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The Kite Runner Audiobook

The Kite Runner

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: We've learned the hard way that authors don't always make great narrators, but Khaled Hosseini is remarkably gifted in both roles. I have listened to the The Kite Runner again and again to be transported to Hosseini's Afghanistan and can appreciate it all the more because of his authentic pronunciations. —Diana Dapito

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, while Hassan, 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 and betrayal, and about 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 & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS. is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division. Simon & 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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    Ace46 Winnipeg, Canada 05-10-05
    Ace46 Winnipeg, Canada 05-10-05

    Ace Chucker

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    "Inspiring and disturbing"

    It was hard to want to continue listening to a young man so weak and self-absorbed, but I kept listening. Maybe it is because I thought he would mature, but more likely simply because the characters are just so real (I had to keep reminding myself that this is fiction).

    This book works on many levels. It does a terrific job telling the stories of people who live through internal turmoil and/or external tragedy, and grow from it. It also puts human faces and human emotions to individuals who live through tragedy in ethnic or religious conflict. It shows the challenges of immigration to the West, both in getting here and establishing a life, and it shows the sacrifices that parents make for their children. It is disturbing and inspiring at the same time.

    It is easily the best book that I have ?listened? to since I joined Audible, and I would highly recommend it to any other listener.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 03-29-05
    Jan 03-29-05
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    "Listen - don't read!"

    A friend recommended I read The Kite Runner - but finding it on Audible I chose to download and listen. I thoroughly recommend this option. The author's voice (and accent), reading his own story, gives it added drama and charisma. One of the very best books I have "read" through the magic of audible - it gave me hours of walking pleasure - in fact I extended my daily walk from 3 to 5 kilometers, so I could hear more!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Laguna Beach, CA, USA 11-23-04
    Leslie Laguna Beach, CA, USA 11-23-04
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    "Kite Runner"

    This year I have listened to 24 audio books and this is my favorite. Just an amazing book that manages to convey--in the author's own voice--the global universe that we are all becoming a part of, in its horror and its promise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 10-27-04
    Jane 10-27-04
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    "A good book"

    The Kite Runner is not an upbeat book. It is more like a classic Greek tragedy. Events and human frailty inevitable lead to pain and suffering. The book was sometimes disturbing, but there are bright moments. The writing style was excellent, the story engrossing, and the reading a listening pleasure. Add to that insights into Afghan culture and you have great book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Grossman Bethesda, MD USA 08-31-04
    Garry Grossman Bethesda, MD USA 08-31-04 Member Since 2001
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    "The Kite Runner--MAGNFICENT"

    This could be the best book you read this year. And the reading performance by the author is nothing short of inspired. My sole disappointment was that I wanted the book to be nonfiction!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 06-28-14
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Really Good!"

    After hearing about how great this book was, I decided to give it a chance and found that this book was completely not what I was expecting. Yet, I still thought this was a really good listen. The author, who is also the narrator, does a terrific job with the narration. He is also an excellent writer as this book was creative and well-written. It takes the reader/listener on a roller coaster ride of emotions and I couldn't get enough of it. Two thumbs up!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 04-04-14
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 04-04-14 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "A Timeless Story of Guilt and Redemption and Hope"

    I had been told that this book was wonderful. I have to admit that after the first 1.5 hours of listening I was bored out of my skull. If I hadn't committed to read it for the book circle I'm in, I would have stopped. Then like a sudden gust, they story took shape and I was hooked. This is a story about guilt and coming of age in a country of turmoil. It is about friendship,jealously, fear, betrayal, redemption and anguish. But is also a story of hope and determination.

    The story is read by the author and though his pace his slow, I think he makes the book come alive. There are plenty of allusions that after you complete the novel that you will ponder. If you are a romance, sci-fi or thriller lover you will find this book tiring. Yet, if you like thrillers and near-to-true-life stories, it is a must. I give it a solid thumbs up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 05-25-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 05-25-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Thousand times over better than expected"

    This book pulled me in like no other in recent memory with its tale of betrayal, heart break, bravery, rendition, forgiveness, and full on unconditional love. I have seen the movie which was beautifully done but the book was so much more layered and engrossing. Best book I have read in along time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-03-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Afghanistan, Islam, and Two Little Boys . . . WOW!"

    Having two sons who have served in the Middle East during the Gulf War, I wanted to glimpse inside the window of how we got to where we are today . . . WOW . . . this is a wonderful STORY, first of all, of the friendship between two young boys, from two different "classes" . . . something that kids pay no attention to . . . and the journey they undertake . . . the historical perspective will give you a lesson you won't soon forget . . . into a people and a country that has been under seize for centuries . . . the human faces of the boys will grab your heart . . . and tear it out . . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Kennedy 02-29-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Really.?!?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different book entirely.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Brother Fish


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This book is a weak attempt. Are you 5 star people fans of Jerry Springer and Judge Judy? This is the only demographic that can think this is a worthy read. Please warn people that this is a book of outlandish stereotypes, pedophiles and wussy's.


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  • Jean Catherine Weiss
    8/10/16
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    "Beautiful!"

    An incredibly moving story. Listened to it when driving or cooking and often had tears in my eyes. Once I was used to the reader's accent I enjoyed the fact that I was listening to the correct pronunciation of the names and places.

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  • marie
    6/25/16
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    "Absolutely brilliant!!!!"

    One of the best books i have ever read, gripping from start to finish
    Wow well worth it , narrator great too !!
    An insite into the truth

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  • Nameesh jain
    5/23/16
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    "great narration and story"

    it is beautifully narrated and story was full of emotions and ups and downs. liked it very much !!!

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  • Paul Botterill
    4/19/16
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    "Worth the read!"

    Great performance and compelling story. Not an easy book to stomach by any means though!

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  • Anthony
    3/19/16
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    "Great story well told"

    I really enjoyed this book. Sent me through a rollercoaster of emotions. Happy , sad , joy, shock, laughter, sorrow. Great story from the mouth of the author.

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/4/16
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    "Beautiful"

    Beautifully constructed story with huge depth of character. An emotive journey that is travelled as much as read.

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  • Claire Paccalin
    2/6/16
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    "Best book I've read/listen to in a long time!"

    I loved this book. Would recommend it to anyone. Cried and laughed out loud. Definitely a must read.

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  • Amazon Customer
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    1/17/16
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    "Better at x1.25 speed"

    I really wanted to like this book but it's taken me about a month to listen to the first 6 hours. However I recently read someone's review of the Audible app where they praised the ability to increase the play speed. I decided to give that a try (in all honesty in a desperate bid to get the book finished so I could move on) and found myself riveted for the last 6 hours of the book, finishing it in two days!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • smile
    10/7/15
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    "Great story"

    I found the narrators voice hard to listen to at the beginning, but definitely worth a listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    10/1/15
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    "Wonderful story - annoying voice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kite Runner to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kite Runner?

    Its a great story


    Which character – as performed by Khaled Hosseini – was your favourite?

    i found his voice annoying, but that's aa personal comment and a shame as its a great story and this is the first time I think I'll buy the book and read it


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

    who has the time?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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