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.
I bought a printed copy for my wife. This is an outstanding book. Excellent writing. A masterfully crafted story. Only toward the end could you convince me that it wasn't an autobiography. Well done! Very sorry to reach the end.
A must read for those with an interest in adventure, love, misfortune, cultures, survival and real life situations described at it's best and worst. I not only heard each word of this book, it left a heart felt connection with the characters in this book. I laughed, I cried, and could stop listening to the book. I became an instant fan of this Khaled Hosseini. Outstanding, incredibly wonderful book!!