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.
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"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)
This is a riveting novel, with wonderful characters who really come to life as the story unfolds. It also deals with the troubles and horrors of Afghan history since the 1960s. The reading is done by the author himself, a real advantage here because his passion for the material is clear and he gives authentic pronunciations to the Afghan words in the story.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Addicted to Audible since 2009
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!!
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
"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!
I found the narrators voice hard to listen to at the beginning, but definitely worth a listen to.
"Wonderful story - annoying voice"
Its a great story
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
who has the time?
"Excellent Story but Hate the Narrator"
I would read another of his books but not listen to anything narrated by him..
Hate his voice and accent..
A quite beautiful book. Heart- wrenching story - beautifully written - beautifully narrated. I had seen the film already and whilst there were a couple of changes from the book, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading/listening to the book. Probably one of the best........
I loved it.
"Terrible narration ruined it."
I just kept wanting this book to end. I drifted in and out of it, didn't fully concentrate.
It has potential, maybe I will blame the narration not gripping me enough? hmmmm
I finished this book in 3 days as I could not stop reading/listening to it.
The story is beautifully constructed and tugs at your heart-strings on a number of occasions.
For me the most memorable part has to be the ending as it makes you reflect on all that had happened throughout the story, as if you were a part of it.
Khaled Hosseini is a wonderful author/narrator and his voice fits perfectly to the voice of Amir.
I highly recommend this book, but fair warning: this isn't a 'light' read.
"for you, a thousand times over"
loved it! recommended it to others already! Beautiful descriptions. Vivid writing style!definitely a book to talk about and remember.
This is the best audio book I have ever heard, and is easily in the top 10 books I've come across in my 47 years
The lead character is beautifully flawed. The characters are real, you can feel them, you can smell them and you can relate to their humanity.
This is the first book I've heard the author perform but I will listen to anything he does in the future and read everything he writes.
I listened to the whole book in a day and a half! I wanted to eek it out but I could. I will actually read it at some point in the future, it is that good.
Beautiful and immense in it's humanity.
"A life enhancing experience in Reading this bookI"
I actually feel ashamed of the really stereo type opinion I had of Afganastan and it's people before reading this book . It really opened my eyes to the fact that away from all the horrors of the war and terrorism , the ordinary people are just like us and love their families .
The graphic descriptions of the feelings and emotions of the main character , and how one seemingly random incident can colour and affect the rest of your life .
I felt in all honesty that all the main characters carried equal weight in the story , at different times in the life of the main character .
The book had a real emotional effect on me in that I finished the story wishing I could know what happened next . Clearly not just a happy ending , but an idea of how the horrors of the war would be affecting the next generation .
An excellent read and I would highly recommend it , but be prepared to have some of possibly preconceived ideas on the country and it's people overturned .
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