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.
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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.
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.
A good book helps me get through a long run :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love Khaled Hosseini's books but this was definitely not my favorite. The story was ok, though I liked how the stories were all entwined. Two of the narrators had very heavy accents that made it very difficult at times to follow the story.
Story was certainly not as strong or compelling as Hosseini's previous two works. The cast of characters was both too large and too complicated in its connections between characters. This led to feelings of ambivalence towards most of the characters, excluding the lead characters.
In terms of performance, Khaled Hosseini's narration was good, Navid Negahban's was mediocre, and Shohreh Aghdashloo's was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed both the characters she portrayed and her performance of the readings.
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