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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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    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

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    Margo New Mexico 05-07-05
    Margo New Mexico 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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    "One of the best yet"

    I've been a Audible user for over a year and this is one of the best I have listened to yet.

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    Ken Lafayette, IN, USA 04-22-05
    Ken Lafayette, IN, USA 04-22-05
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    "What a Surprise"

    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.

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    Stacey Placerville, CA, United States 04-22-05
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    "Great story of redemption"

    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!

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    Pablo Vienna, VA, USA 04-05-05
    Pablo Vienna, VA, USA 04-05-05
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    "Buy it!"

    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.
    Buy it!

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    Robert Tallahassee, FL, United States 04-03-05
    Robert Tallahassee, FL, United States 04-03-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Great book!"

    This book was wonderful. It was well-written and beautifully narrated. The story was fascianting. I highly recommend it.

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