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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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    Pam Framingham, MA, United States 12-03-13
    Pam Framingham, MA, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A disappointment after two good reads."
    What would have made And the Mountains Echoed better?

    A series of short stories that didn't hang together.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    Good narration, disjointed story.


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

    Cut nothing, join more.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried really hard to get to the end of this, but it just kept falling apart until I gave up.

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    Marsha Fayetteville, AR, United States 11-21-13
    Marsha Fayetteville, AR, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I really tried to love this book"

    I can't help but think this would have been much better with different readers. I liked the fact that there were both male and female readers but their accents were so thick that it was a real effort to understand the words. I think this took away from my enjoyment. The story was in turn engaging and emotional then tedious and plodding. One minute I was totally engaged with a lump in my throat on the verge of tears and the next minute I was zoning out trying to figure out why there was so much mundane detail. All in all, not nearly as good as the author's other book..

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    Gina 11-20-13
    Gina 11-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another masterpiece!"

    Khaled Hosseini, is a wonderful story teller... beautiful story, I wish it had been longer

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    L. Marino San Antonio, TX USA 11-14-13
    L. Marino San Antonio, TX USA 11-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I expected more"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    Following on the heels of his Blockbuster first novel, I expected more. The problem with this novel is there are too many story lines, shifting in both time an perspective. It lost me in the middle and never regained my interest.


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    Margo 11-14-13
    Margo 11-14-13 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Couldn't Finish This One"

    Imagine my surprise! Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns were excellent books, but this one doesn't even come close to their caliber. This book jumps around from history to current, and within that, from family to family. I think I have about 2 hours left to finish the book, but it's just not worth the effort. I don't care enough about any of the characters to wonder what might happen to them in the remaining 2 hours of the book. Bummer.

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    Marylou 11-12-13
    Marylou 11-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Hello, I enjoy participating in 2 book clubs and this website makes it easier with my busy schedule as a Realtor for Keller Williams.

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    "I thought Kiterunner was the best book of the year"
    Any additional comments?

    and I loved "A thousand splendid suns", and this book was right up there!
    This author is consistently good and I recommend him!

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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 11-12-13
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 11-12-13 Member Since 2006

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    "So fascinating, yet hard to get"
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic emotional storytelling


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

    All the authors other books.


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

    Great emotional voices that makes the story get very much alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nor laugh nor cry, but it certainly has the potential to bring up emotions of many kinds. It touched me very much.


    Any additional comments?

    As with the authors other books, I had a hard time figuring out the identity of everybody, because the story jumps in time and place. I struggled a lot with who-is-who and what were their names. At these points I would have liked to page back in a physical book to brush up on names.

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    Larry 11-11-13
    Larry 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Definitely not the Kite Runner"
    What did you like best about And the Mountains Echoed? What did you like least?

    Decent story but so disjointed that it was hard to follow.


    If you’ve listened to books by Khaled Hosseini before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as the Kite Runner


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Had a difficult time even understanding two of the narrators.


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

    Yes


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    Sam New York, NY 11-05-13
    Sam New York, NY 11-05-13
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    "Poor narrators"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book/story is worthy of read. The audio version offered by Audible is intolerable. Monotone, poor diction..I abandoned it after a few hours and went for a printed version


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    Petunia East Tawas, MI, United States 11-05-13
    Petunia East Tawas, MI, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it, based on reality and very informative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of And the Mountains Echoed to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    based on real events, but fictionalzied


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first one i listened to


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

    would have if i could have


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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