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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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    Summermatter Morin-Heights, Quebec 09-03-07
    Summermatter Morin-Heights, Quebec 09-03-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Bravo"

    Excellent book thank you

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    Jay Rubin 09-03-07
    Jay Rubin 09-03-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "A Must Read"

    This is a truly great example of story telling at its best. Definitely a must read.

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    Brad Silver Spring, MD, United States 08-28-07
    Brad Silver Spring, MD, United States 08-28-07 Member Since 2010
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    "story great, reader hard to listen to"

    i actually enjoyed this book and the story line, but it was very difficult for me at first to get into listening to the author. he was just a little too dry for me, but i eventually go use to him. it did help that he could pronounce some of the ethnic words correctly.

    the story is worth listening to. if you can get past the first quarter of the book you've got it made.

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    E. Griswold 08-24-07
    E. Griswold 08-24-07

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    "A better reader please!"

    This is a wonderful and enlightening story. I just wish that the reader had been a "professional" rather than the author. His delivery was monotonous and sometimes hard to understand. We almost gave up on it after the first half hour. Fortunately the story became engrossing after that and the reading became less annoying.

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    Andre Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-16-07
    Andre Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-16-07
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    "Great Selection!"

    Starts a little slow but the author does an impressive job narrating his own work. Really gets going in the second half. An excellent tale, well told.

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    Philip PAPILLION, NE, United States 07-14-07
    Philip PAPILLION, NE, United States 07-14-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Stay with it"

    The author also narrates the story and adds a realistic touch. It starts slow but well worth staying with as he winds the story together.

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    Joan Helena, MT, USA 06-24-07
    Joan Helena, MT, USA 06-24-07
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    "The Kite Runner"

    Very interesting. A little drawn out towards the end, but still very enjoyable.

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    Daniele MeudonFrance 06-18-07
    Daniele MeudonFrance 06-18-07
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    "another world so much the same"

    A nostalgic review of Afghanistan as it once was. And a chance to see that all people of Muslim origins aren't necessarily the fundamentalist version and still close to God. A good possibility to see that racial conflicts spare no society and no-one. And an entertaining, very personal story.

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    Elaine Palm Coast, FL, United States 06-14-07
    Elaine Palm Coast, FL, United States 06-14-07
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    "The Kite Runner"

    I'm so glad I read this book. It has given me an understanding of customs I knew little about. The story is so well told, one can only sit and listen from start to end!

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    dlight Terre Haute, IN 05-26-07
    dlight Terre Haute, IN 05-26-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful Story!!"

    I agree with the readers that call this a beautiful story. The fact that the narrator is the same as the author makes it even better. Some readers have called the main charcter weak; I call him human. Rather than glossing over the weak part it gives both parts -- good and bad and makes you appreciate the good even more. I liked the historical parts of the story as well as the actual plot.

    This is a book I would recommend to others.

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