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)
i actually enjoyed this book and the story line, but it was very difficult for me at first to get into listening to the author. he was just a little too dry for me, but i eventually go use to him. it did help that he could pronounce some of the ethnic words correctly.
the story is worth listening to. if you can get past the first quarter of the book you've got it made.
This is a wonderful and enlightening story. I just wish that the reader had been a "professional" rather than the author. His delivery was monotonous and sometimes hard to understand. We almost gave up on it after the first half hour. Fortunately the story became engrossing after that and the reading became less annoying.
Starts a little slow but the author does an impressive job narrating his own work. Really gets going in the second half. An excellent tale, well told.
The author also narrates the story and adds a realistic touch. It starts slow but well worth staying with as he winds the story together.
A nostalgic review of Afghanistan as it once was. And a chance to see that all people of Muslim origins aren't necessarily the fundamentalist version and still close to God. A good possibility to see that racial conflicts spare no society and no-one. And an entertaining, very personal story.
I'm so glad I read this book. It has given me an understanding of customs I knew little about. The story is so well told, one can only sit and listen from start to end!
I agree with the readers that call this a beautiful story. The fact that the narrator is the same as the author makes it even better. Some readers have called the main charcter weak; I call him human. Rather than glossing over the weak part it gives both parts -- good and bad and makes you appreciate the good even more. I liked the historical parts of the story as well as the actual plot.
This is a book I would recommend to others.
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.
This story is a bit too good. Be careful. If you do not cry you are not human.
"Fly the KIte with the longer tail"
It would be a great shame to opt for the abridged version of this fascinating story - best to go for the unabridged reading. The narrator adds the authenticity of voice to this presentation. It's important to remember that this is a work of fiction, crafted, refined, edited and sequenced rather than a documentary or simple relay of historical facts. Interesting to pick out what is real from what is invented, however - and the start of another journey.
Really enjoyed this one, the meaning comes from the events portrayal rather than in symbol - but a thrilling contemporary story, with lots of resonance in our contemporary world.
Despite the harrowing nature of this story, i was captivated from the very beginning. I read other reviewers mention that the author's narration was not good, but i have to disagree. It really added to the authenticity of the story, being able to hear the farsi words actually pronounced correctly. Even though the story moved through time and countries, i really felt i got a better understanding of afghan life and culture. Highly recommended!
"fantastic story, poor narrator"
Having read the printed version, I could not recommend this book enough, but was very disappointed in this audible version because of the narrator. He may be an excellent author, but as a reader he speaks far too quickly, sometimes garbled, and I had to really concentrate to follow him. This meant the audible version was not a relaxing experience.
This is the most wonderful book I have ever listened to. I would happily have sat and listened in one sitting. Beautifully read by the author this enhances the story. I cannot recommend this highly enough if you only purchase 2 books this year let them be this one and A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author.
"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
I could only listen to the first two hours - it was hearbreaking. I have deleted it. I am not criticising the author or reader, it was just too sad.
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