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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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    Ken Lafayette, IN, USA 04-22-05
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    "What a Surprise"

    I didn't know what to expect from this book. I downloaded based on the ratings and buzz. What a pleasure! I found myself on vacation and just wanting to sit in the sun and listen to this story unfold. The author's narration was very good and makes this even more effective than the printed book. However, I did buy the print copy after completing the audio book to give to my wife and son.

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    Stacey 04-22-05
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    "Great story of redemption"

    If you like books that give you an insight into other cultures such as Memiors of a Geisha or The Bone Setters Daughter then you will really enjoy The Kite Runner. The main character (narrorator) is flawed and real and someone we can all relate to probably more than we'd like to admit. The faithfulness of his childhood friend, Hassan, is touching and inspiring. A wonderfully written story of redemption. I highly reccomend this book!

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    Pablo Vienna, VA, USA 04-05-05
    Pablo Vienna, VA, USA 04-05-05
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    "Buy it!"

    I downloaded this title based on the reviews that I read here. I wasn't very sure because I tend to like strong themes, thrillers, and important complots. I'm so glad I did! I fell in love with this book, with this story.
    Buy it!

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    Robert Tallahassee, FL, United States 04-03-05
    Robert Tallahassee, FL, United States 04-03-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    This book was wonderful. It was well-written and beautifully narrated. The story was fascianting. I highly recommend it.

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    Harri 03-21-05
    Harri 03-21-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Recommendable indeed"

    My first thought was that I can not listen this. And after an hour I could not stop listening! Very original voice. Give this book a change.

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    Rachel 03-18-05
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    "So profound on so many levels"

    An incredible book. So well written, so well read, so incredibly profound.

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    Mary E. Orris 03-17-05 Member Since 2006

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    "Unique:"

    A wonderful tale with an enlightening setting and insight to Afghanistan, its culture and a protagonist tortured by himself just as AFghanistan was tortured by the Taliban. This adds a dimension to our recent history that is otherwise difficult to discern. I'll remember this for a long time; the reader's multidimensional tones and intonations added a richness that would otherwise have gone undiscovered.

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    Helene Schaefferstown, PA, USA 03-16-05
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    "Catches your heart and doesn't let go!"

    This is a must read. One of the best books of the year. One of those great ones that you don't want to end. The reader (author) adds to the integrity and sensitivity of the book. Great cultural insights and a better understanding of Afghani life. Great, great book - one of my all-time favorites. I've recommended it to all of my friends.

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    Nancy McCracken LADERA RANCH, CA, US 03-14-05
    Nancy McCracken LADERA RANCH, CA, US 03-14-05 Member Since 2011
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    "The Kite Runner"

    Absolutely one of the best "listens" I've had in a long time.
    I actually went out and bought the hardback to put in my favorites collection. I don't have a lot of contemporary fiction in my collection. At some points I had to stop to contemplate and either enjoy, or cry, or tear my hair out with frustration.
    His voice was great,,some accent but totally easy to understand. It added to the culture of the book.
    We read this for our book club. I would reccommend pairing this with the novel "The House of Sand and Fog".
    This is the kind of book that builds understanding and empathy for those that are different from us.
    Awesome.

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    Margy WAILUKU, HI, USA 03-03-05
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    "Great Story"

    When I started this book I had no idea how involved I would get. It was written and narrated so beautifully that I couldn't stop listening.

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    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
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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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