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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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    Amazon Customer 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So powerful!"

    What an amazing journey through the lives of so many characters! wish the male voice wasn't as difficult to hear.

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    mscosu 04-07-15
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    "wonderful writer, narrators could be better"

    it was sometimes difficult to catch what the narrators were saying due to their accent.

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    Jeanine 03-15-15
    Jeanine 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story of love and family"

    Wow... this book took my breath away. I woke in the middle of the night to continue listening.

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    A. Paz California, USA 03-10-15
    A. Paz California, USA 03-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my favorite Hosseini novel, but still good"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    As with his other novels, Hosseini does an amazing job telling stories that are warm, touching and incredibly sobering. A great exploration of human reality and a wonderful portrayal of Afghanistan. I did not love how this book is written, telling the story each time from the perspective of a different character (I am sure there is a literary name for it which the more educated readers probably know). It did not allow me to connect to the plot and characters as strongly and emotionally as I did in Hosseini's other novels.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the authentic narration and the fact that Hosseini does not allow his novels, in their recorded productions, to be watered down by bland American accents. Having authentic Afghan readers makes a huge different. I cannot understand how some other international writers do not see that and allow their writing to be butchered by Americans who do not speak the novel's native language.

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    Susan Arrieta 03-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    The author is a wonderful storyteller and I enjoyed the narration as well. I enjoyed this book as much as Hosseini's previous two books. His writing is so poetic and he is masterful at drawing you into each story that is told in this book. Truly enjoyable.

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    Amazon Customer 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "has soul"

    a great book with lovely stories that you cannot help diving into. Id consider turning it over and hearing it again.

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    laura chaplinski 03-05-15
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    "Beautiful."

    This is a wonderful story of family and love. I highly recommend this book. I loved it. You may too.

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    Meghan 02-19-15
    Meghan 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Afghanistan alive"

    Writers that can bring cultures and histories of faraway places alive are few and far between. This writer brings alive the culture and history of Afghanistan through a series of individual stories that tie together in a beautiful way.

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    Mindy 02-13-15
    Mindy 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant."

    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.

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    Mary 02-07-15
    Mary 02-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Too Many Echos"
    What would have made And the Mountains Echoed better?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Currently listening to 13 Moons


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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