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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Khaled Hosseini Narrator: Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2013 ISBN: 9781101627358
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 It begins in 1952. Ten-year-old Abdullah and his younger sister, Pari, are everything to each other. What happens to them, at the despairing hand of their father, will test the unshakable bonds of family and irrevocably change not just their own lives, but those of multiple generations.

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Khaled Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honour, 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 turning page.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This achingly beautiful book about love, family, and the choices we make to survive…globe trots around the heart.”

    Family Circle

  • “A moving saga about sacrifice, betrayal, and the power of family…Hosseini shows how easy it is for people to brutalize or abandon those they should protect. But his ultimate achievement is demonstrating the power and persistence of family.”

    People (four stars)

  • And the Mountains Echoed opens like a thunderclap…[Hosseini] asks good, hard questions about the limits of love…Love, Hosseini seems to say, is the great leveler, cutting through language, class, and identity. No one in this gripping novel is immune to its impact.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “This is an exquisite novel, a must-read for anyone with an interest in what it means to be alive, anywhere and everywhere.”

    USA Today

  • “His third and most ambitious novel…hits all the Hosseini sweet spots—nostalgia, devastating details, triumph over the odds...[but] covers more ground, both geographically and emotionally.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[Hosseini’s] most assured and emotionally gripping story yet…A testament both to his intimate knowledge of their inner lives, and to his power as an old-fashioned storyteller.”

    New York Times

  • And the Mountains Echoed is powerful and haunting. And much like the country it describes, it is not easy to forget.”

    Associated Press

  • “Transports you whole into the otherworldly realms Hosseini builds in Kabul, Paris, San Francisco, and the Greek islands.”


  • “[Hosseini’s] beautifully written, masterfully crafted new book…And the Mountains Echoed is painfully sad but also radiant with love.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Hosseini delves into the joys, sorrows, and betrayals that alternately bind and fracture families.”

    Boston Globe

  • “There is an assured, charismatic new maturity to Hosseini’s voice. When he hits his stride, the results are electrifying.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Beautiful, often harrowing.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A complex mosaic, a portrait of the Afghan diaspora as it is folded into the West and of those left behind…The book is elevated by a strong sense of parable and some finely drawn characters and is inventively constructed as it leaps from voice to voice.”


  • “Wrought with mastery, And the Mountains Echoed is not just a well spun tale, but an accomplishment of the most elusive of literary challenges—the humanization of a war-ravaged population in the eyes of the very people complicit in their ruin.”

    Daily Beast

  • “A surprisingly nuanced, morally complex, exquisitely told tearjerker.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Captivating and affecting…Hosseini traces the traumas and scarring of tyranny, war, crime, lies, and illness in the intricately interconnected, heartbreaking, and transcendent lives of his vibrantly realized characters.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Hosseini weaves a gorgeous tapestry of disparate characters joined by threads of blood and fate…Uplifting and deeply satisfying.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The beautiful writing, full of universal truths of loss and identity, makes each section a jewel…A haunting read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Selected for the June 2013 Indie Next List
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, May 2013
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, May 2013
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A Washington Post bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A 2013 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Adult Books
  • An NPR bestseller
  • A 2013 Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book for Fiction
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A 2013 BookPage Best Book
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About the Author
Author Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller, published in forty countries. In 2006 he was named a US envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. He lives in Northern California.

About the Narrators

Navid Negahban, an Iranian American actor, is best known for his roles on the telvision shows 24 and Homeland. He has also appeared on The Shield, The West Wing, Lost, and CSI: Miami, among many others. 

Shohreh Aghdashloo is an Iranian Amercican film and television actress. Her performance in the 2003 film, House of Sand and Fog, earned her an Academy Award nomination. In 2008, she earned an Emmy for her work in the television drama, House of Saddam. Also an audiobook narrator, she has read And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, Inside the Kingdom by Carmen Bin Laden, and The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani.