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)
A wonderful tale with an enlightening setting and insight to Afghanistan, its culture and a protagonist tortured by himself just as AFghanistan was tortured by the Taliban. This adds a dimension to our recent history that is otherwise difficult to discern. I'll remember this for a long time; the reader's multidimensional tones and intonations added a richness that would otherwise have gone undiscovered.
This is a must read. One of the best books of the year. One of those great ones that you don't want to end. The reader (author) adds to the integrity and sensitivity of the book. Great cultural insights and a better understanding of Afghani life. Great, great book - one of my all-time favorites. I've recommended it to all of my friends.
Absolutely one of the best "listens" I've had in a long time.
I actually went out and bought the hardback to put in my favorites collection. I don't have a lot of contemporary fiction in my collection. At some points I had to stop to contemplate and either enjoy, or cry, or tear my hair out with frustration.
His voice was great,,some accent but totally easy to understand. It added to the culture of the book.
We read this for our book club. I would reccommend pairing this with the novel "The House of Sand and Fog".
This is the kind of book that builds understanding and empathy for those that are different from us.
Don't even begin listening to this book unless you have plenty of time because it is impossible to turn off. This fabulous tale is my all time favorite audible and perhaps my favorite book ever. Bravo!
The story is well-told and the writing style is good. However, at the end of listening, you know that it is just a STORY, and nothing more. There are a significant number of holes if one muses for a while. For example, the father not giving Hussein the most important gift - education; the quick transition from a person who has neither courage nor a sense of fairness to a super-hero... Thus, the book seems contrived and artificial, like a Chinese dish with too much MSG.
I have been an avid audible "reader" for years and this book is one of the best "reads" I've listened to. Looking for other books by this author.
A genuinely compelling story. Rich in detail wrapped around the loss of innocence and culture as a young man grows up in Kabul, immigratres to the US, and then returns to redeem an action be did not take in his youth. I agree with another reviewer at the surprise in being so engrossed with a character that at first appeared so self-absorbed and weak. In the end I believe it made the character's life experience more accessible. Not a "5" because the narrator's voice was a bit whiney - thought not unlike the young man described.
I'm an avid audio book lover who has listened to hundreds. This book is added to my All Time Greatest. It is captivating from the very beginning and (my test of a great book) I was sad when it ended. I wanted more. You will enjoy this book if you like getting to know your characters as "new friends." I thoroughly enjoyed learning how the Afghanistan wars affected "real" people and their struggles. It is nearly a 12 hour listen, but it went much too quickly. It is read by the author and I believe his slight accent makes this book come more alive through his use of his language here and there. Wonderful book!
What I enjoyed most in this book was the immersion into the Afgani culture. The story was good, if unbelievable and often predictable. However, the "writing" itself was mediocre. The editor should have worked harder with this first-time author. I was often bored and often annoyed at the predicability of it. However, the story line and the timeliness of the book redeemed it for me.
"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
"A life enhancing experience in Reading this bookI"
I actually feel ashamed of the really stereo type opinion I had of Afganastan and it's people before reading this book . It really opened my eyes to the fact that away from all the horrors of the war and terrorism , the ordinary people are just like us and love their families .
The graphic descriptions of the feelings and emotions of the main character , and how one seemingly random incident can colour and affect the rest of your life .
I felt in all honesty that all the main characters carried equal weight in the story , at different times in the life of the main character .
The book had a real emotional effect on me in that I finished the story wishing I could know what happened next . Clearly not just a happy ending , but an idea of how the horrors of the war would be affecting the next generation .
An excellent read and I would highly recommend it , but be prepared to have some of possibly preconceived ideas on the country and it's people overturned .
"A great book"
This is a great book; a brilliant story. Sci-Fi is my first love, but The Kite Runner slots effortlessly into my top-five. I feel like I've been to Afghanistan , admired Baba and been terrified of Assef. I want to sit on top of the hill and eat pomegranates and run kites.
This is, without doubt, one the best books I've ever read. There's nothing spare. Every word adds to the story, and I'm sorry I finished it today.
"A must read"
Yes as It was read by a Afghan who took me to his home and I felt I understood it better
Its a male version of a Thousand splendid suns
Khaled Hosseini is an amazing writer
Yes I felt I knew the people in the book like my family so laughed and cried with them.
Please get his "and the mountains echoed" into Audiobooks in English please
"Disturbing yet heart-warming tale"
It was wonderful to have this amazing book read by the author himself. He writes and reads with such sensitivity. He brings to life an era of Afghan history which is now gone. The changing perspectives of the narrator as a child and an adult provide a very human dimension. I became completely absorbed in the character. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
The Kite Runner is the first book I have read by Khaled Hosseini and it is without doubt one of the most moving I have ever experienced. At times it had me close to tears (not quite as I am a man...) and on a few occasions laughing out loud. I also downloaded, A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author which was also decent but not on the same level. Not too long in duration. Highly recommended by myself!
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