Every momemt I spent listening to this book I was totally engaged. Often difficult to hear, but at the same time compelling, this tale of human failings, regret, shame, yearning and deep love is beautifully and artfully told and seems utterly pure and painfully honest. The author's voice seems the only way this story could have been told. I will listen again because I keep wondering when I will find another story this consuming. You must read this book.
At first I was worried about the author being the reader, but after a while I realized that if anyone else read this, it wouldn't have been as good.
I truly enjoyed this book and found myself sitting in my car so I could hear 1 more chapter!
This book contrasts loyalty and betrayal, family and friendship, right and wrong, in a riveting story that begins in pre-war Afghanistan.
The use of prose and language is amazing. This is an interesting glimpse into Islam and the minds of the Afghan people as portrayed in the characters in the book. I didn't want to stop listening. This is one I will listen to again.
What a beautiful country it must have been once upon a time! And he made his culture familiar to me rather than seeming foreign. I was so overwhelmed by empathy when he described the life in Afghanistan before all the wars began--a culture that's all but lost.
The first few chapters were a little hard to get into. However once past that, the book became very good. This is the first fictional Audio book that I have ever felt was much better than the printed version. This was due to the fact that the author reads the book very well and with his native accent your mind loses track of the fact that it is actually a fictional book. His native pronunciation of the Indian words is much better than trying to decipher the same foreign words in a written book. Excellent story!
I liked it, don't get me wrong. I just didn't think it was such a great read. I have read some books lately that had me riveted and this wasn't one. I would recommend it but not to emphatically. Maybe it was to hyped up.
Just read a bunch of the other 5 star reviews and then download. There is a good reason this is a best seller and it's not a good PR dept.
It's difficult to describe the hold that this book had on me once I started listening to it. I couldn't turn it off. It was not a "feel good" book nor was the protagonist particularly appealing. However, it has a certain raw quality that made the story very real and certainly most human. Being able to hear the words of the author in his own voice is a definte strength in this type of medium.
The Kite Runner provides a wonderful perspective on life in Afghanistan from the end of the monarchy to the Soviet invasion and through the reign of the Taliban. The story is told through the eyes of the main character, Amir. His story is one of friendship, betrayal, remorse, and ultimately reconciliation. It becomes a powerful metaphor for the events swirling around the nation and people of Afghanistan itself.
After listening to this book, I can never think of Afghanistan in the same way again. The Kite Runner is ultimately a story about the destruction of an entire culture. However, through the story, Hosseini offers the reader the hope of eventual reconciliation and renewal.
In the form of a literary memoir, the author does a great job of recalling his transition from upper class life in Kabul, Afganistan to poverty in Freemont California. The author, a physician, makes the medical aspects of the story very realistic. I suspect that this is the best literary memoir since Angela's Ashes. Recommend for all. The narration, by the author, is very compelling.