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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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    Bonnie B holly spring, NC, United States 08-04-13
    Bonnie B holly spring, NC, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    This is the second book I have read by Khaled Hosseni, but the first audible. The narrators were perfect for the parts they read. Very engaging story.


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

    The story told by the father in the beginning


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The voices fit the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but could not


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    Colleen Brookdale, CA, United States 08-01-13
    Colleen Brookdale, CA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Love the book but I'm going to read it too"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    I love Khaled Hosseini. He was my doctor before his career as a writer began and he was a compassionate doctor with superior skills. As a writer, I have been absolutely blown away by his three books. I love this latest one but the narration made it hard for me to follow the characters and keep track of who was who. Typically a narrator will change the pitch of their voice when new characters are introduced but that was not done well here. I listen during my hour commute back and forth to work and I needed some distinctions to separate the characters. But, it's a rich, thought provoking story. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Don't miss the book because of the narration. The audio book was a good foundation and now the book will help me bring the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hosseini's books keep me engaged from start to finish. What I liked about this one was how the characters were intertwined and different generations were represented. What I also like about Hosseini's books is that we are reminded that there are not many differences between people despite the country and culture. That is what I try to remember as I hear all the news stories that concentrate on the negative. Travel has afforded me that viewpoint and books reinforce that when I get to go to another country via the written word.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just changes in pitch to distinguish the characters.


    If you could take any character from And the Mountains Echoed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    That's a hard one. There is quite an array of interesting characters. I'd have a dinner party at my house and invite them all.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep writing please. I'll await the next. From your favorite patient (now in San Diego). ;-)

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    Anne Hoover, AL, United States 07-30-13
    Anne Hoover, AL, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great storyline but confused about narration"
    What made the experience of listening to And the Mountains Echoed the most enjoyable?

    I have liked both "Kite Runner" and "Thousand Splendid Suns". This was a different take on life of Afgans esp who have left the country.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    First I thought that accent made it sound authentic but then when it was hard to understand some parts and had to listen hard, I wished it was something easier to comprehend without so much effort. The accent in chapter 4 was easiest to understand. There was no need to have that much Afgan accent when narrating events in France.I hope author decides on more western ear friendly narration for next book.


    Who was the most memorable character of And the Mountains Echoed and why?

    Neela, She was victim of narrow minded society. But she herself is also heartless in places like buying Pari, leaving Suleman after the stroke.


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    Dione Anderson kalamazoo, mi 07-28-13
    Dione Anderson kalamazoo, mi 07-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "His masterpiece among his masterpieces"

    I don't usually write reviews but I felt it necessary to address what I considered were a lot of negative reviews about this book. I loved this book but I had to come back to it a couple of times before I could get all the way through it. I don't know if it was the story or the narration but I do recall feeling the same way about Hosseini's previous books--it seems to me I did not make it through either of those without leaving them for awhile and returning at a later date.

    This book even more than the others is an important work of fiction and I cannot stress enough that if you are a listener who has given up on this book, you need to come back to it and finish it. The ending is mind-blowing. I listen to books while I am delivering mail and at the end of this one, I was driving down the street with tears streaming down my face. I hesitate to go so far as to say the ending of this book will change your life...but it could.

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    Rosalie Spingola Aptos, CA USA 07-27-13
    Rosalie Spingola Aptos, CA USA 07-27-13
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    "A Master Storyteller"
    What made the experience of listening to And the Mountains Echoed the most enjoyable?

    It was read by people with a mid- eastern accent.


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

    Feeling and Emotion


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    When Khaled started writing this book he wasn't sure where he was going. he brought it to a beautiful ending.

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    KarenLee Beaufort, SC United States 07-27-13
    KarenLee Beaufort, SC United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Master Storyteller!"

    Just as good as The Kite Runner and better than Thousand Splendid Suns! Wonderful, sad, moving, epic. I think the narrators were excellent and I had no trouble understanding them.

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    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 07-25-13
    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Worth a listen, but not breathtaking"

    This was a little hard to follow at first because of the accents. After a bit it did become easier and I liked the story. It was sad, and it did portray things in what I imagine to be a realistic way. But this is not a feel good story.

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    Fatina Bisat 07-23-13

    Tina

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    "Outstanding novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of And the Mountains Echoed to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately not. This is one of the rare audio books in which I had to interrupt the audio several times when one of the male narrators ( not Khaled Hosseini ) was on and refer to the book. I ended up finishing the book from the print edition.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I do not mind narrators with accents at all, I actually prefer that if the story calls for it but in this case one of the male narrators had a very heavy accent.


    Any additional comments?

    If there were more than five stars , I would have given it to this book. It is even better than his last two books, the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

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    Nancy Austin, TX, United States 07-23-13
    Nancy Austin, TX, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Hard to follow the disjointed chapters"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 previous Hosseini books so I was going to listen to this one no doubt. But yes I'd say a waste of time because it was not what I was expecting. Unlike the other books -- which were well-constructed novel length stories -- this one has a different character for each character whose "story" is told. The characters have some connection to each other -- but in a listening situation it was hard to follow. And most of the stories had not the wealth of even a normal short story -- more about developing a character just in time for their chapter to be over.


    Would you recommend And the Mountains Echoed to your friends? Why or why not?

    No -- I like a rich complicated story. These were fragments.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book had 3 narrators -- I had heard Mr. Hosseini narrate the other 2 books and I had heard Ms. Aghdashloo narrate another book. Their narration here was as good as I have heard them before. Unlike other reviewers I had no problem understanding any of the narrators.


    Could you see And the Mountains Echoed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Well they would throw out half the characters in writing the screenplay and tease out a narrative of interest. It might be ok.


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    Bonnie 07-23-13
    Bonnie 07-23-13 Member Since 2004

    I am a voracious audiobook listener. I listen to everything: fiction, business, technology, politics...I need an interesting story, intriguing characters, and a fast pace to keep me interested.

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    "Dr. Hosseini Does it Again! Yeah!"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    The story of several families, over decades, told by various members points of view.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how an ancillary character introduced in one chapter would become a narrator in subsequent chapters. I liked figuring out who was talking, their age, location and circumstances.


    Any additional comments?

    In "Kite Runner" Dr. Hosseini managed to interest me in a story of his homeland. In "A Thousand Splendid Suns," he impressed me with his ability to write convincing female characters. In this novel I RELISHED the variety of narrator voices, the intricacy of the story, and the profiles of humanity.

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