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'm an audiobook nerd living in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the time of writing, I'm approaching 400 audiobooks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The story was so strong that I was able to completely give myself over to it and allow it to carry me along.
The narrators facilitated a feeling of "cultural presence" that I would not have had if I had read the book.
I'm getting older - don't wait six years to publish your next book!
I didn't have any trouble with the accents and Im kind of surprised a lot of other people did. The story was good but there was too much jumping around between characters and between generations for me to keep up with. I have a hard time with any book that has a lot of characters. At the end when they focused only on the two main characters and only in one time frame I really started to get interested but then soon after it was the end.
I am an audio book addict. Love staging the drama in my head, especially psychological intrigue and mysteries.
Outstanding story of people, place (Kabul, Afghanistan). and the interaction of individuals, especially among family members; living in the turbulent environment over decades of social and political wars and change. The narration is exquisite. The story progresses like a well developed and directed film that showcases a stellar cast. I thought that Hosseini could not top himself after the Kite Runner and A thousand Splendid Suns. How wrong I was! Hosseini just gets better and better. I can hardly wait to read his next book.
This third novel will not disappoint you. The accents of narrators enhance the story and provide a rich reinforcement to the multiple points of view Housseini employs.
And the Mountains Echoed grabbed me from the start, and never let me go. Khaled's style of writing is superb; filled with profound insight, wisdom, and grace. Even as I am enjoying the tales, I can't help but also think of the man writing them, and how keenly observant he must be to the world around him. Fantastic book, and impressive author. I cannot recommend this enough! It's a bedtime story for grown-ups in the most delightful way!!!
English Mystery Collector
After the power of Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns this book
left me cold. It just jumps around with little or no depth. In spots there
are glimmers of what this author is capable of but they don't last. After
the long wait this book was a waste of my time and suffering through it
has left me resentful.
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