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And the Mountains Echoed Audiobook

And the Mountains Echoed

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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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    NH Carol NH, USA 07-22-16
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    "Tender and Moving"

    Our lives are entwined in ways we don't always expect. We all touch each other. This is the story of And the Mountains Echoed. It is a universal theme told masterfully in each chapter. The narration is well-done and adds to the feel of the story.

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    Book Club Facilitator Arizona 07-13-16
    Book Club Facilitator Arizona 07-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible Narration"

    Another example of the narrator(s) destroying a novel. I could barely make it through this book and only finished because I must read it for my book club.

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    Lisa 07-13-16
    Lisa 07-13-16
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    "Don't waste the credit!"

    This story was drawn out from the beginning. Very hard to follow and not gripping at all. It was like pulling teeth for me. I had to constantly go back to listen again n again. Extremely boring! Don't waste your time.

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    stellamcstella 07-05-16
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    "Great book!"

    This is an elegant story in which you can get lost. As it switches voices chapter to chapter, it takes a second to figure out who's talking (which is likely solved if you read the hard copy), but the story telling is exquisite.

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    Mir Abdul M. Hashimi 06-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad choice of narrators"

    Some chapters were great but mixing up narrators with different accents that struggled with the reading itself and making it feel forced was a bad choice. The book was great overall but the audio book could have been a lot better

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    Jennifer 05-21-16
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    "Reader gives Credibility"

    I have read the reviews of others, and do not understand the comments about the reader. This reader gives authenticity and credibility to the setting. Those reviewers who can't understand that need to get out more. As far as the story, it was excellent. It did have a tendency to ramble a little and you have to pay close attention as it jumps around to the various characters. Overall a wonderful book wonderful story right up there with Kite Runner.

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    rebecca holst 05-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, but not as strong as his 1st 2 books"

    Enjoyed this, but it wasn't as captivating as the Kite Runner or a Thousand Splendid Suns. I would still recommend it though.

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    Paul Graeve 05-15-16
    Paul Graeve 05-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "worth a second listen"

    Loved this book. Authors depth of understanding and feeling made this book akin to living more lives than my own.

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    Sarah 05-07-16
    Sarah 05-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    As wonderful as you can come to expect from Khaled Hosseini. One of my new favourites!

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    William T. Mendoza Seattle, WA, USA 05-05-16
    William T. Mendoza Seattle, WA, USA 05-05-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Heartbreaking"

    A multi-generational story of war, love, loss, identity, discovery, and finally, redemption. Sometimes good people do awful things and then have to live with the consequences. Hosseini's writing style is deeply human and his prose is skillful. Good performances.

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