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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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Beautiful

A tragic and beautiful story, filled with hope and love of humanity. I loved that the readers had accents that matched the locations. It made it more authentic for me.

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Heartwarming & Heart wrenching all at once . Definitely appreciate each story told within this book .V

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It's okay

So, this is my first Hosseini book and I've been told it's his weakest. I'll acknowledge that up front. I also get the idea that ALL of Hesseini's books are very, very sad... and this one is no exception.

Very simply, this isn't so much a novel as it is a frame story: e.g. an event happens and these are the stories of all of the people who surround that event. Some of them are directly related to the event, and some peripherally. A few of the stories (Nabi and Mr. Waditi especially) are incredibly fun to hear and some not so much.

The problem I had with the book is the ending, which almost seems purpose-built to be a kick in the teeth to the reader. No, not everything has to be happy, but COME ON. Anyways, if you love his other stuff, maybe this won't bother you. For me, no matter how well written a novel is (and this was... Hosseini is clearly a talented writer), I don't feel any inclination to spend my recreation time purposefully depressing myself.

Oh, and seriously to hell with that ending.

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Tough to Understand

this book was tough for me to follow because of the many characters and hard for me to understand due to the thick accent of the readers

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Best listen in a long time

Would you consider the audio edition of And the Mountains Echoed to be better than the print version?

I have only read the beginning of the book but the added real accents and voices was superb

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

The whole book was memorable. The many different stories revolving around the same event. The many moments of suffering from acts of duty

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

I loved the narrators. I loved all the different accents. It made the stories more authentic

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

It made me cry more than laugh. It made me have a more complete understanding of all our secret struggles.

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I would recommend this book to everyone. Especially now. With so much hate against a person because of the color of his skin or his accent. Should be mandatory reading in all middle and high schools.

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Beautiful and profound

The interlocking stories of the people in this book are incredibly compelling. Narration was incredible, and some of the insights were so profound they made me catch my breath.

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Thought provoking, heartwarming.

A storey of many ups and downs told in a mature, honest and entertaining way; Unlike other tails of the difficult walks in life with too much dirt, pain and sorrow to become attached too. You can find yourself in these characters and feel your own struggles in theirs. Deep and yet lyrical. Entertaining and enriching.

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Inspiring & heartfelt, as always

Khaled Hosseini never fails to amaze me with his beautifully crafted stories, the depth of his characters, and the grace with which he reveals the secrets and wisdom of the human experience. I also enjoyed the narrators and their ability to bring this book to life for me.

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Disappointed

After listening to Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns this book and was disappointing. I love A Thousand Splendid Suns and have listened to it several times. One of the narrators sounds like a heavy smoker and was very difficult to listen too.

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Amazing story!

I loved the tangled stories that we're wooden together so well. It is uplifting and heartbreaking. I did find the beginning kind of slow but by the end of chapter 2 you are hooked. Also the performance of several different voices truly helped define each character's story. Loved it!!