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 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
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
I didn't know what to expect from this book. I downloaded based on the ratings and buzz. What a pleasure! I found myself on vacation and just wanting to sit in the sun and listen to this story unfold. The author's narration was very good and makes this even more effective than the printed book. However, I did buy the print copy after completing the audio book to give to my wife and son.
If you like books that give you an insight into other cultures such as Memiors of a Geisha or The Bone Setters Daughter then you will really enjoy The Kite Runner. The main character (narrorator) is flawed and real and someone we can all relate to probably more than we'd like to admit. The faithfulness of his childhood friend, Hassan, is touching and inspiring. A wonderfully written story of redemption. I highly reccomend this book!
I downloaded this title based on the reviews that I read here. I wasn't very sure because I tend to like strong themes, thrillers, and important complots. I'm so glad I did! I fell in love with this book, with this story.
This book was wonderful. It was well-written and beautifully narrated. The story was fascianting. I highly recommend it.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Painted and insightful picture of Afghanistan"
It's a story of honour, regret and redemption; and two families divided by ethnic prejudice.
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
"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!
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 .
"A great book"
This is a great book; a brilliant story. Sci-Fi is my first love, but The Kite Runner slots effortlessly into my top-five. I feel like I've been to Afghanistan , admired Baba and been terrified of Assef. I want to sit on top of the hill and eat pomegranates and run kites.
This is, without doubt, one the best books I've ever read. There's nothing spare. Every word adds to the story, and I'm sorry I finished it today.
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