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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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    Samia San Jose, CA, USA 01-06-05
    Samia San Jose, CA, USA 01-06-05
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    "Powerful, interesting, and well-written book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 11-15-04
    Robert El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 11-15-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderfully Written. Best of the Year!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Buchanan Los Angeles 08-22-04
    John S. Buchanan Los Angeles 08-22-04

    Apple's mom

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    "worthwhile"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Kuala LumpurMalaysia 09-30-05
    Nicole Kuala LumpurMalaysia 09-30-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Story, annoying reader"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ramachandra Kuwait, Kuwait 04-15-05
    Ramachandra Kuwait, Kuwait 04-15-05 Member Since 2005
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    "a well told story"

    An excellent story, very vividly written and well narrated. I enjoyed it very much.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bailey Greenville, SC, United States 02-26-05
    bailey Greenville, SC, United States 02-26-05 Member Since 2004
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    "A moving tale"

    I couldn't stop listening.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    rachael WOODACRE, CA, United States 07-01-12
    rachael WOODACRE, CA, United States 07-01-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes it is a wonderful book


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

    I cant think of one


    What about Khaled Hosseini’s performance did you like?

    he did a good job, nice voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the whole thing


    Any additional comments?

    great read

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Absolutely wonderful"

    A powerful novel! Even better than THOUSAND SUNS!

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    Andrew Haddam, CT, USA 08-17-08
    Andrew Haddam, CT, USA 08-17-08
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    "Great book"

    I really enjoyed the Kite Runner. It is a well written book. You really get a feel for life in Afghanistan. It is well read by the author.

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    Adam 08-10-08
    Adam 08-10-08
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    "Not what I expected"

    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...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Laura
    bere regis, DORSET, United Kingdom
    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    ArgentonFrance
    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    HAYLING ISLAND, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah J
    Kent.UK
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul & Susy
    London United Kingdom
    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.

    1 of 1 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

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    8/13/14
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie
    uk
    8/2/14
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    "Stunning"
    Where does The Kite Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful and immense in it's humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crafty jan
    5/12/14
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    "A life enhancing experience in Reading this bookI"
    What did you like most about The Kite Runner?

    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 .


    What did you like best about this story?

    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 .


    Which character – as performed by Khaled Hosseini – was your favourite?

    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 .


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

    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 .


    Any additional comments?

    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 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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