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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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    Brian A. San Jose, CA USA 05-22-07
    Brian A. San Jose, CA USA 05-22-07 Listener Since 2003
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    "Extremely predictable"

    I came to this book with no pre-conceptions, but I have to say I ended up disappointed.

    First the positives: the language and style of the writing are solid. The author does a very good job of reading his own work, which is rare in this industry. The novel feels authentic. It is a touching subject matter.

    But my opinion of the book dropped sharply the more I heard, mostly for one reason. The plot is so predictable that it had me rolling my eyes at some points. I feel obligated not to list them here as they might spoil other readers, but there are very many heavy-handed plot devices in this book. Nearly every major plot point was heavily foreshadowed, and the level of coincidence caused me to actually laugh out loud at some inappropriate points. It's hard to feel much suspense when you know the author is taking a safe path all the time.

    It will be interesting to see how this translates into movie form, where I expect many others will notice that the plot falls down once the prose is stripped away.

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    Oliver 04-26-07
    Oliver 04-26-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"

    a little graphic, but overall a very well written book. I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would.

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    Linda Twinsburg, OH, USA 04-19-07
    Linda Twinsburg, OH, USA 04-19-07
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    "Spellbinding story"

    This book provides a totally new perspective on the culture and character of the Afghan people. Not all Afghans are Taliban or terrorists. The author tells a well written and spellbinding story that is hard to put down. The occupation by the Russians, the terror of the Taliban raids, and the bombing of their country highlights the hardship that the real people of this country have endured. I cannot say it erased all prejudice, but the characters in this book touched my heart.

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    Marilyn United States 04-11-07
    Marilyn United States 04-11-07
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    "Really liked this one."

    This was a little slow at the beginning, but it picked up & I really liked it. It was interesting to hear what Afghanistan was like before the Russian invasion & to get a a glimpse of what it was like under the Taliban. I liked the way the author didn't make the ending all sugar and spice, but kept it real.

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    Marc New York, NY, USA 04-01-07
    Marc New York, NY, USA 04-01-07
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    "Timeless. Heroic."

    Joseph Campbell said that there is but one real story: the hero's journey. "The Kite Runner's" protagonist Amir makes for a most unlikely hero. He is neither physically strong nor capable of the great deeds for which his towering father is known. But this is every man's story: loss, redemption and renewal. To hear the author read his own words was a privilege and brought life to the spoken word. 11 hours is a long running time, but in Hosseini's hands time flies and I enjoyed every moment of it. I highly recommend this title to those who know that there is a little bit of hero in all of us.

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    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 03-30-07
    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 03-30-07
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    "Totally Engaging."

    I spend most of my time travelling and fill the long spaces between destinations with audio books. Others have written more comprehensive reviews, so I will keep it brief and say that this book filled the time completely. Wonderful story, well told and totaly engaging.

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    Cj Pittsburgh, PA, USA 03-28-07
    Cj Pittsburgh, PA, USA 03-28-07
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    "The Kite Runner"

    Wonderfully written! The story holds the interest of the reader from about chapter 2 to the end. Exceptional story!

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    Sharon Lakewood, CO, USA 03-21-07
    Sharon Lakewood, CO, USA 03-21-07 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read"

    The Kite Runner touches on relationships with our families that reaches across cultures and religions. It also gives greater insight to what Afganistan was once like and how greed and war change everyones life that it touches. It also shows the ruthlessness of the Taliban and gave me a greater understanding of what the US is dealing with in the Mid-east.

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    Ken Salem, OH, USA 03-15-07
    Ken Salem, OH, USA 03-15-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Kite Runner"

    Outstanding, Riviting,Eyeopening

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    Chris Bridgeport, CT, USA 03-08-07
    Chris Bridgeport, CT, USA 03-08-07 Member Since 2013
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    "The Kite runner"

    This is an amazing book on growing up and realizing how mistakes can have a domino effect.
    I went to sleep at night listening to this book. I did not want to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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