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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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    L. Marrero Austin, TX 08-24-05
    L. Marrero Austin, TX 08-24-05 Listener Since 2002
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    "Fantastic, gripping read"

    I have never written an Audible review before, but was compelled to write this one. I was hesitant to commit to a very lengthy unabridged book, but... wow. I couldn't put it down. I think it's good to warn people, however, that the content is disturbing-- children get brutally hurt, I'll just say that. The themes of loyalty and redemption are what make it so worthwhile. The author is the perfect person to read this work-- his pronunciations and obvious passion for the story really come through. The character development was excellent-- I felt I knew these people. I loved getting a sense of Afghanistan and learning more about the history and traditions. This is a GREAT read.

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    Arnold 08-24-05
    Arnold 08-24-05
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    "Terrific"

    This is one of my favorite audio books of all time. A very compelling story in its own right, and also informative as to life in Afghanistan and the changes wrought there over the years. The author's reading of the book is outstanding and his accent makes the story all the more convincing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim McKinney, TX, USA 08-08-05
    Tim McKinney, TX, USA 08-08-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Little Slow at first, but an excellent listen!"

    I would reccomend this book to anyone with a little patience. After hanging in there for about 90 minutes, I became hooked!

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    MsJeanS 08-07-05
    MsJeanS 08-07-05

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    "Interesting and well read."

    The Kite Runner is a wonderfully interesting story and vividly portrays what it's like growing up in a third world country. Although there is some violence, none of it is gratuitous but is essential to the progress of the story. The problems and difficulties of life are shown through the eyes of the youthful protagonists. It is a beautifully written and narrated story, and a favorite of the audible books that I have read.

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    Vikki Chesterfield, MI, USA 08-07-05
    Vikki Chesterfield, MI, USA 08-07-05
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    "Stay with it!"

    I was not too sure about this book at the beginning, but stay with it. Brutal at times but the story is great, one of my audible favorites so far.

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    Holly Cow SGV 08-07-05
    Holly Cow SGV 08-07-05 Member Since 2005

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    "great story"

    I wouldn't have imagined that this book would be so action packed and have so many plot twists from reading the books description. I really enjoyed it.

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    "consistent"

    sometimes predicable, but a great story with an emotional hook

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    Valeri Rock Hill, SC, United States 07-26-05
    Valeri Rock Hill, SC, United States 07-26-05 Member Since 2013
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    "The Kite Runner"

    A wonderful story of friendship and coming of agethat offers a glimpse into the rich culture of Afghanistan.

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    Jaime Delmar, NY, USA 07-03-05
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    This was such a fantastic listen. So well done that I finished the entire book in 2 days. Enjoy!!

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    Kimberly Sewell, NJ, USA 07-02-05
    Kimberly Sewell, NJ, USA 07-02-05
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    "Great! Fantastic!!"

    In the beginning of the book, I thought, What is all the hype about? By the middle of the book I was hooked. I thought The Kite Runner was a fantastic read/listen, and I have already recommended this book to many friends. Although the book is fiction, the author uses real facts in writing the book making it more interesting. I definitely recommend this book to anyone trying to decide what to listen to next.

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    bere regis, DORSET, United Kingdom
    7/2/05
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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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    ArgentonFrance
    3/6/07
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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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah J
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    1/15/11
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul & Susy
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    5/17/08
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    angus, United Kingdom
    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • a little bit of a grumpy old so and so
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    "Simply a brilliant epic story"

    This is the harrowing tale of Amir from his early days in Afghanistan through to the U.S. and back to find the boyhood friend he betrayed. It's backdrop is a period of almost continuous war from the Russian invasion, through to the time of the brutal Taliban regime. It is harrowing in places, brilliantly written and performed and impossible to put down. In my top 10 any day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Melanie Gedge
    2/2/15
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    "outstanding"

    Absolutely fantastic! Hosseini's voice really transports you to the streets of Kabul. A moving story which will stay with you forever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • missmandii
    1/26/15
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    "loved it!"

    Loved it, can't wait to read/listen to other books by this author! Bravo as the author said

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    1/10/15
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    "Breathtaking!"

    Could not leave the book if I wanted to. It became part of my thoughts. I had to keep listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Corrado M.
    10/22/14
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    "Magnificent"

    One of the best books I've come across. An incredible experience enriched by the narration of the Author himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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