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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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    Blackmac 04-27-06
    Blackmac 04-27-06 Member Since 2016

    Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.

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    I was a little hesitant to download this but am glad I did. This was one of the best I've come across yet on audible. The author narrates this extremely well and you will come away knowing a lot more about Afghanistan and its rich culture. A heartbreaking tale of childhood, love and redemption. Don't miss this one!

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    Peggy Loveland, CO, USA 04-22-06
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    "Absolutely Fabulous!"

    One of the best stories I've ever read...wonderfully narrated .. a must!

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    Scott woodbury, MN, United States 04-16-06
    Scott woodbury, MN, United States 04-16-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Stays with you"

    Tremendous tale over a lifetime. This story will expose the shame we all feel when we don't always do the right thing. An insight into the culture of Afganastan, but the story is independent of culture. I ended up reading the book as well. Awesome prose.

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    David florence, SC, USA 04-08-06
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    "good listen"

    A very good listen. Story well told, although, long.

    This book is one of a very few that benefits from the author's reading. He pronounces the Afgan names and words properly and makes the book more authentic.

    Plenty of twists and irony.
    Although the story could be sited anywhere in the world, the listener feels they learn something of the culture of that country.

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    Brandon M. Wheeling, IL, USA 04-05-06
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    "Amazing"

    This book sucked me in! The Kite Runner had me longing for my normally dreaded commute. After returning home in the evenings, I sat entranced in my driveway just for a few more minutes; listening. Bravo to the author.

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    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 03-20-06
    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 03-20-06 Member Since 2016
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    "A NEW UNDERSTANDING"

    This book is a must read. I cried and smiled but most of all learned much more about a culture that many know nothing about. It also helped me realize that we all live with demons and with time and knowledge we can come full circle if we just open ourselves to the signs. WONDERFUL BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

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    Carol Kizziar Texas 03-17-06
    Carol Kizziar Texas 03-17-06 Listener Since 2005

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    "Great book"

    This was a great book. I loved the heck out of it. It now one of my all time favorites.

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    Beth Mableton, GA, United States 03-04-06
    Beth Mableton, GA, United States 03-04-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Sad and eloquent"

    As the author states in the book, sad stories are the best. This was a very good listen, but please be warnned I sobbed all the way home one day listening to this in my car. I have a new feeling and knowledge for the people of Afghanistan.

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    Gula saleUnited Kingdom 02-25-06
    Gula saleUnited Kingdom 02-25-06
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    "you will love this"

    heart rendering,engaging,thought provoking and exceptionally visual....Khaled takes you to another world where you witness tragedy,betrayal,loyalty and hope as if it were infront of you.for a few hours you will have another life in a far away world made seemlingly of more than just your imagination.Hard to believe it is just a fictional entity and his first novel...utterly captivating....i guarantee if you are made of flesh and bones you will shed tears...Be warned...your heart strings will be pulled.

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    Monica Huntsville, AL, USA 02-25-06
    Monica Huntsville, AL, USA 02-25-06
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    "Compelling"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story, characters, and the setting. It made me want to learn more about Afghanistan, which I think is a sign of a great book.

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