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.
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"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)
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
This book was interesting because I learned a little about Afghan culture but the book was nothing but depressing story after depressing story. It was slow at times and lost my interest every once in a while. It was an ok listen--not bad, but not one I would give a rave review about.
Impossible to get out of your mind - I read it 6 months ago and can't stop thinking about it. The story is so very sad, yet what remains with me most is the theme of redemption - the chance for it even when it seems impossible. A similiar theme is explored in "A Changed Man" (Francine Prose), though the plot is less tragic.
"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.
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.
"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.
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
"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.
Absolutely fantastic! Hosseini's voice really transports you to the streets of Kabul. A moving story which will stay with you forever.
Loved it, can't wait to read/listen to other books by this author! Bravo as the author said
Could not leave the book if I wanted to. It became part of my thoughts. I had to keep listening.
One of the best books I've come across. An incredible experience enriched by the narration of the Author himself.
"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!
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