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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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    Jaime Delmar, NY, USA 07-03-05
    Jaime Delmar, NY, USA 07-03-05
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    This was such a fantastic listen. So well done that I finished the entire book in 2 days. Enjoy!!

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    Kimberly Sewell, NJ, USA 07-02-05
    Kimberly Sewell, NJ, USA 07-02-05
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    "Great! Fantastic!!"

    In the beginning of the book, I thought, What is all the hype about? By the middle of the book I was hooked. I thought The Kite Runner was a fantastic read/listen, and I have already recommended this book to many friends. Although the book is fiction, the author uses real facts in writing the book making it more interesting. I definitely recommend this book to anyone trying to decide what to listen to next.

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    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 06-30-05
    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 06-30-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply wonderful."

    If, like me, you flipped through the pages of this bestseller in a bookstore and thought, "it's not for me," then chances are that you're wrong. The book is beautifully written, with unforgettable and vividly drawn characters. And as a brief history of Afghanistan you'll never again regard it as just another place where the US is waging war. The final two words of the novel will echo through your ears long after you finish the book.

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    Sharon L. Porter La Grande, OR, United States 06-28-05
    Sharon L. Porter La Grande, OR, United States 06-28-05 Member Since 2013

    I am a retired assistant professor at Eastern Oregon University who plays ukulele, bass, and sings.

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    "I am ruined!"

    This story has ruined me as it sets the highest example for the portrayal of relationships, the role of politics in the lives of countrypersons, and the price of dignity and honor. I am afraid that I will never find a book that is this engaging. I shouted out in my car when a plot twist unfolded! I cried twice on my way home from a long trip as the poignancy of the story played through my heart!

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    Mike Dallas, OR 06-24-05
    Mike Dallas, OR 06-24-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly remarkable"

    The best of its genre

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    Marsha Grimes, IA, USA 06-22-05
    Marsha Grimes, IA, USA 06-22-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this book!"

    Excellent book. The author did a very nice job bringing to life a very tough subject. It is compelling and heart pulling.

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    Karen Beverly Hills, CA, USA 06-16-05
    Karen Beverly Hills, CA, USA 06-16-05
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    "Heart Wrenching"

    Usually a tepid gym-goer, I spent hours at the gym each day just to soak up more of the book. I loved this book- it is deep and touching and compelling all at once! It is especially relevant given what is going on in Afganistan in present day and in light of the racial profiling ensuing post-911.

    But this book is not a morality play, its a GREAT story. And its plot has something that everyone can relate to- guilt of a path not taken, child seeking a parent's approval, how an individual can be a misfit in society's conventions. While I was listening to it, I would update my boyfriend with the current chapter's events- he couldn't wait for the next day's installment. Highly recommended.

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    Tima The Woodlands, TX, USA 06-15-05
    Tima The Woodlands, TX, USA 06-15-05
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    "Hated it!"

    Yes, that's right. I hated it for all the things that made it so damn good. It broke my heart a "thousand times over".

    It's nice to see inside a culture that I couldn't fathom before. As an American, we take for granted that our streets are safe, that the Russians aren't going to invade us, that people with long beards aren't going to yank us from our homes and take us to soccer fields to die. We take so much for granted in our daily round, that I think the entire Afghan conflict is easy to forget because we just can't grasp the kind of horror they live with every day. And I'll admit that most of what bothered me about this book is that I can no longer pretend that everything is going to be okay in Afghanistan without a significant amount of help.
    This is the horror of the 21st century, the holocaust of our time. This story makes the mass murder PERSONAL, every single person that was slaughtered during nearly three decades of violence and genocide had a story, a family and a future that was denied. There are millions of similar stories.
    I loved this book and hated it for the same reasons.

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    Jason Bandera, TX, USA 06-11-05
    Jason Bandera, TX, USA 06-11-05
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    "A Tough Start with a Thoughtful End"

    Starting out I thought this audiobook was going to be one of the most painful listens I've had. I was annoyed by the narrator's attempt to disguise his accent and developed the firm belief that no author should narrate their own work. Once I made it through the first few hours of the book, I quickly got over the poor narration as I was engaged by the story. The story tests the limits of not only the charaters but the listener. I found the story and characters enchanting and the insight into Afghan culture post and during Taliban captivating. Four stars due to the narration.

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    Ron 06-06-05
    Ron 06-06-05
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    "The Kite Runner"

    After three years as an audible listener, The Kite Runner is in my top 5. I had to remind myself that it was a work of fiction. It is written with the depth of actual, rather than fabricated experiences.

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