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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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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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    moe CT 08-15-13
    moe CT 08-15-13 Member Since 2008

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    "3 in a row!"

    When this book was first released, I was a little bit slow to download it. I wasn't sure that his third book would equal the others, but I was wrong. Yet another excellent, layered story from Khalid Hussaini. The people, politics and poverty of Afghanistan spring to life in the hands of this skillful writer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth J. Tarry-crowe Ann Arbor MI 08-15-13
    Elizabeth J. Tarry-crowe Ann Arbor MI 08-15-13

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    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Poetic
    Layered
    Compelling


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

    Yes, but I would recommend LISTENING to it as I think the author's voice, plus the 2 others lend a veracity and gave me connections to characters I might not have gained by reading it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The narration of Uncle Nabi's relationship to Suleyman Whadati (his letter to Pari)


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

    no, it's best enjoyed in a leisurely way, the way you enjoy poetry or music


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marg224 USA 07-03-13
    Marg224 USA 07-03-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Loved it1"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Don't let this one slip by. It's great, has all the aspects that make a novel great.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    You actually forgot it was only one person, the range of this reader was awesome.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cried in a few places, but, it was ok.


    Any additional comments?

    Bought this novel based on the author's reputation and was not disapointed. Have read his other novels and this one was among the top.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Charlottesville, VA, United States 06-29-13
    Peter Charlottesville, VA, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Great story, horrible narration!"

    I listened to, and very much enjoyed, the author's first two books, which he also narrated. So when I saw he was also narrating this latest offering, I downloaded it with great anticipation. After only a couple hours of listing, I had to turn it off, as the narration was of such poor quality. I struggled to understand the additional performers, so much so I was unable to engage in the story. I understand including these others narrators is supposed to give a greater sense of "authenticity" to the story, but their performances are distracting and at times barely understandable.

    I know I'd love this story, but I am unwilling to continue the struggle to understand. As an avid audiobook listener, I fully understand it not only takes an engaging story, but skilled narration to make a performance "work". Sadly, I will be unable to finish this book, and recommend you download with caution.

    Warning - the "sample" narration included by Audible is of the author, who only does portions of the book, and is not indicative of the other male and female narrators - the ones I, and it appears many others, struggle with.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaron Skokie, IL, United States 06-28-13
    Jaron Skokie, IL, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book terrible narration"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Read the book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Haled Husseini does a good job narrating and Shohreh Aghdashloo starts bad and improves somewhat later in the book but Navid Negahban is a disaster to the point that I almost stopped listening in the middle because I couldn't enjoy his parts at all.


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

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Carrollton, TX, United States 06-03-13
    Kenneth Carrollton, TX, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't Listen if You're Asleep,"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    No! It's someone talking with their hand over their mouth and leaving out a lot of the vowels.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Khaled Hosseini again?

    No! The author should try plumbing.


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

    What performance?


    What character would you cut from And the Mountains Echoed?

    The Mountains did a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    This is like listening to a book read backwards. Save your time and money.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Seattle, WA, United States 05-25-13
    Gail Seattle, WA, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Patient Quiet Unfolding~Knee Bending Masterpiece"

    How is it possible for one man to find within him three such rare, ethereally magnificent, terra shaking literary gems? I say this as a woman in her mid 60's with almost 3,000 titles in my Audio.com library and who has read almost a book a day from the beginning and who was taught early about building memory castles so as to remember to this day almost each word read. ( Sorry about only writing 20 reviews, but I am working on that for my children so they may know an inner me). I also say this as a reader who upon finding even one line, or a moment by an author will be sure to read every word written by said author. So why you may wonder am I so rocked by this one author's body of work? Forgive me if I start with discussing my experience while inhabiting this work...this world.

    How is it even possible for an author who must know from the beginning how blown away the reader may be as the latter portion of the book starts to echo louder and louder...to so slowly and patiently...even ordinarily, perhaps intentionally not extraordinarily quietly unfold layer after layer, perhaps even risking losing the concentration of the reader...to wait to reveal his hand?

    Having been so moved by his previous works, I was impatient to get to the magic...so much so I actually gave up thinking that this quiet, impressive literary work would ever evoke something rare. From the beginning I was engaged with the characters and story line and at times would oooh then sigh quietly at a special turn of words or added layer of enlightenment, but thought it (even though more superbly written) similar to other books in many genres which cover a cast of family members over three + generations told from various viewpoints at different moments in time. Unfortunately all this normal, respectful adherence to this fine work was done quietly in private...only to lead to me gasping out loud in line at Trader Joe's, totally unable to curb my emotions, stop my eyes from welling up, breathe and not tilt my being...(thus causing other shoppers to reach out for me probably thinking I had just learned of a family death or something)...This happened in the midst of a unique telling of a characters story (Involving a camera) then as I realized the depth and level the inner thoughts were reaching levels few could reach on thier own I was grabbed. Luckily I found my way home to pace back and forth such as I do as I am adding to my memory castle knowing I am in the midst the rare and trying to ensure I get every word and nuance as it touches me at first blush...thinking I had it all...only to unintentionally scream out loud...not once but three times as I wrapped my mind around the fact that I had totally forgotten that special element revealed at the end, yet, not the easy ending, unfulfilled on some level but more real thus more special; like life actually unfolds. Only we the readers, those who have joined the author to view these lives from all sides know what might have been.

    After finishing my first reading, I pondered the title of the book. To me it was the opposite of a mountain echo. You know if you shout in the mountains and hear an echo...the echo starts out loud then fades ethereally away to another realm of sorts then it is gone. Well, to me this book felt as though the author shouted even trumpeted out to the mountains only to first hear the response as though from a place far away which then gos on to be heard louder and even louder until the mountains shake along with the hearers with its ongoing life force.

    I suspect that this book may not find its audience as strongly at first as the others. I do highly recommend reading this even if you are less emotive than I. It is beyond brilliant without bells, whistles, tricks or traps. I doubt even five readings will touch what is has to give.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 09-02-13
    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2009

    I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.

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    "Get readers who we can understand!"
    What would have made And the Mountains Echoed better?

    Okay, I've absolutely had it with these readers who have such thick accents that you can not understand them AT ALL in the car. Folks, audible is largely for those of us who spend a lot of time in the car, and this is the 3rd book that I've attempted to listen to this year where the choice of a reader was someone that I could not understand.

    there are plenty of actors out there where English is their first language who can speak in an accent to add some flavor to the book. But we must be able to understand the reader.


    Has And the Mountains Echoed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely. I should have heeded the advise of other reviewers.


    How could the performance have been better?


    Choose a reader where English is their first language but who have the ability to add an accent.


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

    I was unable to finish this book. A complete waste of my credit.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Santa Rosa, CA, United States 06-13-13
    Sheila Santa Rosa, CA, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Mr Hosseini Strikes Out"
    What would have made And the Mountains Echoed better?

    Clarity and continuity. The characters jumped all over the place. Just about the time i started caring about someone, he/she left the stage and i was thrown into a new plot, sub-plot, or continuation of three plots back.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I felt the accents were contrived.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. i enjoyed his first two books, but this one - not so much.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    05-27-13
    05-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "even better then the 2 first ones"
    What did you love best about And the Mountains Echoed?

    Even if the book makes a lot of references to Afghanistan, the story is universal and will record every one something he has lived or seen. the rhythm of the book will take you on a trip you will not want to end.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    the narrators are very good, just let you guide by the voices and see the land scape, the protagonists......


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    strong book it will not leave you indifferent


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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