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By G on 04-25-18
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 11-06-16
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.