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The Kite Runner | [Khaled Hosseini]

The Kite Runner

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.
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Publisher's Summary

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man; Hassan, as the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara - a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But through the devastation, Khaled Hosseini offers hope for redemption.

©2003 Khaled Hosseini; (P)2003 Simon and Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2004

" "A beautiful novel...ranks among the best-written and most provocative stories of the year." (The Denver Post)
"Powerful first novel...tells a story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love." (The New York Times)

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    Robert Orlando, FL, USA 04-18-09
    Robert Orlando, FL, USA 04-18-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Kite Runner"

    A cultural must read. I first read "A Thousand Splendid Suns", though it was the author second book, the order does not matter.
    Both books brought tears to my eyes, and sympathy to my heart.
    Wonderfully written and wonderfully read.
    Your heart will break for the poor, simple, innocent people of Afghanistan that have nothing to do with their countries politics or hatred of the west. They struggle each day to fight for the basic human rights we so take for granted. A roof overhead, food and education for their young. You will feel shame for the things we take everyday for granted.
    A brilliant author. I couldn't recommend it enough!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E. Covington 08-17-07 Member Since 2004
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    "One of the best books I listened to all year"

    Excellent book, well written and engaging. Some grime moments but worth every minute.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Helena, AL, USA 05-21-07
    Jon Helena, AL, USA 05-21-07
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    "Great Choice"

    This kept me wondering and kept me interested all the way through. Great book w/ unique perspective on Afghan life. Thumbs up!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Johnson Sacramento, CA 02-15-13
    Robin Johnson Sacramento, CA 02-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    Would you listen to The Kite Runner again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this story again. It was a poignant and honest tale of how our jealousies and fears cause us to do things we are ashamed of but that we sometimes get the chance for redemption. I loved the book and highly recommend it and A Thousand Splendid Suns.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric J. Toll Scottsdale, AZ, USA 12-10-08
    Eric J. Toll Scottsdale, AZ, USA 12-10-08 Member Since 2011

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    "Wow"

    Prior to this book, I was not a fan of audio books. I never believed that someone reading a book to me would be worthwhile. This audio changed my view. I was going on a long drive, and a colleague suggested trying Audible. The Kite Runner was the first book I downloaded. It kept me enthralled for the entire trip. It is well read, the character voices are consistent and appropriate. I would highly recommend this audio version of the book. It is better than the movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry DAMPIER, Australia 08-03-08
    Kerry DAMPIER, Australia 08-03-08
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    "The Kite Runner"

    – this book was recommended to me I don’t think I would have chosen to read this with out guidance. Having just seen the film though…..wow the reading effects are so much better. Never getting anything that is current due to going to the library and selecting talking books up until I joined, meant I never knew how a book could be better than a movie. I think had I not read the book I definitely would have wanted my money back if I went to watch it on the big screen. I love having the book read to me. I think though that by reading the book you have expectations of how a movie would be shot. I remember thinking while listening I wonder how they depicted this in the movie? That’s easy – they didn’t! Or briefly and weakly. I think the message was of good intent but the story was just above average.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Diamond Bar, CA, USA 07-30-08
    Mark Diamond Bar, CA, USA 07-30-08
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    "Fantastic"

    What a fantastic story. It brought me close to tears a few times. For a grown man to be brought to tears while driving his car has got to tell you how powerful this book is. Author does a great job of narrating.

    Starts off a little slow and is hard to keep up with unusual character names but stick with it. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sanja Croatia 12-10-13
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    "Oriental smell and sights, complex characters"
    Where does The Kite Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my firs audiobook in Audible and I love it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Oriental smell and sights, complex characters and history facts; all in one great mix.


    What does Khaled Hosseini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Khaled Hosseini's pronunciations of Arab word brigs a breeze of orient.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


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    "Not very good"

    The opening story of a young boy flying kites in India was an engaging story that made me hope for a connecting story when he got older, but that didn't happen. The author/narrator was not particularly good.

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    This was one of most interesting reads I have had lately. The movie was good, the book was excellent

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    "Very enjoyable and poignant."

    I found it enlightening listening to this story based in the Afghan culture. It is both moving and compelling.

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