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The Kite Runner Audiobook

The Kite Runner

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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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    Janet Fort Wayne, IN, USA 02-23-08
    Janet Fort Wayne, IN, USA 02-23-08
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    fred greensboro nc 02-22-08
    fred greensboro nc 02-22-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Better Than The Movie"

    My wife always reminds me that the movie is never as good the book. If you found the movie at all enjoyable then you'll love this book. In even the darkest times the characters come to life.

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    Ruth BLACKBURN, Australia 02-20-08
    Ruth BLACKBURN, Australia 02-20-08
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    "The Kite Runner"

    Wonderful, harrowing, absorbing, terrifying. This book is a rollercoaster ride all the way. I'm glad that I am blessed by living in Australia.

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    Anna 02-14-08
    Anna 02-14-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Kite Runner"

    One of the best books I have ever read. I couldn't put it down. I only hope a sequel might evolve.

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    GSA2k 02-11-08
    GSA2k 02-11-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb"

    A great read... or listen, as it were. Could not put down. A roller coaster of emotion that left me fulfilled and sad at the same time. A must for any library. Mr. Hosseini told the story so wonderfully well that I had to go back to the description to confirm that it was fiction. He conveyed so vividly descriptions of the culture, the religion, the landscape and the soul of the Afghani people that you felt that he personally lived the tragedy… perhaps he did. He makes you taste the food, feel the dust and blood on your face, feel the anger and desperation so that you fall and triumph along with the hero.

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    Christopher Pearson 02-04-08
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    "Bravo"

    This excellently written and narrated book made a grown man cry on several occasions.

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    J. Tiefel Thousand Oaks, CA USA 01-31-08
    J. Tiefel Thousand Oaks, CA USA 01-31-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Wow"

    I saw the movie first and this book was really the "frosting on the cake"! What a great look at a culture so different from mine. It gave me a real appreciation for my freedom in this country and the "plenty" we enjoy! This was a story of love, compassion, and redemption and I look forward to reading more of the author's works. Hearing the author read the story gave it more depth. The author spoke clearly and yet peppered the English text with many words from his own language without detracting from the story.

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    usagems 01-18-08
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    "A Truly Amazing Book"

    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.

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    Rosalind Sunset, SC, USA 01-17-08
    Rosalind Sunset, SC, USA 01-17-08
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    "Kite Runner"

    Loved the book, I listened to it from Atlanta to Seattle and back again, it was such a great story I couldn't put it away.

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    J. Speer OHIO 01-04-08
    J. Speer OHIO 01-04-08 Member Since 2011

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    "A must-read joy!"

    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.

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