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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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    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.


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    Tina 08-06-14
    Tina 08-06-14
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    "Khaled doesn't disappoint!"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    I would listen to this again because it was a delightful story with many well defined characters to love and hate. Khaled weaves many characters and POV's in this diverse story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite characters were Pari and Abdullah brother and sister that were almost physically entwined with a strong sibling bond. My other favorite was the Uncle Nabee.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many great scenes to pick from. The book keeps you engaged at all times.


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

    It had some shocking secrets and events that make you cry and smile. Most of all the story keeps your interest to the very end.


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    Rose Marie Holt Nampa, ID USA 07-26-14
    Rose Marie Holt Nampa, ID USA 07-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5%


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

    The red wagon


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like that Afghani narrators including the author were used. They narrated at a measured pace. Without good equipment some English words and many French words might be tough to untangle. I didn't mind. I can't imagine trying to sound out place names, character names and other Middle Eastern words in print.


    If you could take any character from And the Mountains Echoed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Abdullah


    Any additional comments?

    This book will lead you through some dark and bright places. It evokes strong emotions.

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    Chris 07-20-14
    Chris 07-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Love strong female characters, like twists and unpredictable story line. Love it steamy. Recent favorites; Game of Thrones, Divergent...

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    "Good Read."

    Not as good as Kite Runner or Land of Thousand Suns. Unlike the first two books, did not get the feeling of being there, the vivid visuals.

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    SENT 07-02-14
    SENT 07-02-14
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    "Another good book by this author"
    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Found myself not able to listen in a relaxing mood but had to listen intensely to understand what narrator was saying. Another good book by Khaled Hosseini but unfortunately the audible presentation is spoiled by the narrators Navid Negahban & Shohreh Aghdashloo who have a very heavy accent that makes it really difficult to follow what they are saying. Mr. Hosseini should have read the whole book like he did his first two.


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    Wandering Hoosier Washington, DC 07-02-14
    Wandering Hoosier Washington, DC 07-02-14 Member Since 2013

    dog lover

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    "Fabulous Book but Not Hosseini's Best"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I couldn't figure out how the book was going flow--until after the first two hours. But then I couldn't stop listening to it. Granted, parts of it were more enthralling than others, but, overall, I really enjoyed listening to the book and found the audible format very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hosseini does a great job teaching the reader about Afghanistan's history and especially, how the country's history has affected people differently. In the book, we see common parts of the same story relived through the eyes of many different characters. The lives of each of the characters intersects in a brilliant and not contrived way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved hearing Nabi's story. When the author introduces Nabi, he can hardly be seen as a sympathetic character. However, seeing Nabi's full life unfold and Nabi mature throughout brings out the story of a very complex, but yet thoughtful, character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship between Nabi and Suleman moved me greatly. The two had a special relationship wherein they both gave each other everything they could in a way that they could continue to co-exist. Their love for each other touched me more than more traditional love stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Clearly, Hosseini is a brilliant storyteller. And he tells his stories against the background of a country--Afghanistan--in which few write about or personally know. While I really enjoyed this book, I can't say it was my favorite of Hosseini's. However, I view this book as one of the best books ever written and the audible version is extremely well done. Even one who doesn't normally listen or like audiobooks won't regret listening to this one.

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    G'amazing 06-18-14
    G'amazing 06-18-14

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    "Such a disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know. I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns, both the story and the narration of it. And it could be that the story in this book is just as intriguing, but I cannot get past the horrible narration to even follow the story line.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I am very interested in learning about that part of the world and its history.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have to speed up the female narrator's voice...it drags so much. Like nails on a chalkboard. One of the male narrators does a good job, but the other one is also very difficult to listen too. I don't know which of the male narrators is which though to say who it is.


    What character would you cut from And the Mountains Echoed?

    I am hoping that the book itself is as excellent as his prior two books - I just loved reading them. Its just the audio version is so hard to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to many audio books, some are excellent, some are just okay. This is really not okay.

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    Susan 06-14-14
    Susan 06-14-14

    This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.

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    "Good, but not as good as I'd expected"

    I read A Thousand Splendid Suns and expected another excellent story like that one. It is pretty good, but I wouldn't have read A Thousand Splendid Suns if I'd read this one first. There were too many people in this story that they just seemed to be all over the place. Even when the connection was made, I still felt something had been lost in the telling of what should have been a good generational story.

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    Sonja Brewer Yarmouth Port MA 06-05-14
    Sonja Brewer Yarmouth Port MA 06-05-14 Member Since 2012

    author of Surviving NORMAL

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    "Exotic, Melodious and Intertwined"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    Yes - it is so nice to have this very different view of a country from the inside out. It is not all about conflict and terrorists. Imagine that. It's about people like us, real thinking and feeling people living in a different yet beautiful culture and environment.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved their speaking voices and at times difficult English. I walked around imitating their accents. I wanted to hear more.


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

    Lifetime connections built on moments in time


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    Barbara WIRTZ, VA, United States 06-02-14
    Barbara WIRTZ, VA, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I've tried over the past months, but . . ."
    What would have made And the Mountains Echoed better?

    I just cannot get through it. It's so slow, don't like it. :o(


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

    .... I don't know


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I couldn't tell you, to be perfectly honest.


    What character would you cut from And the Mountains Echoed?

    same


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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