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)
Living in a Middle Eastern culture myself, I was highly impressed with this story. It is realistic and believable. I could readily picture Amir and Hassan as they played and lived in a side-by-side, yet nowhere near equal, situation.
I both laughed and cried! This is a story which is difficult to pause for a few moments, for the evening... Let it suffice to say that I was staying up past my bedtime every night throughout this book.
I hope that Mr. Hosseini will be willing to write a sequel to this book.
I'm sure you have been told to read / listen The Kite Runner. This review will be nothing new but I felt compelled to put into words my appreciation for Mr. Hosseini's story-telling ability. It reads like an autobiography and more than once I googled him for a bio. The depth of feeling; the beautiful details and descriptive relationships make this story stand out in my top 10. Listen to this before seeing the movie. WOW.
Having lived in Afghanistan I really enjoyed this book. The authors voice and accent really lend more credence to the story. His words take the reader through the territory and the reader can almost almost smell the smells and taste the flavors. I am looking forward to the author's next book.
This audio is not only one of the best books I ever heard, but also best I ever read! Beautifully written, funny, touching. Its greatness is in the ease of memories of the past, feelings and thoughts of the present... all flying into the protagonist's mind... There is always a light suspense, hint of what may/or not come. Great narration speed and tone add much color to this unforgettable story about a country many of us int the West do not know about.
I highly recommend it to all who are far away from home but who keep the homeland close to their heart - you will relate that much more.
Excellent book, author captures the feeling of being in Afghanastan and the characters very well. I would strongly recommend this book
I'll admit, I'm your typical American guy and had no idea about the culture and turmoil details in Afghanistan. This book not only weaves a wonderful tale of hardships, but educates the reader about Afghans and their country. The author's self loathing is a bit much at times, but overall a very good listen. I enjoyed this book far more than the "A Thousand Splendid Suns"; which, honestly, I didn't like at all.
What a great story teller! I found it informative, entertaining, emotional, heartbreaking, and thought provoking. I cannot say which I preferred--The Kite Runner or A Thousand Spendid Suns--both engrossing tales.
Initialy, I didn't want this book but it was highly rated and I figured I'd give it a try. WOW.
It's now one of my top 5 favorite books. BEAUTIFULLY written.
Please, read this book.
"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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