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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

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Not to be missed!

Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I could not put this audiobook down. Like other Housseini books, the complex characters stay with you long after the end. Agree with others that the author's narration was difficult on the ear, but the chapters narrated by Shohreh Aghdashloo more than made up for those. (I think I could listen to her read a dictionary and still be entertained).
Great book and I especially loved the way the intergenerational stories were linked together. Must listen.

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Poor Narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love audio books and I have listened to Khalid Hosseini's first two books and loved the experience! But not this one, unfortunately. I wish Khalid Hosseini had read the entire book himself. The other two narrators were very disappointing. Heavily accented, slurred speech at times, made it hard to listen leave alone enjoy the experience. Sorry about that!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Abdullah. I felt his pain on parting with his sister.

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

Nope.

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

Maybe not.

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WARNING:Read this book instead of listening to it!

Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

Absolutely not. The heavily accented voices of Mr. Negahban and Ms. Aghdashloo make it very difficult to follow the story. I have enjoy listening to Mr. Hosseini read his books in the past, and I wish that he had narrated the entire book this time as well, instead of just one chapter. I almost gave up about halfway through.

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  • Erin
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  • 08-14-13

Great book! Great Listen!

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What a treat to hear this story through Khaled Hosseini's own voice. This book follows the same great writing style and character development that I have come to love in Hosseini's other works. I am sad it is over and am already missing the characters.

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Khaled Hosseini does not disappoint!

I loved his other books and couldn't imagine how this one would live up to the others but it does. As with all his stories, it takes a bit to learn and be involved with the characters but by the mid point of the book you are fully involved and yearning for a happy ending for them all. As an added bonus I feel like it provides insight into the history of a culture-an added bonus that I appreciate. A must for any Hosseini fan.

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  • Franklin
  • Tallahassee, Florida, United States
  • 08-14-13

Awesome story

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I did not want to finish this book. I had read his two previous ones and knew it would be the work of a genuine storyteller unlike any I'd ever heard. Loved the readers; they gave it authenticity and feeling. Don't rush through this; it's real people and real life.

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You must listen to this incredible book.

Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

By far one of the best

What did you like best about this story?

This is a book of stories. Each story is unique. I did not want to stop listening at the end of the day. I dreamed about the characters in these stories. I have read Hosseini's other books and I thoroughly enjoyed them. This book may be the best yet. The audio was wonderful but I would also like to read the hard copy.

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

I loved them all.

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Please listen to book. It's worth every minute.

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  • April
  • Richmond Hill, GA, United States
  • 08-13-13

Worth a read but not my favorite Hosseini offering

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini was not all that I hoped it to be...it was good, don't misunderstand, but the other two were better and The Kite Runner is still my favorite.This one is mercifully less graphic than the other two. I say "mercifully" not because the author was ever harsh for harshness sake. Quite the contrary, I have always found his harder scenes appropriate. I am just a bit weak natured when it comes to those things. FYI there are a lot of reviews criticizing the accents in the narration. It is thick at some points, but I really liked it. It gave an authenticity to the read and added a deeper level of connection for me at least.

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MAGIC

i was really inmerse not only in the history, but also i was actually there, living with the people, suffering and absolutely transported.
the readers are magnifecent.Not only the wonderfull voices, but it was the accent that made it so beautifull

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Very dark and depressing

This was so dark and depressing we didn't finish the first CD. We were on a road trip and my sister in law asked me to stop playing it.