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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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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 05-31-13
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Prepare your heart"

    I loved this book from beginning to end. The narration was perfect, except for one section where, for some reason, Navid Negahban’s accent seemed to get strong enough to be distracting. That said, I could not imagine listening to the book without these voices. Shohreh Aghdashloo’s musky tones are particularly mesmerizing and I was glad it ended with her.

    The story—about family; about duty; about losses and loves that “echo” forever; about bonds broken, sometimes irrevocably and sometimes not—starts in the fifties and follows the characters until the present, except “follows” is the wrong word since this tale is not told chronologically. You are with one character, leave him or her to go visit another, rediscover that person again at another time and place and get glimpses of what has transpired while you were away. Back and forth until the story comes to a close about which I can’t really say much without spoiling it. Suffice it to say that Hosseini pulls a forgotten memento out of his pocket and makes the moment magical. You gasp, in awe.

    The language is lyrical. The emotions are true and poignant. At one point, I was listening while driving and broke down in tears (pretty embarrassing since it was in broad daylight). At another, I felt compelled to stop reading and call my mother who lives in another state just to say hello in the middle of the day. Hosseini reminds you how easy it is to lose the thread that binds us. To take care.

    I hope it doesn’t take him six years to write another gem.

    10 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Deer Park, WI, United States 07-02-13
    Jeff Deer Park, WI, United States 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.



    11 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 05-24-13
    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2004
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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 …

    19 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Murrieta, CA, United States 10-09-14
    Michael Murrieta, CA, United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story...tough to follow narration"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    I have listened to A Thousand Splendid Suns and it was great. The Problem with And The Mountains Echoed, is that the 2nd narrator that comes on is so hard to understand. He reads incredibly slow and with a very thick accent. So difficult to follow...and if you speed up his read in the Audible App (even just 1.5), then you can't make out 50% of the words. Frustrating


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kurious 09-22-14
    Kurious 09-22-14
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    "Please drink some water"
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    I loved all of Mr. Hosseini books but this is my least favourite. I think there were too many characters. Loved the readers, they did it beautifully but I often felt the urge to offer them a glass of water, which was distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Edmeade 09-21-14 Member Since 2014

    I love to read!!!! Especially when I am driving.. I listen to my books almost everyday.

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    "Not good...keep your money"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    No. The accents are too thick.


    What could Khaled Hosseini have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Refer to question 1


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Accent was not appealing.


    Any additional comments?

    Me and my friend from work was reading the book and I had to stop because the accents were too thick. I could not understand the story. Would not buy again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    stiletto_diva 08-31-14
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    "Hosseini Delivers Another Beautifully Woven Tale"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    I have read Kite Runner and A Thousand Suns twice now, and have no doubt that I will come back to this listen to this book again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a finally woven tale of how one decision made with good intentions leads to unrealized consequences that spans generations and countries. It's a tale of love, betrayal, loss, suffering, longing, secrets and how we can be connected to strangers in ways we never imagined. I also loved the historical context that Hosseini provides on the history of Afghanistan and its people and evolution of their culture.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Being able to listen to the narrators tell the story in their ethnic dialect was a whole new experience and extremely enjoyable! I am a Persian-American and to listen to the narrators tell the tale with accurate pronunciation was a fabulous experience, it made me feel as though I was experiencing the story first person.


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

    A finally woven tale of how one decision made with good intentions leads to unrealized consequences that spans generations, connecting strangers in ways they never imagined.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great narration. I would highly recommend this audible book as a first time experience to those new to Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Army wife Tennessee 08-21-14
    Army wife Tennessee 08-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Too many characters."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think I would have really enjoyed this story if it had been a movie. I've read his two previous books and loved them. This one had so many characters with names that were difficult for me to keep straight.


    What was most disappointing about Khaled Hosseini’s story?

    Already interested.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, in general he does.


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

    Nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ACARP Torrance, CA 08-10-14
    ACARP Torrance, CA 08-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the narration."
    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far I've loved all of Khaled Hosseini's books. Listening to his stories of life in Afghanistan make you appreciate how really good we have it here in the U.S. I really liked how he mingled those stories with stories of how people change and adapt to life in the West. I also really enjoyed the narration. A few words were hard to understand, but overall I felt the different voices and accents helped tell the stories better. You really felt connected to the tales.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And the Mountains Echoed?

    I really liked the tale of the doctor and what happened when he went back home to the U.S. I think for most people, this would hit home.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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