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 minute.
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By R. Singh on 06-09-16
A touch disappointed
I absolutely adore khaled hosseini's previous work and waited eagerly for this book to be released, however it just didn't grip me like the previous two. It is beautifully written as expected however, for me there were too many short stories in between what I viewed as the main story. I didn't feel I could connect to most of the characters I got a little bored with some of their stories because it never really gave you everything of one character. Some people may love this book for that reason and find it unique but I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous two books. It has taken me 3 years to finish the book and I have had to start over at least 3 times whereas the kite runner and a thousand splendid suns were finished in days because I just couldn't put them down.
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By Terrie on 13-05-16
A truly wonderful book , everyone should listen too
Having previously listened to the Kite Runner and a thousand Splendid Suns ,by Khaled Hosseini which where breathtakingly Epic reads .
I decided to buy and the Mountains Echoed. Another breathtaking Epic read .
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By G on 25-04-18
A long yet captivating tale
Overall yet another captivating tale from Khaled Hosseini. The audiobook was beautifully narated by the speakers. Only one chapter was a little drawn out for me (the one with Babjaun), but the rest very well written. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
By Mariechen on 06-11-16
Relationships are key to this novel
What made the experience of listening to And the Mountains Echoed the most enjoyable?
Hosseini really illustrated how well he understands the human condition. It was amazing to read the way his characters interact and relate to one another.
Who was your favorite character and why?
That's the thing though - you cannot really have a favourite character because every chapter is from another point of view, so the character you previously detested may actually become quite dear to you.
What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?
The two male narrators were not my favourite. Their voice modulation was lacking and they were often too loud and overpowering. I sometimes felt like their narration was detracting from the novel.
Any additional comments?
Hosseini's other books (A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner) are largely suffering narratives. They are beautiful and sad and nobody can get through them dry-eyed, but they focus very much on the atrocities suffered by Afghans. And The Mountains Echoed does not focus on suffering, despite the fact that many of the characters do suffer. It really tells a tale of many lives beyond the wars. It is a novel about relationships, rather than about events.
It is definitely more difficult to get into this novel, but by the end of it, it has become my favourite of Hosseini's.