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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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

An unforgettable novel 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 sentence.

©2013 Khaled Hosseini (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Tony Burlington, ONTARIO, Canada 06-08-13
    Tony Burlington, ONTARIO, Canada 06-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "THE SUM OF THE PARTS"

    A beautiful story told with interconnected vignettes.Each of us has a tale which when looked at closely can be influenced or is influenced by our relationships with others.There are tragedies and love stories, passions and selfishness, decisions and outcomes. Is what we see the reality or an illusion. Khaled Hosseini is without question a leading light in literature today and the narration makes it a deeply moving novel. Do not miss.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 07-04-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 07-04-13 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Hosseini does it again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of And the Mountains Echoed to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the printed version. But I can't imagine that it could beat the audio book.
    The voices were so expressive and outstanding.


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

    I cannot think right now, of another book that I would compare And the Mountains Echoed to. It is quite unique in its constant switching from the past to the present, and at times, it took a minute to figure out which character was being featured. However, the overall effect was to weave all the various stories about the characters as children and as adults into a beautiful if not painful saga in which family members experienced loss and reunion, but not in a timely fashion, drastically affecting the outcome. A must read.


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

    I think Pari (spelling?) would be my favourite.


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

    I did all of the above. I laughed, I cried and felt deeply for the characters. The character development was one of the strengths of this book. I had read Mr. Hosseini's two previous books which I absolutely loved. This one was a bit different in its layout and premise.
    But it is a triumphant work that I am very glad I read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-01-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A sweeping epic of love and loss"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    Yes. I read A Thousand Splendid Suns" several years ago, and was thrilled when this book was released. There are several narrative styles, beautiful landscapes, and all the characters, even periferally, tie together in some manner of another. It is an incredible story of love, loss, deceit, and the things we fear.


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

    The story of Marcos and Talia.. the best of friends and unrelated siblings. While in some ways, Talia is periferal to the story, Marcos loves her deeply, and it parallels the relationship between Abdullah and Peri.


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

    Hard to say. There are so many...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book; I think maybe it could have been better if each narrative portion had its own narrator, rather than only three of them... but this is a minor quibble in a sweeping epic.
    I am glad I purchased this book, and will purchase A Thousand Splendid Suns soon; I have not yet read the Kite Runner, but also plan to do so.
    Good job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda E Roberts 05-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Soppy melodrama"
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    no thanks - I've read 2 of his books now. Stories of people behaving badly towards other people. I find the situations and conversations to be contrived. The stories are supposed to be heart rendering I suppose, but I find them predictable and melodramatic.


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

    His accent was kind of cute, but got annoying as the story dragged on.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I did a lot of groaning and eye rolling while repeating "Oh brother". Something like watching a Matthew McConaughey movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecelia squamish, BC, Canada 10-30-13
    Cecelia squamish, BC, Canada 10-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic book"
    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    Yes, in fact the second it was done I paused, contemplated the tale and restarted the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abdula. He was the cornerstone of integrity and love and yet also perfectly illustrates the main conflicts of the book.


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

    MaMa


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

    Yes. I couldn't put it down


    Any additional comments?

    I've been to Afganistan - on a mountain journey last year - and am fascinated by the land and its people. This book was incredible. It began with the famous Rumi quote: "Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I'll meet you there." The entire novel explores this middle landscape of the powerful human condition. I can't recommend it strongly enough.

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    mia Dollard Des Ormeaux, QC, Canada 08-25-13
    mia Dollard Des Ormeaux, QC, Canada 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "We are all links in a chain"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is layers and moves easily from character to time and place. I loved the narration and the music stirred in for effect. You are taken on a journey to places and decades prominent today and historically. It was great!


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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 08-09-13
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 08-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Seeing the world thru a different lense..."

    Hosseini's books may not contain the most likable characters - but they all keep your interest - warts and all - and as always a story line that keeps you listening to the end.

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