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)
I bought a printed copy for my wife. This is an outstanding book. Excellent writing. A masterfully crafted story. Only toward the end could you convince me that it wasn't an autobiography. Well done! Very sorry to reach the end.
A must read for those with an interest in adventure, love, misfortune, cultures, survival and real life situations described at it's best and worst. I not only heard each word of this book, it left a heart felt connection with the characters in this book. I laughed, I cried, and could stop listening to the book. I became an instant fan of this Khaled Hosseini. Outstanding, incredibly wonderful book!!
My wife always reminds me that the movie is never as good the book. If you found the movie at all enjoyable then you'll love this book. In even the darkest times the characters come to life.
Wonderful, harrowing, absorbing, terrifying. This book is a rollercoaster ride all the way. I'm glad that I am blessed by living in Australia.
A great read... or listen, as it were. Could not put down. A roller coaster of emotion that left me fulfilled and sad at the same time. A must for any library. Mr. Hosseini told the story so wonderfully well that I had to go back to the description to confirm that it was fiction. He conveyed so vividly descriptions of the culture, the religion, the landscape and the soul of the Afghani people that you felt that he personally lived the tragedy… perhaps he did. He makes you taste the food, feel the dust and blood on your face, feel the anger and desperation so that you fall and triumph along with the hero.
I saw the movie first and this book was really the "frosting on the cake"! What a great look at a culture so different from mine. It gave me a real appreciation for my freedom in this country and the "plenty" we enjoy! This was a story of love, compassion, and redemption and I look forward to reading more of the author's works. Hearing the author read the story gave it more depth. The author spoke clearly and yet peppered the English text with many words from his own language without detracting from the story.
"Touching and gripping."
Excellent; a window on another world as well as a touching story of love, devotion and atonement. I highly recommend this book.
"Not as good as the hype."
Before listening to this I had heard many rave reviews of the book and therefore began to listen with high expectations. However, I found the story very disappointing, mainly due to the lack of affection I felt for the main character. He seemed to be amoral and self-centred, which resulted in me not really caring what happened to him. Although the book is well written, I found that my lack of connection with the main character meant that I had to force myself to listen to the whole book. I ended up being relieved when it was over, and confused about what everyone else seems to love about this book.
This a beautifully written poignant story of unconditional love during turbulent times in Afghanistan and of how an adolescent boy's jealousy has long and devastating repercussions. This book is a journey of emotions from the first page to the last.
I don't usually read books about war and strife preferring to be entertained, but came across this book because of all the hype and thought I would give it a go. I was hooked from the beginning - it is a hauntingly good book and although it is set in troubling times it looks at the very real human problems that happen to individuals caught up in uneasy times. I listened all the way through in one day, and then went straight on to download his next book. Buy it - you certainly won't be disappointed
"Simply a brilliant epic story"
This is the harrowing tale of Amir from his early days in Afghanistan through to the U.S. and back to find the boyhood friend he betrayed. It's backdrop is a period of almost continuous war from the Russian invasion, through to the time of the brutal Taliban regime. It is harrowing in places, brilliantly written and performed and impossible to put down. In my top 10 any day.
Absolutely fantastic! Hosseini's voice really transports you to the streets of Kabul. A moving story which will stay with you forever.
Loved it, can't wait to read/listen to other books by this author! Bravo as the author said
Could not leave the book if I wanted to. It became part of my thoughts. I had to keep listening.
One of the best books I've come across. An incredible experience enriched by the narration of the Author himself.
"Wow, what a story!"
I loved this book it gave a new insight into the troubles of Afghanistan, brutal in parts, made me flinch but for all that a great tale of love, betrayal & consequence. Didn't want it to end & the author Khaled Hosseini was a brilliant narrator!
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