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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.
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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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    Sheila Woofter 05-28-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Best Book of the Year"

    This is undoubtedly the best book I 'read' this year! I immediately went out and bought a hard copy. It is a definite re-read. I can't wait for him to write another book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-27-05
    Simon Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-27-05 Member Since 2005
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    Great book. Well read.

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    Bob Bronson 05-26-05
    Bob Bronson 05-26-05
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    "Thank You"

    Mr. Hosseini,

    Thank you for a MUST READ book, a riveting insite to man's humanity and inhumanity. Every soul needs this books message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glen N Richland Hills, TX, United States 05-19-05
    Glen N Richland Hills, TX, United States 05-19-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Read"

    Khaled Hosseini has that rare ability to paint his world in words for us to enjoy. recommend highly! Hope he does not stop here, 5 stars from me

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    Gerald West Newbury, MA, USA 05-09-05
    Gerald West Newbury, MA, USA 05-09-05
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    "Outstanding tale of life and history"

    Excellent story and kept me on the edge of my seat from country to country and character to character, just one of the best reads I've had in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Mesquite, TX, United States 05-08-05
    Mary Mesquite, TX, United States 05-08-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Enthralling"

    I couldn't stop listening. Normally I don't enjoy the descriptive, but the author made me feel like I was there. I could see and smell the story, I was viewing the story in my mind. A little bit repetetive at times but highly recommend and can't wait for the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margo 05-07-05
    Margo 05-07-05 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Excellent Story"

    I don't often give a book 5 stars, but this is an excellent story. The fact that I could like the story even though I was quite put out with the "protagonist" says a lot for the skill of the author. The author also makes an excellent reader of this novel.

    I was surprised that I would like a book set in Afghanistan, with an Afghani reader, but I gave it a shot because of its high reviews. I'm glad I did.

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    Beverley Netanya, Israel 05-07-05
    Beverley Netanya, Israel 05-07-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Moving and uncomfortable at times"

    Not always an easy listen, at times upsetting ... but on the whole enriching and moving; worth it.

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    Judith Falls Church, VA, USA 05-01-05
    Judith Falls Church, VA, USA 05-01-05
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    "Unforgettable"

    The writer of this book is very talented. I haven't read many books that are so compelling and so haunting. Some of the scenes are heart breaking. I'll put it on my list of best books ever.

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    Rebecca Portier HAMMOND, LA, US 04-27-05
    Rebecca Portier HAMMOND, LA, US 04-27-05 Member Since 2005
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    "I can still taste Afganistan"

    My wife read and I listened to this book. We both agree that the authors abilty to inundate your seneses with the sights, sounds, smells, and taste of the story make it worth reading itself. A great inside story to supplement your understanding of life in Afganistan. Only two things that I didn't like was that the author used too much forshadowing and everything that happend came back later in the book. It was kind of "Scooby Dooish" in that regard to use my wife's words. The other is that too much emphasis was put on the main character being a writer. These were, however, a small price to pay for such a good listen.

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    bere regis, DORSET, United Kingdom
    7/2/05
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    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    ArgentonFrance
    3/6/07
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    HAYLING ISLAND, United Kingdom
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    "Great story - tissues needed for lots of tears!"

    A great story which takes the reader through a myriad of emotions - be prepared for tears!



    I loved the twists and turns of the story - most of which I could never have predicted.



    Without wanting to, I always had great sympathy for the central character - his misdemeanours were obviously key to the plot and had such devastating effects and yet, I felt so sorry for him.



    The descriptions of the characters and scenery was powerful and deep so it made them very believable, and I thought that the story may have been autobiographical until I checked!



    Well written and powerful.

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  • Sarah J
    Kent.UK
    1/15/11
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul & Susy
    London United Kingdom
    5/17/08
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    "Painted and insightful picture of Afghanistan"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    angus, United Kingdom
    3/25/08
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    "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

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

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie
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    "Stunning"
    Where does The Kite Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Khaled Hosseini’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful and immense in it's humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crafty jan
    5/12/14
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    "A life enhancing experience in Reading this bookI"
    What did you like most about The Kite Runner?

    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 .


    What did you like best about this story?

    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 .


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

    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 .


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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 .


    Any additional comments?

    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 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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