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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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.
"Great story - tissues needed for lots of tears!"
A great story which takes the reader through a myriad of emotions - be prepared for tears!
I loved the twists and turns of the story - most of which I could never have predicted.
Without wanting to, I always had great sympathy for the central character - his misdemeanours were obviously key to the plot and had such devastating effects and yet, I felt so sorry for him.
The descriptions of the characters and scenery was powerful and deep so it made them very believable, and I thought that the story may have been autobiographical until I checked!
Well written and powerful.
"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
One of the best books I've come across. An incredible experience enriched by the narration of the Author himself.
"Wow, what a story!"
I loved this book it gave a new insight into the troubles of Afghanistan, brutal in parts, made me flinch but for all that a great tale of love, betrayal & consequence. Didn't want it to end & the author Khaled Hosseini was a brilliant narrator!
This is the best audio book I have ever heard, and is easily in the top 10 books I've come across in my 47 years
The lead character is beautifully flawed. The characters are real, you can feel them, you can smell them and you can relate to their humanity.
This is the first book I've heard the author perform but I will listen to anything he does in the future and read everything he writes.
I listened to the whole book in a day and a half! I wanted to eek it out but I could. I will actually read it at some point in the future, it is that good.
Beautiful and immense in it's humanity.
"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 .
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