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And the Mountains Echoed

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4 out of 5 stars (6 notations)

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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

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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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Travelsome audiobook

This audiobook made me feel I travelled through time and several lives in different places. The caractères in the story are all connected, but in a bittersweet and very realistic way, no kitsch here! The quite accented reading might be challenging at first but really gives so much to the story, it was one of my favorite Features. However, I could Not help but take off 1 Star as the story is some times dragging. Does not compare to thé exceptionnal first 2 novels of KH.

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  • FanB14
  • 24/05/2013

Does the End Justify the Means

Hosseini writes and narrates an amazing and morally complex novel, hooking you from the start. A dark fairytale sets the scene for the many stories to come. The reader is once again in Afghanistan, but the trip feels completely different from "The Kite Runner" which was a unlike "A Thousand Splendid Suns". You also travel to other destinations and times as the seemingly disparate stories tie together.

What astounds me about this novel is how complex, thoughtful, and new are the scenarios and characters. While many authors churn out the same books year after year because the market supports this (i.e. Sparks or Piccoult), Hosseini took his time to create thought-provoking characters grappling with insurmountable odds.

In the beginning, a father faces a devastating loss and must choose the right path for his children. A choice he'll remember and possibly regret for the rest of his days. The overall theme is of making difficult decisions and living with the consequences. It begs the question, "does the end justify the means"? I won't give more details as not to spoil the experience. I found this novel rich, thought-provoking, haunting, and powerful.

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  • Michael
  • 22/02/2014

I easily understood the narrations

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The book is another excellent work by Khaled Hosseini that captures the challenges of the human condition. My dyslexia makes pleasure reading difficult and I put off listening to the book for a year because of the negative comments concerning the narration. After reading Jane's review, I purchased and listened to the book. The narration was easy to understand and the accented voices added to the dramatic presentation. Thanks Jane

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  • Joange
  • 07/09/2013

The narrations added to the story's authenticity

Another beautiful story by Khaled Hosseini. Like his other books, it is filled with sadness, hope and the importance of family. Unlike other readers who did not care for the narrations, they added so very much to the story. All the voices were understandable to me and made the story come alive. This is a story that spans generations and how the endless wars in Afghanistan have resulted in many levels of futility.

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  • Ruthanne Davis
  • 02/03/2014

AND THIS BOOK ECHOES....

What did you love best about And the Mountains Echoed?

The brilliant twists and turns of the plot. Dr. Hosseini is brilliant at captivating your interest and holding you hostage till the end.

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

The medical descriptions.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Great depth of feeling...you feel as though you are experiencing every scene.

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Khalad Hosseini and Abraham Verghese are two of my favorite authors...and both are physicians of note. Somehow they capture the heart and soul of their characters and, with their beautiful prose, make you feel honored to meet and experience their characters lives.

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  • JuliaRose
  • 07/12/2013

DON'T LISTEN TO OTHER REVIEWS ON NARRATION!!

So many reviews are commenting on the narration and their dislike for the accent. To say the narrator sounds like he "has a mouthful of marbles" is offensive. It's an accent not a speech impediment.
Personally I found the narration to add to the story. If you loved The Life of Pi you will enjoy this narration. Listening to an audiobook that deals with different cultures, I expect to hear those different cultures. This book would not have had the same inpact on me if it were spoken in an american accent.

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  • Margaret
  • 27/12/2014

Six decades in the history of an Afghan village

A touching story beautifully told. Life in this Afghan village was not easy in the early 1950s when the story begins. Mothers die in childbirth. Babies die of cold because their fathers cannot keep food on the table and fuel in the fireplace. Families sell their young children for money to keep the rest of the family alive.
The story at the center of this complex novel is that of a brother and sister: she sold at age 3 to a wealthy childless artist in Kabul; he remaining with his father and the hard life in the village; and a lifetime of planning to reunite with his little sister. Branching off these two characters and their story are many characters and story lines set in divers countries and cities over 60 years. It's not a light read; there's a lot of real life in it. Lit freaks, prepare to be engrossed.
Narration: excellent

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  • Vivian Caldwell
  • 17/08/2013

Wonderful Story (But Get it in Print)

I loved this story, but for much of the time I was struggling to understand two of the narrators. There is no reason that I can think of that multiple narrators were even needed. It added nothing to the story. In fact, the difficulty that I had in understanding the heavily accented English often detracted from the story. Get this one in print and enjoy (and understand) every word.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/06/2017

Disappointed!!

I have read his previous books and I loved them, however I am so disappointed with this book!!

It has a very STRONG start and you get attached but as the story develops it gets weaker, boring and splashed all over the place!!

So to summarize I would say Beautiful beginning Boring ending.

I liked the parts where Khalid him self was narrating but was not a fan of the other two narrators! (Unclear and heavy accent) however i liked the parts where music was added between some emotional parts .....

I would not recommend this book but highly recommend the previous 2

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  • AC
  • 15/08/2013

A wonderful Book - Poor performance

This is a very good book by Khaled Hosseini but unfortunately the audible presentation is spoiled by the narrators Navid Negahban & Shohreh Aghdashloo who have a very heavy accent that makes it really difficult to follow what they are saying. I would recommend skipping the audible book and reading it. Mr. Hosseini should have read the whole book like he did his first two.

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  • Cris
  • 05/06/2013

Enjoy this Beautiful Book!!

Hosseini is an author that I stumbled upon in a search for something different to read. I am so glad that I did! The author reads the book, and I was a little concerned that the names in another culture might be confusing in an audible format. I occasionally got a little lost, but I later "reread" the sections--something that I rarely do. I have to say that Hosseini's narration really enhanced the listening experience. He writes in a unique voice and his descriptions are expressed in a way that crosses all cultural boundaries. This book is one to be savored.

