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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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    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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    Hung Maywood, NJ, USA 06-24-13
    Hung Maywood, NJ, USA 06-24-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Good, but not even close to Kite Runner"
    What did you love best about And the Mountains Echoed?

    When I listened to Kite Runner, it blew me away. A Thousand Splendid Suns was a big disappointment, this book is better but not even close to Hosseini's first book. It's a very heart wrenching story of a family torn apart leading the listener to anticipate some kind of triumphant reunion or redemption to tie everything together, but it ends with a lot of loose ends. The story jumps from character to character as frequently as it jumps narrators. I agree with the other reviewers that switching of narrators is very distracting. I loved listening to the author's voice and accent. I was hoping that at least, they would take turns, but after the first chapter, the rest of the book is read by the other narrators with very thick, hard to understand accents. Perhaps the book might have made a better impression on me if I had read it instead of listening to it.


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

    Kite Runner. It was written by the same author and is a much better story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Across the generations and across continents comes an epic story by the author of the Kite Runner.


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    Suzanne 06-21-13
    Suzanne 06-21-13
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    "Horrible narration of a good story"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Life love loss


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    3 narrators only could understand one due to the heavy accents. Very slurry speech. I literally had to strain to make out the words - I gave up on the two narrators.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I've read the authors other books and loved them. I can't believe such poor narrators were chosen because it ruined the experience and story for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria 06-20-13
    Maria 06-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Difficult to understand readers"
    What disappointed you about And the Mountains Echoed?

    The story got lost in my continuous effort to understand the readers.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    l


    How could the performance have been better?

    Readers should not have foreign accents that make them difficult to understand


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

    The book was good but I didn't get to enjoy it


    Any additional comments?

    Pass through full chapters just to not battle the reader

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Woodmere, NY, United States 06-20-13
    Katherine Woodmere, NY, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book begins with a compelling, provocative story, but then takes many twists and turns and brings the reader new stories that are also interesting, but not as interesting as the initial story. I found myself becoming frustrated with the other stories, just wanting to get back to Pari and Abdullah, or becoming annoyed that the other stories weren't given more attention; the book has a number of wonderful stories that could each have made fantastic full-length books, but compiled together felt that the different story lines were shortchanged, and as a reader I felt lost.

    I also really did not care for Navid Negahban as a narrator; his voice was somnorific and hard to understand. He was exhausting to listen to. I wound up purchasing the book just so I could read his sections. Khaled Hosseini was a great narrator, and I wish he had done more.


    If you’ve listened to books by Khaled Hosseini before, how does this one compare?

    I have loved Khaled Hosseini's other books, so I had such high hopes for this one. It is therefore a shock that this one is just not as good.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Buy the hardcover"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    What was most disappointing about Khaled Hosseini’s story?

    It was very disjointed, The story jumps around both with the characters and timeline. Half the time I had to go back and reread chapters to fiqure out who the characters were and what year it was. I should have read the book review before I bought it to listen to.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from And the Mountains Echoed?

    I don't think an editor could fix it


    Any additional comments?

    In all seriousness read the book if you want but do a paper version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Hampstead, NC, USA 06-18-13
    James Hampstead, NC, USA 06-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice story but not what I expected."
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    Yes. This book was more about family relationships, choices, and commitment than a 'page turning' historical fiction novel. The story itself is nicely woven together and, as good writers do, puts meaningful words to describe complex feelings and behaviors that provided perspective for me personally.


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    Miriam Venice, Fl, United States 06-18-13
    Miriam Venice, Fl, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A real eye opener"
    What made the experience of listening to And the Mountains Echoed the most enjoyable?

    The different family characters and how they moved into each others life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them~ It is too hard to pick just one~


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

    Very good narration and I like having all three in one audio book, especially the author


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

    The father and his love for his sister


    Any additional comments?

    I shall read this again as I truly love the author and his other two, books, THE KITE RUNNER is one of my very all time favorites. The author makes you think how we are so blessed to live in America and have all the things we enjoy so freely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan BROOKHAVEN, PA, United States 06-17-13
    Megan BROOKHAVEN, PA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Stunning and powerful listen"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    Absolutely!! A complex and moving tale rich in detail and beauty.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of each character and the seamless way the story unfolds through each individual story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They were all wonderful.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This has quite possibly become my favorite fiction work ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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