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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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    Kelly Acworth, GA, United States 06-13-13
    Kelly Acworth, GA, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous!"

    Loved this book, and I was sad when it was over. Hosseini is a brilliant weaver of tales, and the narration of this book is very rich. What more can you ask for? Fans of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns will not be disappointed. Now the long wait for the next Hosseini novel....

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    Lisa WINTER GARDEN, FL, United States 06-13-13
    Lisa WINTER GARDEN, FL, United States 06-13-13
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    "A Wonderful Book!"

    I loved this book. It is a beautifully woven tapestry that moved me and changed me as a reader. The way Khaled Hosseini tells the story of so many generations and families - how their lives collide. It makes you think and reevaluate your own experience as well as your thoughts on what life must be like for others.

    I really enjoyed the readers. The voices are accented, but not heavily. It flows nicely and it's easy to follow while listening in the car.

    Enjoy!

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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 06-12-13
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Master Storyteller Misses the Mark"

    I loved The Kite Runner, and really enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns, but I just couldn't get into Khaled Hosseini's latest novel And the Mountains Echoed. The overarching story is of a brother and sister, but the many parallel and connecting stories dragged down the narrative. I understand what Mr. Hosseini was trying to do and in some cases it works. He is a master story teller and some of these side stories were incredible, while others felt flat.

    My biggest problem with this book was that I never felt a relationship with any of the characters. I always wondered when we would get back to the main story arch and when we did it always felt underwhelming. This is still a good novel but no where up to the caliber of his past work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    matthew san diego, CA, United States 06-12-13
    matthew san diego, CA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2008

    I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile

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    "Long and confusing"

    I have been an avid fan.I liked Kite Runner a great deal and Mr.Hosseini was the narrator as well.He has a wonderful voice and often pauses just long enough for the story to sink in.I also read A Thousand Splendid Sun,which I highly recommend.This book,while initially interesting,slogged along and got mired in a patchwork of confusing characters that sometimes had similar names,such as Peri,Perwana and with the Greek doctors mom being called Audie and his friends mom called mama.I usually listen for an hour a day uninterrupted,but with this crazy change of characters and a constant,baffling array of flashbacks I was lost and often replayed the chapter to see if I could understand the relationships of the people involved better.To make matter worse,the main narration has been done by two native speakers of Farsi.I could tell,because my good friend is from Iran and certain words sound like other words in English as th- becomes just t- or e-and i-are reversed in their slurred pronunciations.I think the author wanted the audio versions to be more realistic and dramatic,so he thought this would add to the performance.There are also some heavily French accented parts that had me lost as the letter h-would simply be dropped.Overall the story starts out great with the brother and sister whose father must sell the sister to help the rest of his family.The long loosely related relationships seem like they could have been started in the first half of the book and tied together in the second half.Instead we learn about a plastic surgeon from Greece who likes to travel and his dreaded mother and childhood friend who was disfigured by a dog.I wanted more about Afghan culture.Instead I was dragged off to Greece,France and the United States as the shattered lives of the characters found their new horizons.The book sort of devolves into a depressing ending where people try to find some self-discovery in lives of servitude to the family they love.Perhaps reading it would have been better or maybe I will try listening another time in half hour increments.This could have been another epic book,but with such a big cast there were too many loose ends and a disappointing ending.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    carla GUALALA, CA, United States 06-11-13
    carla GUALALA, CA, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Producers should be fired"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    How anybody could kill such a beautiful book by having it read with almost impossible to understand narrators is absolutely impossible to fanthom. I finally bought the actual book, so I could understand the story, which is up to Khaled's usual standards. I have live in 7 countries, and never had any problem with language or accents, so don't think the problem lies with me. Looking at other comments, I see that I am not the only one.

    Maybe having to buy two books is a good merchandising plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely and totally. Redo this book with only Khaled as narrator and I'll buy it again.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is terrific, if you READ it not LISTEN to it.


    Any additional comments?

    REDO THE AUDIO BOOK VERSION (caps intended)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Henrik Herndon, VA, United States 06-08-13
    Henrik Herndon, VA, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2005

    I'm an audiobook nerd living in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the time of writing, I'm approaching 400 audiobooks.

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    "Big disappointment - consider yourself warned"

    Almost 400 audiobooks under my belt and this one represented the biggest disappointment so far. And it could have been avoided so easily.

    Here is the situation:

    Khaled Hosseini is an amazing author and a brilliant narrator, so I could almost not wait to get my hands on "And the Mountains Echoed".

    Opening chapter is awesome and Mr. Hosseini is narrating. I was sure that this would be a memorable book.

    And then catastrophe strikes: There are two additional narrators that do not have English as their mother tongue, but unlike Mr. Hosseini, they have STRONG accents. Although it got better as the book progressed, I had to use 90% of my brain capacity on understanding what was being said. Completely ruined the experience.

    And to add insult to injury, the director of the audiobook decided that Mr. Hosseini should only narrate two chapters and that the two other narrators should share the rest.

    Big disappointment and a horrible decision by the producers of this audiobook.

    And what about the story itself ? No idea. Lost track. Ask someone that did not try the adiobook version.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea rogue river, OR, United States 06-08-13
    Andrea rogue river, OR, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "You will love this book! It's worthy of a credit ,"

    This book is a wonderful winding poignant story.its worth 2 credits!!! I loved it so much.Its still with me many days after reading it.

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    Michal L. Jones Shelocta, Pa USA 06-07-13
    Michal L. Jones Shelocta, Pa USA 06-07-13 Member Since 2013

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    "captivating"

    After the Kite Runner I was anxious to read another of Hosseini's books. I cannot begin to describe the pictures he paints with words or summing up in one or two sentences the feelings and depth of soul he gives to a character. I wish I could have written them down (I listen when I'm driving). One of the characters has Alzheimer's and he writes a note which is found after his death. It says something to the effect "I'm about the drown, and it's going to take a long time". Or the beautiful "goodnight" of a father to daughter where he circles his finger around her head to draw out the "bad dreams' and puts them in an invisible sack and then runs his finger around again to give her good dreams. These characters are real and become your friends who you care for, and cry and laugh with. Set in Afghanistan, and following the characters from 1940 to 2010 the background and the history of this beautiful country and the people are brought to life. The stories don't seem to have any relationship to each other but then the intertwining of the lives from Paris, Afghanistan, Greece, and San Francisco coalesce through the generations. The book is narrated by the Author and his Afghani accent only further brings the characters, and country to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen Laurinburg, NC, United States 06-06-13
    Maureen Laurinburg, NC, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Author's aren't narrators"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have loved this author's other books and was really looking forward to this one, but the story was often lost in the very poor performance. The female voice was fine, but the other two were not. Very disappointing.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pam FAYETTEVILLE, AR, United States 06-06-13
    Pam FAYETTEVILLE, AR, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Worth waiting for..."
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Three words just won't do it. Mr. Hosseini is a true treasure and this book is the epitome of the expression "anything worth having is worth waiting for." The story has lingered with me so strongly that I haven't wanted to start another book -- and I am envious of people who haven't read it because they get to read it for the first time! The reason I gave the performance 4 stars instead of 5 is that the accent of one of the narrators made him somewhat difficult for me to understand until I was able to adapt to it, which I eventually did. Thank you, Mr. Hosseini.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was so strong that I was able to completely give myself over to it and allow it to carry me along.


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

    The narrators facilitated a feeling of "cultural presence" that I would not have had if I had read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm getting older - don't wait six years to publish your next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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