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  • ottifanta
  • 05/08/2013

Eine Reise in die afghanische Vergangenheit

Mit den Worten "You want a story and I will tell you one" ("Du möchtest eine Geschichte hören und ich werde Dir eine erzählen") beginnt Khaled Hosseinis drittes und neustes Buch, das seinen beiden anderen Romanen ähnelt, jedoch in mancher Hinsicht ganz anders ist. Es beginnt mit einem Märchen, in es um die Liebe eines Vaters zu seinen Kindern geht und eine schwere Entscheidung, die ein großes Opfer mit sich bringt. Eine Trennung für's Leben, um das (vermeintliche?) Glück eines anderen zu sichern. Und genau davon erzählt Khaled Hosseini in seinem neusten Buch. Von Familienbanden, Liebe, Entscheidungen und Opfern, sowie deren Preis. Denn dieses Märchen erzählt der Vater von Pari und Abdullah seinen beiden Kindern, als er 1952 mit ihnen auf dem Weg nach Kabul ist...

In den ersten Kapiteln werden zahlreiche Figuren und Schauplätze eingeführt, einiges über das Leben in Afghanistan in der jeweiligen Zeit erzählt. Anders als in "Tausend strahlende Sonnen" werden hier mehrere Handlungsstränge parallel erzählt. Jede Figur hat ihre ganz eigene und lebendige Geschichte, die teilweise unterschiedlicher nicht sein könnten. Einigen hätte ich statt weniger Raum in diesem Buch eher ein eigenes Buch gewünscht, nicht nur die Handlung gerade im ersten Drittel für mich weniger unübersichtlich gewesen wäre. Auf der anderen Seite könnte Khaled Hosseini dann nicht so gelungen die unterschiedlichsten Formen und Bedeutungen von Familienbanden zeigen...

Ein relativ großer Teil der Handlung findet diesmal außerhalb Afghanistans statt, wobei in jenen Abschnitten der Handlungsort an sich keine so wichtige Rolle spielt - von Bedeutung ist, wie es Emigranten in den 1970/80er Jahren in der westlichen Welt erging, bzw. wie groß die Unterschiede ihres Lebens in der neuen Heimat waren. Hinzu kommt die Frage, ob diese Figuren Schuldgefühle gegenüber den in Afghanistan zurückgebliebenen Angehörigen haben und wie sie dann damit umgehen.

Nicht nur das Schicksal der getrennten Geschwister Abdullah und Pari bewegte mich, auch das der zahlreichen mal mehr mal weniger mit ihnen verbundenen Nebenfiguren, denn Khaled Hosseini malt ein buntes, facettenreiches Bild. Hier gibt es keine klare Einteilung in gut und böse, weder eine echte "gute alte Zeit" noch eine "gute neue Zeit", stattdessen jede Menge Höhen und Tiefen, Tragik und Glück.

Wie schon bei "Tausend strahlende Sonnen" hat mir die englische Hörfassung vor allem deshalb gut gefallen, weil die Sprecher persische Muttersprachler sind und die Namen der Figuren und Orte korrekt aussprechen, den Figuren so meiner Meinung nach zusätzliche Tiefe verleihen.

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Erneut beweist Khaled Hosseini wieder, dass er Geschichten erzählen kann, so wie er es im ersten Satz ankündigt. Streckenweise verzettelte er sich einer Meinung nach, mit zu vielen detailliert ausgearbeiteten Nebenfiguren. Alle Sprecher sind ausgezeichnet zu verstehen. Es würde mich nicht wundern, wenn auch dieses Buch von Khaled Hosseini verfilmt würde.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Carsten
  • 18/06/2013

Toller Text - undeutlich gesprochen

Ich habe mir dieses Hörbuch gekauft, nachdem ich die beiden anderen verschlungen hatte. Selten hatten mich Bücher mehr gepackt als die von K. Hosseini.
Ich habe mir dann ohne zu Überlegen auch dieses Hörbuch gekauft und wollte es auf meinen langen Autoreisen hören.
Nun, der erste Part, von K. Hosseini gesprochen, vermittelt gleich den Eindruck, dass die Story, die Sprache etc. wieder den Erwartungen entspricht.
Als der zweite Sprecher beginnt, habe ich nichts mehr verstanden. Man merkt, dass Englisch eine Fremdsprache für ihn ist, teilweise ist die Aussprache derart schlecht, dass ich mehrere Sätze trotz mehrfachem Hören nicht verstanden habe.
Ich habe das Hörbuch jetzt "beiseite gelegt" und werde mir irgendwann das Buch zum Lesen kaufen.
Schade.

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  • Georg-Marcus
  • 16/01/2014

3ter Teil, leider etwas schwächer als Teil 1 + 2

sehr gut und eingängig vorgetragen, sehr authentisch, aber die Geschichten nutzen sich etwas ab in Teil 3....

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  • Amazon Lover
  • 23/05/2017

A different Khaled Hosseini

it started really well and I cudnt wait to know what happens to the little brother and sister. but then, their story got over as quickly as it started.. that was the most interesting part of the whole book for me and in between the story got stale by the introduction of too many new personas.. I just kept going because I knew Abdullah and Pari will appear somewhere again.

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  • Willi
  • 06/02/2015

Faszinierende Geschichte, ... aber

Kahler Hosseini ist ein phantastischer GeschichtenSCHREIBER, das Erzählen sollte er dann doch besser professionellen Sprechern überlassen. Ich höre, wenn immer möglich im Original, sehr gerne auch vom Autor selbst vorgelesen. Das Nuscheln des Sprechers bei diesem Buch ist aber einfach unerträglich