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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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    Hannah 01-29-15
    Hannah 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A little lack-luster"

    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

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    Sophronis Mantoles Wayzata,MN, USA 01-22-15
    Sophronis Mantoles Wayzata,MN, USA 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story Not so great narrating"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, Great story, shocking!!


    What other book might you compare And the Mountains Echoed to and why?

    Not sure.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no depending on the narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Fatma 01-21-15
    Fatma 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Tear Jerker"

    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.

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    Margaret SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-27-14
    Margaret SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Six decades in the history of an Afghan village"

    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.
    Narration: excellent

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    Michael Murrieta, CA, United States 10-09-14
    Michael Murrieta, CA, United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story...tough to follow narration"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    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


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    Kurious 09-22-14
    Kurious 09-22-14
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    "Please drink some water"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jackie Edmeade 09-21-14 Member Since 2015

    I love to read!!!! Especially when I am driving.. I listen to my books almost everyday.

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    "Not good...keep your money"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    No. The accents are too thick.


    What could Khaled Hosseini have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Refer to question 1


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Accent was not appealing.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    stiletto_diva 08-31-14
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    "Hosseini Delivers Another Beautifully Woven Tale"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Army wife Tennessee 08-21-14
    Army wife Tennessee 08-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Too many characters."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think I would have really enjoyed this story if it had been a movie. I've read his two previous books and loved them. This one had so many characters with names that were difficult for me to keep straight.


    What was most disappointing about Khaled Hosseini’s story?

    Already interested.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, in general he does.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from And the Mountains Echoed?

    Nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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    ACARP Torrance, CA 08-10-14
    ACARP Torrance, CA 08-10-14
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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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