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
My only complaint is rather my own limited mind. The stories are wonderfully told. I just wish I had known that this novel is actually about several different stories that cross sect only so briefly however so deeply. I am anxious to re-read it know that I understand it. His illustrations are so vivid and moving.
This book was difficult to follow with many characters and a lot of skipping about in time and between generations. It would be helpful to explain the connection of one character to another a little more as the book unfolds.
Currently listening to 13 Moons
Although the Afghanistan accents added to the authenticity of the story sometimes they were difficult to understand and their reading lacked energy. Professional readers would be helpful.
I loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, but found that I had a harder time getting into this book. It wasn't awful, but I felt this book's story wasn't up to par with the previous two books. Still remain hopeful for any new books of Hosseini :D
Amazing, Great story, shocking!!
The male narrator is easier to follow than the female. No offense to the female narrator but the accent makes it hard to follow at times.
Yes and no depending on the narrators.
I am listening to the book on my way to work and I really get into it to the point I sit in my car for an extra few minutes to finish the section I am in. The flow of the book is not straight forward but it does leave hints in place to connect the dots at a later time. The author swings back and forth in time and various characters come in and go as other people mentioned. The narrators in the audible version change and some of them are harder to follow than others. Overall excellent story.
Keep your tissue box near. I don't know how he does but Khalid Hosseini puts into words human emotion better than anyone else I've read. This is close to home for me especially the part about caring for aging loved ones and the strange feeling of guilty impatience and even shameful revulsion sometimes. I enjoyed this book very much.
A touching story beautifully told. Life in this Afghan village was not easy in the early 1950s when the story begins. Mothers die in childbirth. Babies die of cold because their fathers cannot keep food on the table and fuel in the fireplace. Families sell their young children for money to keep the rest of the family alive.
The story at the center of this complex novel is that of a brother and sister: she sold at age 3 to a wealthy childless artist in Kabul; he remaining with his father and the hard life in the village; and a lifetime of planning to reunite with his little sister. Branching off these two characters and their story are many characters and story lines set in divers countries and cities over 60 years. It's not a light read; there's a lot of real life in it. Lit freaks, prepare to be engrossed.
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
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.
I love to read!!!! Especially when I am driving.. I listen to my books almost everyday.
No. The accents are too thick.
Refer to question 1
Accent was not appealing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great book, great narration. I would highly recommend this audible book as a first time experience to those new to Audible!
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