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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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    Susan 06-14-14
    Susan 06-14-14

    This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.

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    "Good, but not as good as I'd expected"

    I read A Thousand Splendid Suns and expected another excellent story like that one. It is pretty good, but I wouldn't have read A Thousand Splendid Suns if I'd read this one first. There were too many people in this story that they just seemed to be all over the place. Even when the connection was made, I still felt something had been lost in the telling of what should have been a good generational story.

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    Sonja Brewer Yarmouth Port MA 06-05-14
    Sonja Brewer Yarmouth Port MA 06-05-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Exotic, Melodious and Intertwined"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    Yes - it is so nice to have this very different view of a country from the inside out. It is not all about conflict and terrorists. Imagine that. It's about people like us, real thinking and feeling people living in a different yet beautiful culture and environment.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved their speaking voices and at times difficult English. I walked around imitating their accents. I wanted to hear more.


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

    Lifetime connections built on moments in time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara WIRTZ, VA, United States 06-02-14
    Barbara WIRTZ, VA, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I've tried over the past months, but . . ."
    What would have made And the Mountains Echoed better?

    I just cannot get through it. It's so slow, don't like it. :o(


    Has And the Mountains Echoed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    .... I don't know


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I couldn't tell you, to be perfectly honest.


    What character would you cut from And the Mountains Echoed?

    same


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    Michael 05-18-14
    Michael 05-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good storytelling, annoying reading"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    Yes re Hosseini, no re the narrators


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    First half was strong. Second half lost steam. No satisfying ending either -- which is ok since it was basically a set of independent stories.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reading the stories in Afghan accents was annoying, but one of the narrators in particular made me want to turn off the book. It was a good book but I really disliked the reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arabella 05-12-14
    Arabella 05-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story but might be better read in print"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    I really like this author. Sad to say, it was very difficult to understand the readers as their accents were so heavy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And the Mountains Echoed?

    The separation of the brother and sister.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The accents were too thick and it made listening hard.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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    D. Lloyd 05-01-14
    D. Lloyd 05-01-14

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    "Accents and cadences cause confusion."
    What did you like best about And the Mountains Echoed? What did you like least?

    I most liked the stories that took place in Afghanistan, and the really, really beautiful writing. I least liked the performances.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    So many compelling characters' stories were left incomplete or were poorly tied to the other stories.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Though the language of the novel was so beautiful in English, the pronunciations and the cadences of the readings left much to be desired. Mispronunciations could eventually be figured out if you were concentrating hard. Much worse was the lack of pausing, esp.by Ms. Nagahban, leaving me often hanging in time and place, and having to rewind over and over to figure out who was talking and how we had jumped from one subject or place to another. A simple pause would have allowed the listener to recognize the space between two paragraphs. No help that two characters had the same name. I blame the producer.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think it would be better as a movie because the time constraint of a film would force the screenwriter to choose the most compelling characters' stories to follow and make sure each subplot had an arc and a climax.


    Any additional comments?

    A great audiobook keeps me incredibly calm (in L.A. traffic) and incredibly fit (a four mile hike becomes five without even realizing it). I was sure this was going to be one of those because it came so highly recommended. It was not. I hate to say it, but I looked forward to finishing it so I could move on.

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    S. Boroumand 04-30-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Performance by Mr Negahban was dismal"
    What did you like best about And the Mountains Echoed? What did you like least?

    I love how each story he tells is an echo of the fairy tale told at the begining of the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Ms Agdashlou was so so. I know she can do a better job than what she did on the audio. I've seen her perform in roles where she spoke English and she is an Oscar nominated actress. Her tolerable performance compounded with Mr Neghaban's awful reading of the story (at times I felt he doesn't even understand what he is reading - it is just awful) so I think that it was most likely the director who didn't do their job. Btw, Mr. Hosseini is a wonderful narrator! I enjoyed the parts where he read the book.


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    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 04-12-14
    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 04-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Ambling"

    Like many-many, I loved the Kite Runner and looked forward to more stories from this talented author. Alas, this story, while well written, seems to amble around and only loosely connect the disparate parts.

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    Guru K. 04-08-14
    Guru K. 04-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Had to translate the reading"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    No idea, the story completely passed me by while trying to figure out what the readers were saying.


    What was most disappointing about Khaled Hosseini’s story?

    The reading.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    How about the actual Author?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The fairy tail at the beginning was cool, but that was about all I understood.


    Any additional comments?

    Learn to cast readers, it's a performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Possas Phoenx, AZ 04-06-14
    N. Possas Phoenx, AZ 04-06-14 Member Since 2004

    Peeved in Phoenix

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    "Beautiful story-narration mediocre"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not sure that I would recommend this book in audiobook format. Each of the collection of stories is narrated by a different narrator. Mr. Hosseini and Ms. Aghdashloo were easy to listen to and although they both have an accent, their telling of the story was not intrusive to the story. This was not the case with Mr. Negahban. Heavy accent combined with odd cadence and inflection made for difficult listening. I bought the book in Kindle format so I could read his parts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were memorable; tragic and sympathetic at once.


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

    No. There was too much to absorb.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Hosseini's command of the English language is impressive. He is a true wordsmith, much of which is lost in this format. I'm glad I listened to this book, but now I will read it in Kindle format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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