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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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    S.L. Southern U.S. 07-07-13
    S.L. Southern U.S. 07-07-13 Member Since 2013

    S.L.

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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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