We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
The Kite Runner | [Khaled Hosseini]

The Kite Runner

Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.
Regular Price:$31.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (7669 )
5 star
 (4804)
4 star
 (2011)
3 star
 (555)
2 star
 (170)
1 star
 (129)
Overall
4.5 (2911 )
5 star
 (1916)
4 star
 (681)
3 star
 (214)
2 star
 (54)
1 star
 (46)
Story
4.5 (2890 )
5 star
 (1840)
4 star
 (742)
3 star
 (222)
2 star
 (43)
1 star
 (43)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 11-03-05
    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 11-03-05 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    210
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    194
    74
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    14
    0
    Overall
    "Positively Brilliant"

    I never wanted it to end. The author, as the reader, is magnificent, and adds so much to the telling of the story. I was literally swallowed up in the time and culture on the book. This is one book that is brilliant in print and even more brilliant in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Prabhath Crestview Hills, KY, USA 11-02-05
    Prabhath Crestview Hills, KY, USA 11-02-05
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    Overall
    "Good audiobook, well narrated, good story"

    I was very pleased by this audiobook as the author's narration is very good. Like another reviewer has mentioned, his pronunciation of afghan words and places is interesting and adds a sense of authenticity to the story. The author manages to paint a very good picture of life in Afghanistan and the misery that has befallen it with the entry of the Taliban.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Charles E. Patisaul Atlanta, GA USA 11-01-05
    Charles E. Patisaul Atlanta, GA USA 11-01-05 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A GREAT read"

    This is exactly the type of book that benefits from audio format. Having the reader (the author) pronouce all of the foreign words and phrases in the text adds depth and beauty to a wonderful story. I really liked that the protagonist isn't perfect and makes decisions that he really regrets. It's very poignant and a good contrast to the other masculine personalities contained in the story. It's a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Harold Lake Katrine, NY, USA 10-30-05
    Harold Lake Katrine, NY, USA 10-30-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A rich, thoroughly engrossing verbal tapestry"

    This is one of the outstanding books I have heard in the past few years. Every so often an author of incredible talent comes along and weaves a story so engaging and so realistic that you feel a profound sense of regret when that tale is ended. This is such a book. I went through the unabridged version in 2 days because I could not step away from it. I laughed and even cried spontaneously at parts of the story. This was a phenomenal read that opened my eyes to a culture about which I had previously held only a superficial understanding. BRAVO to the author!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 10-25-05
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 10-25-05 Member Since 2013

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1217
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    339
    104
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    152
    5
    Overall
    "Could have easily been a true story"

    I'm sorry it's finished. I could have kept on listening forever to this one

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ada dragowski 10-21-05
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    1
    Overall
    "captivating and disturbing"

    One of the best books I have read or listened to. Very thought-provoking, engaging, and beautiful story that is very disturbing at the same time. As I was listening to it on my way to work and back, I found myself constantly thinking about the characters. This book is beautifully read by the author. Left me haunted for days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brian 10-17-05
    Brian 10-17-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    184
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "great story!"

    this book was excellent and has characteristics that would appeal to all audiences

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wilburn Del Valle, TX, USA 10-16-05
    Wilburn Del Valle, TX, USA 10-16-05
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    "The Kite Runner (Unabridged)"

    The author successfully took me into a place and a life that I couldn't possibly imagine on my own. His story was compelling in a way that only one other book has done for me before. We often listen to news about lands far away told by authors who have visited and bring to you their impressions of what they saw there but through their own filters. This story was from one who has this life flowing in his blood and he delivers it with that very blood directly to you're your soul. He made me feel the self inflicted pain that the boy/man in this story felt. I usually drag these listening experiences out so that they last to the end of the month. I couldn't do that with this story. I couldn't turn it off. It gets a full five stars from me. I will keep an eye out for this authors next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Juliet MorairaSpain 10-15-05
    Juliet MorairaSpain 10-15-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Pure brilliance"

    I loved everything about this audiobook. The author's voice and his charming pronunciation of Afgan words - the heart-rending, exciting tale and the honest way the characters, who are flawed yet compelling, are drawn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Judith Melbourne, FL, USA 10-10-05
    Judith Melbourne, FL, USA 10-10-05
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    "What do I read next?"

    Every momemt I spent listening to this book I was totally engaged. Often difficult to hear, but at the same time compelling, this tale of human failings, regret, shame, yearning and deep love is beautifully and artfully told and seems utterly pure and painfully honest. The author's voice seems the only way this story could have been told. I will listen again because I keep wondering when I will find another story this consuming. You must read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Laura
    bere regis, DORSET, United Kingdom
    7/2/05
    Overall
    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    ArgentonFrance
    3/6/07
    Overall
    "Wonderfully Poignant"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah J
    Kent.UK
    1/15/11
    Overall
    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paul & Susy
    London United Kingdom
    5/17/08
    Overall
    "Painted and insightful picture of Afghanistan"

    It's a story of honour, regret and redemption; and two families divided by ethnic prejudice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    angus, United Kingdom
    3/25/08
    Overall
    "stunningly good"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • a little bit of a grumpy old so and so
    London,UK
    2/3/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Melanie Gedge
    2/2/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "outstanding"

    Absolutely fantastic! Hosseini's voice really transports you to the streets of Kabul. A moving story which will stay with you forever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • missmandii
    1/26/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "loved it!"

    Loved it, can't wait to read/listen to other books by this author! Bravo as the author said

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    1/10/15
    Overall
    "Breathtaking!"

    Could not leave the book if I wanted to. It became part of my thoughts. I had to keep listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Corrado M.
    10/22/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Magnificent"

    One of the best books I've come across. An incredible experience enriched by the narration of the Author himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.