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)
At first I was worried about the author being the reader, but after a while I realized that if anyone else read this, it wouldn't have been as good.
I truly enjoyed this book and found myself sitting in my car so I could hear 1 more chapter!
This book contrasts loyalty and betrayal, family and friendship, right and wrong, in a riveting story that begins in pre-war Afghanistan.
The use of prose and language is amazing. This is an interesting glimpse into Islam and the minds of the Afghan people as portrayed in the characters in the book. I didn't want to stop listening. This is one I will listen to again.
What a beautiful country it must have been once upon a time! And he made his culture familiar to me rather than seeming foreign. I was so overwhelmed by empathy when he described the life in Afghanistan before all the wars began--a culture that's all but lost.
The first few chapters were a little hard to get into. However once past that, the book became very good. This is the first fictional Audio book that I have ever felt was much better than the printed version. This was due to the fact that the author reads the book very well and with his native accent your mind loses track of the fact that it is actually a fictional book. His native pronunciation of the Indian words is much better than trying to decipher the same foreign words in a written book. Excellent story!
I liked it, don't get me wrong. I just didn't think it was such a great read. I have read some books lately that had me riveted and this wasn't one. I would recommend it but not to emphatically. Maybe it was to hyped up.
Just read a bunch of the other 5 star reviews and then download. There is a good reason this is a best seller and it's not a good PR dept.
It's difficult to describe the hold that this book had on me once I started listening to it. I couldn't turn it off. It was not a "feel good" book nor was the protagonist particularly appealing. However, it has a certain raw quality that made the story very real and certainly most human. Being able to hear the words of the author in his own voice is a definte strength in this type of medium.
The Kite Runner provides a wonderful perspective on life in Afghanistan from the end of the monarchy to the Soviet invasion and through the reign of the Taliban. The story is told through the eyes of the main character, Amir. His story is one of friendship, betrayal, remorse, and ultimately reconciliation. It becomes a powerful metaphor for the events swirling around the nation and people of Afghanistan itself.
After listening to this book, I can never think of Afghanistan in the same way again. The Kite Runner is ultimately a story about the destruction of an entire culture. However, through the story, Hosseini offers the reader the hope of eventual reconciliation and renewal.
In the form of a literary memoir, the author does a great job of recalling his transition from upper class life in Kabul, Afganistan to poverty in Freemont California. The author, a physician, makes the medical aspects of the story very realistic. I suspect that this is the best literary memoir since Angela's Ashes. Recommend for all. The narration, by the author, is very compelling.
This is a wonderful book, I highly recommend it. The irony in the end gets to be a bit much but it is an excellent story overall and very moving. It is a bit difficult to listen to at times as parts of the story are graphic and disturbing.
"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.
"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.
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
"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.
Absolutely fantastic! Hosseini's voice really transports you to the streets of Kabul. A moving story which will stay with you forever.
Loved it, can't wait to read/listen to other books by this author! Bravo as the author said
Could not leave the book if I wanted to. It became part of my thoughts. I had to keep listening.
One of the best books I've come across. An incredible experience enriched by the narration of the Author himself.
"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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