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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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    David West Newton, MA, USA 12-25-05
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    "A fantastic read"

    Great book about a subject most of us know very little about. Just a wonderful story that leaves the listener not sure what turn the story will next take. An added bonus is that the author is also the narrator - just enhances the experience

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    Chris Woodridge, IL, USA 12-21-05
    Chris Woodridge, IL, USA 12-21-05
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    "Another World"

    This book was recommended to me by friends. i loved hearing it in the author's voice. He has the accent of his country and so of course he pronounces all the names of places and people like I never could. I felt like I was transported to a world that I didn't know anything about and will never visit. It brings up many deep issues about relationships between close friends. It reminded me a little of A Spearate Peace. Very well done.

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    Barbara Albany, NY, United States 12-21-05
    Barbara Albany, NY, United States 12-21-05 Member Since 2011

    Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.

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    "Grabbed me from the beginning"

    I love the way everything tied together in the end; the past comes rushing up to meet the future, everything bad becomes better, or at least recognized and reconciliated. The author is a good narrator. At first I thought the book was autobiographical. Even though it really isn't, it has an extra touch of authenticity because of this.

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    Lin Rowback 12-20-05
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    "Very entertaining and informative"

    This was a informative story giving insight into the life and culture in Afganistan. A well written and poignant story about two boys growing up as friends and their struggle to maintain that friendship in spite of their heritage. And how, as an adult, one man suffers from guilt largely due to the ignorance of youth--much as we all do. Excellent read.

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    Molly Bristol, TN, USA 12-17-05
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    "Engaging from the first chapter."

    I loved that the author read the book because it gives you a sense that what happens is real. A beautiful story of redemption and doing what is right. It took me to a place I never would have been. Fueled my interest in Afghanistan.

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    Campbell Greeneville, TN USA 12-17-05
    Campbell Greeneville, TN USA 12-17-05 Member Since 2013

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    "Often Great, But Depressing"

    The glimpse of Afghanistan both before and after the Taliban is riviting. I'm very glad I ordered this audio book and listened, but the deep scars of the protagonist and of the child he adopts lead to an uneasy reading experience. Of course, one might expect such terrible realities from characters embroiled in the cruelties and debasements associated with this part of the world. It's an excellent book, but full of pain.

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    Matthew West Islip, NY, USA 12-15-05
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    "Splendid"

    A wonderful, but tragic story. Only the author could read this book as perfect as he does.

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    Camilla East Gosford, Australia 12-14-05
    Camilla East Gosford, Australia 12-14-05
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    "First Book, Best Book"

    This book was extraordinary in the way the reader becomed totally immersed in the life and characters portrayed in the book. It is very powerful and has the ability to inform and educate the reader. I found the story mesmerising and immediately listened to it again.

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    David Tijeras, NM, USA 12-12-05
    David Tijeras, NM, USA 12-12-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellence"

    This will be short, unlike (fortunatly) this book. Cut to the chase - this is the best book I have EVER experinced in my 43 years of life. As a father and a husband, I could identify with many of the complexities written by the author. One of the best things about this book is that it is read by the author and it is moving, entertaining, informative, and tear jerking - all due to the writing and reading of the story by the author. I really do not feel I would have been impacted nearly as much had I not had the subtle nuances of the Farsi tongue to help tell the story. Bravo

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    Sara StockholmSweden 12-12-05
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    Fascinating, interesting, moving, different… Really good.

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