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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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    Jeanine 03-15-15
    Jeanine 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story of love and family"

    Wow... this book took my breath away. I woke in the middle of the night to continue listening.

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    Susan Arrieta 03-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    The author is a wonderful storyteller and I enjoyed the narration as well. I enjoyed this book as much as Hosseini's previous two books. His writing is so poetic and he is masterful at drawing you into each story that is told in this book. Truly enjoyable.

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    Amazon Customer 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "has soul"

    a great book with lovely stories that you cannot help diving into. Id consider turning it over and hearing it again.

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    laura chaplinski 03-05-15
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    "Beautiful."

    This is a wonderful story of family and love. I highly recommend this book. I loved it. You may too.

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    Meghan 02-19-15
    Meghan 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Afghanistan alive"

    Writers that can bring cultures and histories of faraway places alive are few and far between. This writer brings alive the culture and history of Afghanistan through a series of individual stories that tie together in a beautiful way.

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    Mindy 02-13-15
    Mindy 02-13-15
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    "Brilliant."

    My only complaint is rather my own limited mind. The stories are wonderfully told. I just wish I had known that this novel is actually about several different stories that cross sect only so briefly however so deeply. I am anxious to re-read it know that I understand it. His illustrations are so vivid and moving.

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    Mary 02-07-15
    Mary 02-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Too Many Echos"
    What would have made And the Mountains Echoed better?

    This book was difficult to follow with many characters and a lot of skipping about in time and between generations. It would be helpful to explain the connection of one character to another a little more as the book unfolds.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Currently listening to 13 Moons


    How could the performance have been better?

    Although the Afghanistan accents added to the authenticity of the story sometimes they were difficult to understand and their reading lacked energy. Professional readers would be helpful.


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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 2016
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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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