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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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    Tim McKinney, TX, USA 08-08-05
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    "Little Slow at first, but an excellent listen!"

    I would reccomend this book to anyone with a little patience. After hanging in there for about 90 minutes, I became hooked!

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    MsJeanS 08-07-05
    MsJeanS 08-07-05

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    "Interesting and well read."

    The Kite Runner is a wonderfully interesting story and vividly portrays what it's like growing up in a third world country. Although there is some violence, none of it is gratuitous but is essential to the progress of the story. The problems and difficulties of life are shown through the eyes of the youthful protagonists. It is a beautifully written and narrated story, and a favorite of the audible books that I have read.

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    Vikki Chesterfield, MI, USA 08-07-05
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    "Stay with it!"

    I was not too sure about this book at the beginning, but stay with it. Brutal at times but the story is great, one of my audible favorites so far.

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    Holly Cow SGV 08-07-05
    Holly Cow SGV 08-07-05 Member Since 2005

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    I wouldn't have imagined that this book would be so action packed and have so many plot twists from reading the books description. I really enjoyed it.

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    Valeri Rock Hill, SC, United States 07-26-05 Member Since 2013
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    "The Kite Runner"

    A wonderful story of friendship and coming of agethat offers a glimpse into the rich culture of Afghanistan.

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    Jaime Delmar, NY, USA 07-03-05
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    This was such a fantastic listen. So well done that I finished the entire book in 2 days. Enjoy!!

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    Kimberly Sewell, NJ, USA 07-02-05
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    "Great! Fantastic!!"

    In the beginning of the book, I thought, What is all the hype about? By the middle of the book I was hooked. I thought The Kite Runner was a fantastic read/listen, and I have already recommended this book to many friends. Although the book is fiction, the author uses real facts in writing the book making it more interesting. I definitely recommend this book to anyone trying to decide what to listen to next.

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    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 06-30-05
    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 06-30-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply wonderful."

    If, like me, you flipped through the pages of this bestseller in a bookstore and thought, "it's not for me," then chances are that you're wrong. The book is beautifully written, with unforgettable and vividly drawn characters. And as a brief history of Afghanistan you'll never again regard it as just another place where the US is waging war. The final two words of the novel will echo through your ears long after you finish the book.

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    Sharon L. Porter La Grande, OR, United States 06-28-05
    Sharon L. Porter La Grande, OR, United States 06-28-05 Member Since 2013

    I am a retired assistant professor at Eastern Oregon University who plays ukulele, bass, and sings.

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    "I am ruined!"

    This story has ruined me as it sets the highest example for the portrayal of relationships, the role of politics in the lives of countrypersons, and the price of dignity and honor. I am afraid that I will never find a book that is this engaging. I shouted out in my car when a plot twist unfolded! I cried twice on my way home from a long trip as the poignancy of the story played through my heart!

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