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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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    Wenying New York, NY, USA 02-12-05
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    "Good at the first glance"

    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.

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    Dolores L. Loftin Sun Lakes, AZ, US 02-12-05
    Dolores L. Loftin Sun Lakes, AZ, US 02-12-05 Member Since 2004
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    "The Kite Runner"

    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.

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    Elena Jefferson Valley, NY, USA 02-11-05
    Elena Jefferson Valley, NY, USA 02-11-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Vivid storytelling"

    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.

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    Betty Lou Fockler Centerburg OH USA 02-07-05
    Betty Lou Fockler Centerburg OH USA 02-07-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Put this Book at the TOP of your list!"

    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!

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    Margaret Brooklyn, NY, USA 02-04-05
    Margaret Brooklyn, NY, USA 02-04-05
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    "It was OK"

    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.

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    Steven Evanston, IL, USA 01-31-05
    Steven Evanston, IL, USA 01-31-05
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    "Wonderful"

    Don't miss this one.

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    Emilio Atlanta, GA, United States 01-29-05
    Emilio Atlanta, GA, United States 01-29-05 Member Since 2012
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    "beautiful story"

    Pinpoint perspective about a demographic so misrepresented in view of present events.

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    "A Truely Great Book"

    All I can really say about this book, is that it is simply one of the best i've ever read, and the Narration is very good, easy to understand. This is the sort of book that simply, just tells a good story, gives you an insight into the different minds, the different cultures, and the different things that makes us human. No matter what genre of story You enjoy, I am sure you will like this one. It is not a drawn out love story, nor an action pact racer, but a page turner just the same. I Truely enjoyed this audio book and would recomend it for Everyone.

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    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 01-27-05
    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 01-27-05 Member Since 2003
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    "The best download I have ever listened to."

    I have been an Audible member for almost two years now, and this was the best of the books I have read. This novel has everything you could want in a good read - humor, irony, fascinating plot, humanity. I am going to listen to it again, something I don't often do with my library.

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    Patty Huntington Beach, CA 01-15-05
    Patty Huntington Beach, CA 01-15-05 Member Since 2004

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    Loved it! I was hesitant to buy it as it sounded so far afield of what I usually like. But wow! My husband who prides himself on not reading fiction was so engrossed in it that he was consistently late to work sitting in the car once he arrived in the mornings. Best book I've gotten from audible. A must read!

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    "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.

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  • Lynne
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    "Wonderfully Poignant"

    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.

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  • Sarah J
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    "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.

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  • Paul & Susy
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    "Painted and insightful picture of Afghanistan"

    It's a story of honour, regret and redemption; and two families divided by ethnic prejudice.

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  • Catherine
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    3/25/08
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    "stunningly good"

    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

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  • Mr. R. J. King
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    "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.

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  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    2/3/14
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    "A must read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kite Runner to be better than the print version?

    Yes as It was read by a Afghan who took me to his home and I felt I understood it better


    What other book might you compare The Kite Runner to, and why?

    Its a male version of a Thousand splendid suns


    Have you listened to any of Khaled Hosseini’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Khaled Hosseini is an amazing writer


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I felt I knew the people in the book like my family so laughed and cried with them.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get his "and the mountains echoed" into Audiobooks in English please

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  • MRM
    UK
    4/13/13
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    "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.

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  • MR
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Brilliant"

    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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  • Andy
    Uxbridge, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Loved it!"

    This was one of the very first audiobooks that I purchased and from then on I was hooked. The story was beautiful, humbling, frightening and inspiring. An excellent book of modern day Afghanistan providing vivid context of the life and trials of it people.

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