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And the Mountains Echoed Audiobook

And the Mountains Echoed

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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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    Victoria 08-17-13
    Victoria 08-17-13
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    "Disappointing"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration (except for the brief sections read by the author) really detracted from the story. Because of the strong accents, I found myself trying to concentrate on the words themselves and at times I had to go back and listen a second time to the sense of the story. Hosseini's beautiful prose was frequently lost in the harsh tones of the narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always enjoyed Hosseini's previous books. This one would definitely be better in a non-audio version. He has tried to present a good overview of his native country and how the conflicts of many decades have affected the culture & the people. It is a complicated society.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    A. Paz California, USA 03-10-15
    A. Paz California, USA 03-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not my favorite Hosseini novel, but still good"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    As with his other novels, Hosseini does an amazing job telling stories that are warm, touching and incredibly sobering. A great exploration of human reality and a wonderful portrayal of Afghanistan. I did not love how this book is written, telling the story each time from the perspective of a different character (I am sure there is a literary name for it which the more educated readers probably know). It did not allow me to connect to the plot and characters as strongly and emotionally as I did in Hosseini's other novels.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the authentic narration and the fact that Hosseini does not allow his novels, in their recorded productions, to be watered down by bland American accents. Having authentic Afghan readers makes a huge different. I cannot understand how some other international writers do not see that and allow their writing to be butchered by Americans who do not speak the novel's native language.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Byron 10-15-14
    Byron 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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-29-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "THE POMPOSITY OF THE PLACE"

    A MAN CAN NOT WORK IF HE IS THIRSTY
    Chapter one is a fable and it is good.
    Chapter two is not good and read by a guy who sounds like he has a swollen tongue.
    Chapter three is fairly interesting about twin sisters, one is beautiful and one is ugly. Hosseini often has people in his stores who are not pretty. In other words, real people. This is read by a heavy accented woman, but her tongue is not swollen.
    Chapter four is a very long boring story. (couple of hours long) The only thing interesting about it is that it is a different culture and the gay issue. If this had been written about the same guy in the United States it would have not been worth publishing. I like my neighbors, but their lives are not worth reading about anymore then my life is.
    Chapter five is read by Mush Mouth and I called it quits.

    I loved The Kite Runner and A thousand Splendid Suns. This is written well like they are, but the story is not interesting.

    Why the producers of audio books have not figured out how important the narrator is to the story I have not figured out. A lot of sales well be lost, because the producers could not figure out the effect of Mush Mouth.

    3 of 4 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.


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    Gerri 02-14-14
    Gerri 02-14-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Unique & Interesting"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Max 10-18-13
    Max 10-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Did not enjoy as much as his other books"

    finished this book a couple months ago, and now can't even remember if I got to the end or not. It was more of a poetic story than his other books, and not so amenable to intermittent listenings, and hard to understand the narrators - I usually like narrators to have natural accents, but these were a bit too strong accented for me to follow. Just didn't catch my enthusiasm.

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    karen 08-23-13
    karen 08-23-13
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    "Strong srart; weak finish"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have focused the plot on the lives of the sister and her brother. Too many characters were brought in who did not enhance the story at all (I.e. why did we have to know so much about the background of the Greek doctor and his camera? Or the girl with the face disfigurement?)


    Would you ever listen to anything by Khaled Hosseini again?

    I would consider it. I loved the Kite Runner.


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

    The male narrator was fine. I did not enjoy the woman with the French accent. I found her accent to be distracting.


    Did And the Mountains Echoed inspire you to do anything?

    Download and listen to a better book immediately.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a shame that a book with such a strong, attention grabbing beginning would become so very boring mid-way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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