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 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.
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.
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.
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!!!
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
I'm sorry it's finished. I could have kept on listening forever to this one
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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
"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.
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