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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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    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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    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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    Brandy 05-02-16
    Brandy 05-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Story Echoes"

    Khaled Hosseini has a special talent for writing stories that ring horribly true, yet despite the subject matter that might seem too sad or immoral to bear, the beauty of his narrative and the wonderful building of each character produce something beautiful and satisfying. So it was with Kite Runner and in my opinion, even more so in And the Mountains Echoed.

    Afghanistan is a country that calls up bleak images to my mind, but in this book the author manages to provide the reader with a different set of images and more vivid colors for this part of the world. This is a story of a family first torn apart and then mended to some extent. The end does not try to justify anything, but it does allow one some measure of hope.

    I am positive that everyone will enjoy this book. It's appeal is universal.

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    mohammed abu omiesh 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Another heart aching yet heart warming novel by KH"

    a lovely read that transforms the reader into a world of agony, love, war, & reality. In this novel the author intricately reveals lives of todays, tomorrows, & yesterdays. It triggers the reader to review his own life, its present, past and future to be. I would have loved though for the author to have narrated it all as other performers made the listening so troublesome at points. the pace of narration kept changing from narrator to another which made the listening experience less enjoyable unfortunately.

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    Kathryn Nowoswiat 04-17-16 Member Since 2015

    A good book helps me get through a long run :)

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    "Not my favorite of Hosseini's"

    I couldn't stop listening to The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns so I was eager to get started on this one. But I never really got pulled in by the story here. I like how we learn the outcomes of the initial story through different characters but it felt very disjointed to me. I was a little disappointed with this particular book, but think that Hosseini is a fantastic writer nonetheless.

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    Tabitha 04-15-16
    Tabitha 04-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "love love love this story!"

    I read it the first time. I loved it so much that I bought it in here to listen through a second time. You won't be able to turn it off. The story pulls you in and keeps you there.

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    Roxanne 04-08-16
    Roxanne 04-08-16
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    "Wonderful!"

    I very much enjoyed this book as I have the others by this author. The audio production with more than one narrator was a very effective way to tell the story and very much added to my enjoyment of it. I would recommend this to anyone who liked this author's previous books.

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    Lee Jee Hoon 03-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sad Stories of Afghanistan People"

    I came to understand much more clearly the situations, hardships, culture and some part of the history of Afghanistan. The wars and ways how they have lived and are living. It was much heart-breaking to know a little bit of the women's way of living. I sincerely wish the situations get better and happiet for the people ASAP.

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    Scott Griesser 03-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Did not finish"

    narrators were hard to understand making the book hard to follow. only got a few chapters in and will just read this one myself

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    Gate City Binding North Carolina 03-24-16
    Gate City Binding North Carolina 03-24-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Good,However"

    Enjoyable yet confusing, several characters, alternating time periods. Left me wanting Cliff Notes. Wife enjoyed!

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