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The Kite Runner Audiobook

The Kite Runner

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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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    Brad Silver Spring, MD, United States 08-28-07
    Brad Silver Spring, MD, United States 08-28-07 Member Since 2010
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    "story great, reader hard to listen to"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Griswold 08-24-07
    E. Griswold 08-24-07

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    "A better reader please!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-16-07
    Andre Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-16-07
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    "Great Selection!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip PAPILLION, NE, United States 07-14-07
    Philip PAPILLION, NE, United States 07-14-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Stay with it"

    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.

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    Joan Helena, MT, USA 06-24-07
    Joan Helena, MT, USA 06-24-07
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    "The Kite Runner"

    Very interesting. A little drawn out towards the end, but still very enjoyable.

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    Daniele MeudonFrance 06-18-07
    Daniele MeudonFrance 06-18-07
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    "another world so much the same"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Palm Coast, FL, United States 06-14-07
    Elaine Palm Coast, FL, United States 06-14-07
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    "The Kite Runner"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dlight Terre Haute, IN 05-26-07
    dlight Terre Haute, IN 05-26-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful Story!!"

    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.

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    Brian A. San Jose, CA USA 05-22-07
    Brian A. San Jose, CA USA 05-22-07 Listener Since 2003
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    "Extremely predictable"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver 04-26-07
    Oliver 04-26-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"

    a little graphic, but overall a very well written book. I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would.

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  • A User
    11/23/08
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    "Wonderful"

    This story is a bit too good. Be careful. If you do not cry you are not human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom
    7/21/08
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    "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.

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  • Yogita
    4/18/08
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    "Eye-opening!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    3/22/08
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    St Julien -en- GenevoisFrance
    2/13/08
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    "fantastic"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    2/3/14
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    "A must read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kite Runner to be better than the print version?

    Yes as It was read by a Afghan who took me to his home and I felt I understood it better


    What other book might you compare The Kite Runner to, and why?

    Its a male version of a Thousand splendid suns


    Have you listened to any of Khaled Hosseini’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Khaled Hosseini is an amazing writer


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I felt I knew the people in the book like my family so laughed and cried with them.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get his "and the mountains echoed" into Audiobooks in English please

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Davies
    1/14/08
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    "Heartbreaking"

    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.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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