Regular price: $33.60

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Editorial 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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,754
  • 4 Stars
    1,123
  • 3 Stars
    675
  • 2 Stars
    203
  • 1 Stars
    118

Performance

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,622
  • 4 Stars
    932
  • 3 Stars
    513
  • 2 Stars
    185
  • 1 Stars
    166

Story

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,648
  • 4 Stars
    942
  • 3 Stars
    565
  • 2 Stars
    162
  • 1 Stars
    94
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • EricaA
  • New York, NY
  • 11-05-13

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

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Bonnie
  • Trinity, FL, United States
  • 11-04-13

Another wonderful book from the author

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I got completely lost in the book, I was sorry when it ended

Would you be willing to try another book from Khaled Hosseini? Why or why not?

yes, I have read all his books and have enjoyed all of them

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

yes, it was different listening but fun

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Another Hit for Hosseini

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, great book.

Any additional comments?

Hosseini is a talented writer and story teller. I should have done a character list. Listening to books is different from reading books....

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great story but hard to follow as an audio book

Any additional comments?

I had a hard time following the story on audio book format. After listening to the first 4 chapters on audible, I switched to a paper copy of the book and found that a lot easier to follow. Since the book switches to different vignettes with different characters in different time periods so much, it was hard to know what was happening. This is a shortcoming of the way audio books are read - there are no clues telling you that it is starting a new section or new paragraph, whereas in printed books there are gaps on the page or sometime special separator marks to signal the reader that a new scene is starting. When audio books are recorded, these clues to the reader are not verbalized.