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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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highly recommended

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

This is one of the best audio books I've listened in recent years. I read the kindle version of the book at the same time which clarifies certain place names for me.

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

The cultural description in this part of the book is both deep and touching.

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

The author narrated his own book which added extra emotions to the story.

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

definitely.

Any additional comments?

Anyone who is interested in cultural diversity should read and listen to this book. You won't be disappointed!

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i hate when his books end

If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

powerful, emotional, descriptive

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

incomparable really but I liked it as much as Cutting for Stone which is my favorite book.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

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

cry and laugh

Any additional comments?

one narrator I had difficulty understanding and had to replay a few times.

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good book on human relationships

same as above title - listened to all books of khaled - like the author

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now a favorite! incredible story telling! moving

I highly recommend this book. beautiful story telling. masterful plot.
I definitely am going to read the rest of hasseinis books!

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he's back!!

great book. i loved how it was told from multiple points of view. must read

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Tender and Moving

Our lives are entwined in ways we don't always expect. We all touch each other. This is the story of And the Mountains Echoed. It is a universal theme told masterfully in each chapter. The narration is well-done and adds to the feel of the story.

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Terrible Narration

Another example of the narrator(s) destroying a novel. I could barely make it through this book and only finished because I must read it for my book club.

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Don't waste the credit!

This story was drawn out from the beginning. Very hard to follow and not gripping at all. It was like pulling teeth for me. I had to constantly go back to listen again n again. Extremely boring! Don't waste your time.

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Great book!

This is an elegant story in which you can get lost. As it switches voices chapter to chapter, it takes a second to figure out who's talking (which is likely solved if you read the hard copy), but the story telling is exquisite.

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Bad choice of narrators

Some chapters were great but mixing up narrators with different accents that struggled with the reading itself and making it feel forced was a bad choice. The book was great overall but the audio book could have been a lot better