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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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    Jeff Virant Deer Park, WI 07-02-13
    Jeff Virant Deer Park, WI 07-02-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Better narration please!"

    Hosseini has an amazingly intimate understanding of human relationships and invests it in his novel. However, the narration is one of the most difficult I have ever heard. Rather than relaxing and submerging myself in the literary art of the author, I am constantly struggling to understand what is narrated, frequently replaying sections. While meaning absolutely no disrespect for the individual narrators or for any ethnic accent, I can come up with no reason whatsoever why a book narrated in any given language shouldn't indeed be narrated in that natural language rather than heavily accented from another language. If I write a book in English but wish it to be narrated in Afghanistan, I would make a point of finding a narrator who spoke natural Pashto and/or Dari, not in a heavily accented foreign-language translation. Just writing this note leaves me frustrated since I doubt it will reach any ear that will have any constructive effect. I must assume that the author himself is involved in the choice of the narrators and I do wish he were able to see this comment in the respectful manner in which it is intended.

    16 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Williamsburg, VA, United States 05-27-13
    Sue Williamsburg, VA, United States 05-27-13
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    "Storytelling at its best"

    I find the writing of Khaled Hosseini to be magical and this book does not disappoint. However, if you are expecting a similar book to the previous two by this author, don't.

    This book is very different. The style is different, whereas, there is no stand out scene nor is there a build up to a conclusion. It is the story of various characters, each separate and distinct from one another, but there is are threads that connect the characters to one another. The storytelling is beautiful. Imagine yourself sitting outside on a beautiful day under a tree with your grandmother or grandfather telling you stories about your ancestry. That's how I felt listening to this book.

    Hosseini weaves the themes of family, heritage and guilt throughout the character's stories and the how and why each deals with these themes is interesting and thought provoking.

    There are so many different facets to this novel that I enjoyed that it will take me some time to reflect on them. I will be recommending this to my friends and look forward to discussing the book with them. A solid 4.5 rating from me...I thoroughly enjoyed two of the three narrators. The third was not bad, I just enjoyed him less.



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    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 05-24-13
    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "ONE OF THE BEST AUDIO BOOKS AVAIALABLE"
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    This book is SO good it reminds me of how crappy most of the other books I listen to really are. I listen to many audiobooks. I have 4 active audible accounts. Most of the books I listen to are, at best, casual entertainment while I work. They are not great. This book IS GREAT. It is a treasure! It makes me sad because I know that soon this book will come to an end, and when it ends, I will be back searching through all the mediocre books again. Always searching, always hoping that I will find a book like this one. Books like this are as rare as can be. If ONLY there were more like this …

    20 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Khamidulla Normuradov 07-09-15
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    "weaker than first two books of the author"

    start is intriguing, first half is ok, last third is mediocre. worse than previous works.

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    Gina M. Rendon TX 06-25-15
    Gina M. Rendon TX 06-25-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Big fan of this author"

    I have read all of Khaled Hosseini's books, and they all have so much depth and emotion and even humor. There are a multitude of lessons in them, inspiring words, deeply sad circumstances and encouraging turns of events... This particular book is different than the first two and tends to jump around in time and from different characters' points of view, but it is on par with the earlier books from this author in quality and complexity. I find this author is for the thinking reader... It's not a light read but something for someone who wants more than that - someone who wants to be touched by something far removed from themselves and yet not so different after all.

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    Daisy 06-15-15
    Daisy 06-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book."

    The narration was excellent. The accents were native to their culture. It was beautiful story telling from another world.

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    Rhonda Pilgrom 06-07-15
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    "My expectations were too high."

    Narration was terrific. Story was a challenge to follow. Did not pick me up out of my chair and hold me captive like his first two books.

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    Ryan 05-19-15
    Ryan 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not really worth the time or money."

    Scattered and hard to follow at times. One of the narrators had an especially thick accent that was so hard to understand. Not my favorite of Khaled's books.

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    Lynn 05-11-15
    Lynn 05-11-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Compelling"

    Powerful. The choices made by those closest to Abdullah in selling his three-year old sister,Pari, create an emotionally complex story that becomes more powerful with the turn of each page.

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    Lorraine Manoukian 04-24-15
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    "Facinating story....but"

    I felt that the female voice was very hard to understand. I had to either listen closely or
    play those parts again. This was not as riveting as The Kite Runner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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