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
Deep emotion, well-crafted story, triumph of the spirit
Abdullah never stopped loving his sister. His anguish and devotion. The sadness of their parting and the intertwining lives give me pause. I wished for it to turn out differently -- and I knew it could end no other way.
Three narratorsThe woman demonstrates the pathos in her female characters, especially the ugly twin. She was not a likeable character, but I found myself empathizing with her anyway.Both men reflect their narration sections well. The flavor of the characters and the places come through beautifully.
Each person sought to overcome a great loss. Each showed a resilience and brokenness that caught my heart. Even the ancillary characters seem vivid, broken, resilient, poetic and epic. In the end, only Abdullah, his daughter, and the plastic surgeon do not betray those they love. And Fari, the lost sister, atones for the betrayal of her adopted mother, and learns to love.
This amazing author has taught me three times to grieve for a land that is filled with so many conflicting traits -- a capacity for cruelty, a capacity for intense affection, resiliency in the face of impossible, unspeakable situations, and above all, a capacity for story.I once knew some people who lived in Afghanistan before all of the combat. They spoke of people with an ability to enjoy life, beauty in many ways, and the capacity for poetry and story.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to both for the story content and the performances. The accents of its three narrarators make the book much more realistic and interesting to listen to than if there were just one, accent free reader.
Hosseini is one of the most brilliant writers of the modern age, possesing the incredible ability of knitting together a wide range of characters and scenarios that, at one moment, seem preposterous, but in the next fit perfectly. You never know where he's going to turn, yet each surprise outcome is believable, real and lifelike. Though "And the Mountains Echoed" may not be my favorite Hosseini story, it is by far the best-written book. His superb skills are on full display here. As a writer myself, I am in awe of his amazing storytelling ability and his craft.
Warmth, reality, beauty.
No. It is quite long, as all his books are, and the subject matter is heavy. All his stories are deeply sad and amazingly complex, so I can only disgest so much at a time. That isn't a criticism, however, just an observation.
This is a must buy book.
The story felt disconnected to me.
I feel an accent other than the language in which the reader is reading is very distracting and can be difficult to listen to. I don't like to have to 'try' when I'm listening.
I am a devoted fan of this author and pre-ordered this book. Hosseini can capture love and heartbreak and bittersweetness in a story like no one else. This dear story is about sibling love and loss. Beautifully accented voices do the narration, voices that make you listen a little closer, draw in, and feel what is being said in a nearly tactile way. The story is rich and layered and satisfying. Hosseini doesn't give the ending that you want, he gives the ending that you know in your bones is true to life. He has given us another masterful story.
I’m probably the only person in the world that is not a Hosseini fan. I have read all three of his books. Same theme. Life is so difficult and not fair. Yeah, it is and life in the Middle East is so much worse than I can imagine. I just don't care for Hosseini's style. When I read or listen to a Hosseini book I feel like I’m following an ADHD child who can’t figure out where he’s really going or which story he’s going to tell next. I would just like to know if Hosseini has a different story in him.
Ocean at the End of the Lane
Was not very interesting
Would have sped up the story at the beginning
Just couldn't get into the story.
I liked multiple voices of narrators, music, accents which gave the story intimate feeling.
Beginning ? End? I don't know, the book as a whole is just beautiful, warm, I cried and laughed, and missed my Father while listening to it.
The story of one family
I'm looking for new listen but I doubt it will be as good as "and the mountains echoed".
Thank You Mr.Hosseini for letting me in to the history of your homeland, and it's beautiful, real people.
I was really looking forward to his new book. My favorite book of his is by far Kite Runner. I thought his second book: A Thousand Splendid Suns was just okay. I had my hopes up for this latest book to be as great at Kite Runner but I ended up disappointed. I felt the story was very hard to follow at times. With the different narrators and the story changing direction really made it difficult to follow even though the sections in the story were long. On numerous occasions I found myself going back in the story to re-listen so I could have a better understanding of the story. Additionally, I would have preferred there be only one narrator and for the story to be told in chronological order. It would have made it a much better book. I prefer Hosseini being the narrator of his stories. I'm disappointed that I'll have to listen to the entire book again at some point in the future to fully make sense of the story and better understand the characters.
tell it in chronological order
not telling the story in chronological order and multiple narrators
i will happily try to understand to a friend or stranger with an accent - but when it's this much of a struggle to listen to a book i bought? c'mon - really? i think one of the narrators has a slight speech impediment, and it's making some of the words, along with the accent, completely unintelligible. before you think i'm *that* person who doesn't like subtitles or won't take the time to acquire an ear for an accent, i am not. however, i'm half-way through the book and sometimes have to rewind and listen over and over to figure out a word. and many times, i don't get it.
i have read Hosseini's other books and raved about them. sorry Audible - i might have to return this book and read it in order to appreciate it.
a lot of the time i can't understand what the narrators are saying. very frustrating.
i'm sure the story is good - if i could understand the narration.
the authors previous books are magnificent to read and would highly recommend them to anyone. i have not listened to them.
Hosseini echoes an informed understanding of Middle East people. He gave us a picture of guileless guilt in "The Kite Runner" and evoked our tears in his hauntingly honest portrayal of women's plight in "A Thousand . . . Suns." Here he creates a mosaic of stories about people, young and old, virtuous and virtueless, who play the game of life with poignancy and purpose. His characters are so real I want to add them to my Facebook page. I'd read it again in a heartbeat and recommend it warmly to my friends who love to read (or listen to) stories that entertain while they add to one's knowledge of the world. We are as lucky to have this amazing author as he is to live in the United States of America.
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