbreaking but even better than Kite Runner, but And the Mountains Echoed is, I believe, the best of all three.

    This is multiple stories interconnected by family members, friends, and acquaintences. While listening to the three different narrators, it made these stories more real and interesting. It takes a little getting used to the narrators' voices with accents. I considered purchasing the hardcover book to review for spellings of names and places. This is a book I can listen to over and over again.

    I so believe this is a wonderful book and well worth reading or listening! Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SHARRON 12-03-13
    SHARRON 12-03-13
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    "Blows Away The Kite Runner!"
    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to this book! The lives of the characters were seamed together in such a beautiful way.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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