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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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    Michelle 03-22-16
    Michelle 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my favorite of his books"

    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.

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    Loth 03-17-16
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    "Good, but not amazing."

    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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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA 02-24-16
    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA 02-24-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Narration very difficult"

    The story is good. But the narrators.... Ugh!!
    Someone mentioned that the male narrator sounded like he had marbles in his mouth. I agree. I know this accent, but he sort of slurred the words. I turned up the volume in an effort to understand him better. And the woman... OMG. She was easy enough to understand, but the gravelly voice was not pleasant. And she took a breath. In the middle of the sentence.
    I'm still listening to this book as I am enjoying the story and the eloquent use of the English language, but before I get another of Mr. Hosseni, I will certainly listen to a sample. Please Mr. Hosseni... If you read these reviews, think twice before using these narrators again. I have over 300 audible books and this one ranks at the very bottom as far as the narration goes.

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    Ruby South Hadley, MA, United States 01-02-16
    Ruby South Hadley, MA, United States 01-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    Great story lines that intertwine beautifully and gracefully. I was enthralled from beginning to end.

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    Kat 11-28-15
    Kat 11-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved this book"

    i read first and have listened to repeatedly. the timeline may be a challenge to some, but its so worth it. funny, poetic, charming, poignant at times... but just interesting and beautiful.

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    Shari L. Gent 11-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Paints everyday life struggles with a compassionate brush"

    This book truly humanizes the difficult choices some people have to make on a daily basis. It blasts holes in our prejudices and misconceptions about Muslims and Afghanis.

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    Stephanie 10-13-15
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    "Beautifully woven and told."

    Mr. Hosseini tells this tale so richly. You know all along that somehow the lives of the various characters are interwoven, but finding out how is such a treat.

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    Elizabeth 09-29-15
    Elizabeth 09-29-15
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    "I listened to it 3 times in a row"
    What did you love best about And the Mountains Echoed?

    I loved how the story is about Afghani culture and how it is not about Afghanistan but about people - any people anywhere.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So hard to choose. Pari? Nabi? Marcos? Thalia?


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

    You couldn't listen to this in one sitting. Too much going on in the story.


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    Daniela Uberaba, Brazil 08-28-15
    Daniela Uberaba, Brazil 08-28-15 Member Since 2011

    Professor at Federal University of Uberlândia (Brazil). I love romances and thrillers. Feel free to send me e-books suggestions!

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    "This book didn’t get me interested"

    I made a tremendous effort to continue to listen until the end, I usually spend 1 week to listen to a book. This one I spent more than 1 month and I didn’t finish. For me it was a waste of time and credit. I bought because the good reviews and previous books, but I thought very boring, monotonous and without great emotions. I have listened to hundreds books and my expectations were very high because the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I felt very disappointed. One of the narrators was terrible, I lost focus a hundred times and I needed to go back in order to understand what was happening.

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    Some what hard to follow characters but love this authors stories. There were parts that made me cry

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