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 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.
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.
I would reccomend this book to anyone with a little patience. After hanging in there for about 90 minutes, I became hooked!
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.
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.
sometimes predicable, but a great story with an emotional hook
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.
"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.
"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
"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.
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