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 really enjoyed this book. At first, it was kind of slow, a litany of childhood experiences. But as I listened, it began to grab me, and I began to really care about the characters. I enjoyed learning more about Afghan culture, especially kite-flying, which I didn't realize was such a brutal sport. Khaled Hosseini does a great job reading the book, I found his style endearing. Also interesting were his perspectives on the US, the Taliban, and September 11.
Hosseini has done a superb job of storytelling with The Kite Runner. His characters are absolutely alive and believable. This novel is a story told at many different levels. On the surface, it is a story of a boy coming of age in Afghanistan. At other levels, it is a story of relationships, love, betrayal, the measure of worth of human beings. This book is like a bowl of delicious fruit. The words should be savored and not rushed. This is the best book that I have read this year, bar none. This book will hook you from the start. The descriptions of Kabul and Afghanistan, and the Pashtun culture are wonderful, in and of themselves. I don't believe that you can go wrong with this book. I only hope that the author has another book left within.
I thought that this was an exceptional book. It's very well written and an interesting story. While it was fiction, because I knew that it was read by the author, I felt like he was telling me his own story. I also felt that I was learning a little about what it must be like to live in today's Afghanistan.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, plot and characters. However, I was personally very disappointed by the author's monotone reading. I suggest you test listen first to make sure the author's voice does not grate your nerves.
yes it is a wonderful book
I cant think of one
he did a good job, nice voice
the whole thing
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
A powerful novel! Even better than THOUSAND SUNS!
I did not enjoy this audiobook. It took me a long time to get into it and I was not completely convinced it was a work of fiction. Read by the author and told in the first person, it was almost like an autobiographical history of his childhood. While Khaled is a storyteller for sure, I finished listening to it because I just wanted to be done with it. I had mixed thoughts before buying it, because I was unsure, but it was rated so high and reviewed so much, I thought my hunch must have been wrong. Unfortunately, I should have listened to my heart instead of this 12 hour book...
"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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