This book is incredible fast. Perhaps too fast, because it give you no time to recover. You must prepere yourself for a lot of coincidences but still the story remains strong.
i must have.
Written from the perspective of a native Afghan, this book permits a revealing look into a culture that I personally never stopped to consider. Spanning several decades, it follows the paths of a family from Afghanistan to the USA as they're pushed along within the currents of politics and war.
A well written, although sad, and at times rather brutal story of a family's struggle for survival, and ultimately redemption.
I'm so glad that I listened to this book. The author's voice and his ability to pronounce the names and words that I would have simply jumbled, was wonderful. The story is at times raw and harsh, but is a beautiful lesson about all of us.
I usually frown upon authors who choose to read their own work, however in this case I could not imagine anyone else reading this. Have you ever read through a bunch of books, just trying to find that perfect novel? The one with a great story, and charectars you miss after its over? This is that book
I've just started listening to audiobooks because of our ever fast lives with little time to read. I liked this book a lot because the author, who is Afghan, read the book with all the pronounciations you wouldn't get by reading the book. Very moving and engaging story which kept me captivated for my 15 hour flight from Boston to Mumbai.
Kite Runner is a wonderful story of tragedy, redemption and hope. It locates the listener amid the sights, scents and sounds of a changing, and for this listener unfamiliar, country. Furthermore, because the author narrates his own story, a sense of authenticity comes through. The occasional Farsi word is not left to the butchering my English-speaking mind would certainly give to it, but words and emphases are given the author's cant.
At the same time, however, the author occasionally gives away events with telling descriptions that come shortly before. A savvy listener may find this somewhat heavy-handed in that we prefer fewer breadcrumbs leading us along. However, they are minor distractions in what is, overall, a beautiful story that reveals both humanity and its absence irrespective of culture or geography.
I loved listening to the author read this interesting historical fiction. Gripping and sad and exciting by turns, he makes the story come alive, sounding just like the main character he seems to be.
This story about growing up in war torn Afghanistan is absolutely beautiful and totally compelling. I found myself looking for excuses to be alone so I could continue to listen to the book. It gave me a much better understanding of the complexities and differences in culture of Afghanistan, while at the same time delivering a great story. I recommend it to everyone.
I can hardly wait until his next book. I learn so much about the personal conflict in a war zone and in particular about Afganistan and Muslins. And the author as the reader with the accenting of the read was great - it really put me in the moment.