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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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    Andrew Crystal Lake, IL, USA 09-30-06
    Andrew Crystal Lake, IL, USA 09-30-06
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    "Powerful! Moving! Incredible!"

    Unforgettable! Even though at times the story was almost too tragic to take and the end left me wanting just a bit more hope, this is one incredible book! I connected with the characters immediately and by the end I felt a profound connection to the history and culture of Afghanistan and a deep appreciation for its tragic history over the last 40 years or so.

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    Stephanie Hollis, NH, USA 09-29-06
    Stephanie Hollis, NH, USA 09-29-06
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    "Loved this book!"

    The story is great, the narration is fantastic. I couldn't stop listening! The fact that the author (an Afghan-American) narrates adds an incredible sense of credibility and personalization.

    I can't stop thinking about this story, or tell enough people how great it is, even months later.

    Can't wait to hear more from this author...

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    Deborah Parker, CO USA 09-12-06
    Deborah Parker, CO USA 09-12-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Beautiful, beautiful story!"

    This book will take your breath away. The main character is at once, both noble and despicable. The landscape is haunting and the listener can appreciate the love the Afghan people have for their homeland. If you would like to have a firm grip on the action of the book, open an Atlas and take a look at the maps of Afghanistan and Iran. The place names are difficult, but seeing them on the map helps to orient you to the locations in the story.

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    Raoul RoermondUnited Kingdom 08-18-06
    Raoul RoermondUnited Kingdom 08-18-06
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    "good, but middle part bit boring"

    Good book, although the middle part was a bit hard to get through. Overall worth listening to.

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    Robert cypress, TX, USA 08-14-06
    Robert cypress, TX, USA 08-14-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Mixed Review"

    I have a hard time recommending this book yet, I am glad I listen to it. It gave me insight into a world and culture so different from my own and very real in today's war driven society. I found character names and places hard to follow. The language was difficult to comprehend at times. But the story is gripping and character's very real.

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    Rene San Marcos, US, Canada 08-14-06
    Rene San Marcos, US, Canada 08-14-06 Member Since 2008
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    "Compelling"

    Beautifully written, the reader will be transported into the day and age of the main character. Couldn't put it down.

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    Robin Tampa, FL, USA 08-02-06
    Robin Tampa, FL, USA 08-02-06
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    "To kill a mockingbird"

    This book was a treat and to have it read by the author in perfect English and to hear Farsi pronounciations was a gift. The story is nothing like the classic To Kill a Mockingbird and yet has the same emotional impact with similar themes (prejudice, relationships, love, honor, standing up to bullies), the same elegance of structure and trust that the reader will connect the dots on a deeper level, and same transportation to a different community.

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    C. J. Richardson Mississippi, USA 07-21-06
    C. J. Richardson Mississippi, USA 07-21-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Fantastic Novel!"

    The novel is a bit slow to start, but shortly thereafter is entirely gripping. I was skeptical of an author-narrated audio book, but Husseini does a fantastic job and his accent immerses the listener even further into his beautifully created landscapes of Afghani locations and culture.

    Highly recommended!

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    Paul Norwood Fresno, CA 07-14-06
    Paul Norwood Fresno, CA 07-14-06 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Choice"

    This is one of the three books which is required reading for the incoming class of Stanford University, next year (Fall 2006). I thought I would listen to it, though I wouldn't have generally chosen it. I like history and shy away from fiction. This book does not read like fiction and I wonder if many of the events did take place though there are some coincidences that can only be ficticious. I will find out from my daughter when she meets the author at Stanford. My daughter had a hard time reading the book because the author failed his best friend as well as himself. I encouraged my daughter to push on because our hero redeems himself. Every American should read this to feel the humanity of this Muslim author, the common ideas and philosophies we have in common and to experience the life in Afghanistan at its best and worst. The reader is excellent with just the right amount of accent.

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    L. Horn 06-21-06
    L. Horn 06-21-06 Listener Since 2002
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    "A must-read"

    This is an incredible story that pulls you in from the beginning and never lets go. Narrated in the 1st person, and against a historical background of Afghanistan, you have to keep reminding yourself it's a novel, not an amazing and touching autobiography. Excellent story, well-narrated...one of those books you hate for it to end!

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