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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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    Catherine newton, ma USA 07-09-13
    Catherine newton, ma USA 07-09-13 Member Since 2015

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    "beautiful story; Hosseini fans will rejoice"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    work of Art


    What did you like best about this story?

    structure of book, narration, poignancy of story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chauffeur's story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    thought it wonderful; brought lump to my throat several times


    Any additional comments?

    be patient with the narration, let the accented English wash over you. this book would have had much less impact simply read in written form: it was so much more beautiful, musical, and authentic read in native Afghani accents. take note of characters' names as you meet them, no matter how inconsequential a character may seem at the time; they will probably reappear later and you will have to recall their story. it might be helpful to write down names as you meet people.
    this book was an absolute treasure-and this from someone who adored Hosseini's first two novels. A Thousand Splendid Suns was one of my favorite books ever.

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    Laura Smith Washington 07-08-13
    Laura Smith Washington 07-08-13

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    "Great listen, but only small stretches at a time"

    I partly enjoyed this listening experience because of the readers who gave the narrative an authentic sound. Having said that, it was also at times difficult to fully melt into the story because listening to it required attentive listening, lest I misunderstand the *thick* speech. Definitely listen to the sample to determine if you can handle it. My husband couldn't make it through three minutes.

    The story itself was beautiful, with rich depth and a lovely balance between characters. Many of the characters were touched upon from the POV of that character for one segment of the book, and then that person might appear in another chapter from someone else's POV, and this spanned some 60+ years so sometimes we would see the same character as a child, an adult, and an old person. Brilliantly written.

    After finishing the book, I was left a little melancholy... a few of the loose ends were tidied in an unsatisfactory way. I'm not sure I would call this uplifting. Also, I will add that this is heavily character-driven and not a lot "happens." Sometimes I would be so totally bored I had to switch to another novel for a while. But when I came back to this one, I enjoyed it again and dove into it. I've read character novels with better pacing and I think this could have benefited from a better edit through some of the slower parts... having said that, I still recommend it. Good history, great descriptions of many landscapes and cultures in different parts of the world, excellent capturing of numerous characters.

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    Stefanie Gainesville, GA, United States 07-07-13
    Stefanie Gainesville, GA, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Requires More Attention than Typical Audiobooks"
    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was the most challenging to follow - a lot of characters and story lines going on. This is not a book to do housework to - better for a car ride or somewhere where you can really listen and follow.


    What other book might you compare And the Mountains Echoed to and why?

    Not sure. It's different than The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns in terms of structure and flow, but Hosseini's gift for painting a beautiful, rich detailed character and picture remains.


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

    You get different voices with this one - different narrators. Obviously brings it to life a little more. Not sure I loved all the voices.


    If you could rename And the Mountains Echoed, what would you call it?

    That actually is a perfect name - wouldn't change it.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful book. Some unresolved areas for me because so many characters were introduced.

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    Susan Edmond, OK, United States 07-04-13
    Susan Edmond, OK, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Again Hosseini delivers haunting characters"

    Afghanistan--the last place I would expect to provide the most enduring, complex plots and characters in recent fiction. Nevertheless, Hosseini draws the reader immediately into this land of contrasts and traditions, and it is easy to want the novel to go on for many hours more. When one puts down a Hosseini novel, its characters live on inside one's mind for many days. I can't help but wonder if the author is producing the subject matter for many literature students to come.

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    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 07-04-13
    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Stories Within Stories"

    I felt there were too many short stories all within the big story. If it had not been for the excellent story telling capability of Khaled Hosseini, this book would have been a complete flop. As it is, it was like starting a new book every few chapters. I like to get into a book and the characters. This one kind of danced around the room.

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    Susanne Elkins Park, PA, United States 06-30-13
    Susanne Elkins Park, PA, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2014

    Nurse. Yarn snob. Bookworm. Cat lover. Color enthusiast. Fabric collector. Gardener

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    "A Breathtaking, Multigenerational Story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the story spanned generations and linked characters across time. I also really enjoyed the incorporation of local Afghan folklore - fable-like stories that paralleled the characters' own lives.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I would. Initially, I had trouble with Shohreh's and Navid's accents as they affect the way I heard certain words. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this narration for listeners who have hearing difficulties.


    Any additional comments?

    Another stunning novel from Khaled Hosseini that takes the reader on a long and winding journey over decades, across landscapes, and in and out of the lives of extraordinary individuals.

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    Rupe 06-28-13
    Rupe 06-28-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Every book he writes is beautiful"

    Best book of the season. Mr Hosseini is a jewel of a novelist. Absolute must listen or read!!

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    Samantha TUCSON, AZ, United States 06-27-13
    Samantha TUCSON, AZ, United States 06-27-13
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    I have really loved all of his books and audiobooks but I really couldn't get into the narration for this one.


    What could Khaled Hosseini have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have someone else read it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hard to understand.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


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    Susan- Colorado Castle Rock, CO, United States 06-25-13
    Susan- Colorado Castle Rock, CO, United States 06-25-13
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    "wonderful!"
    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better performed audiobooks I've listened to! It was so special having the author narrate a large part of the book and the additional performers were incredible. I enjoyed the differing accents, which reflected each character, and made the characters come alive.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved the Kite Runner and 1,000 Splendid Suns, this is a must!

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    DC Susan 06-25-13
    DC Susan 06-25-13
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    "Probably better as a print book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I liked his prior books. This one is not his best, so I would only recommend it to people who are familiar with his work. I found the narration very distracting and, unlike most audiobooks, this one was easy to put down. I am struggling to finish it. I think this book probably is better in print.


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

    Not sure, but a stronger, deeper voice.


    Do you think And the Mountains Echoed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


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