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The Kite Runner Audiobook

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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lin Rowback 12-20-05
    Lin Rowback 12-20-05 Member Since 2008
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Bristol, TN, USA 12-17-05
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Campbell Greeneville, TN USA 12-17-05
    Campbell Greeneville, TN USA 12-17-05

    Campbell C.

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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
    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
    Sara StockholmSweden 12-12-05
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    "overwhelming"

    Fascinating, interesting, moving, different… Really good.

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    B. Dickinson Detroit, MI USA 12-11-05
    B. Dickinson Detroit, MI USA 12-11-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Brian D"

    I found the book to be very interesting both from a story and context point of view. Not having much knowledge of Afghanastan and the surrounding area, I found that aspect to be facinating. Would recommend.

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    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.

    9 of 9 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.

    8 of 8 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.

    3 of 3 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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • a little bit of a grumpy old so and so
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    2/3/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Melanie Gedge
    2/2/15
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    "outstanding"

    Absolutely fantastic! Hosseini's voice really transports you to the streets of Kabul. A moving story which will stay with you forever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • missmandii
    1/26/15
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    "loved it!"

    Loved it, can't wait to read/listen to other books by this author! Bravo as the author said

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    1/10/15
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    "Breathtaking!"

    Could not leave the book if I wanted to. It became part of my thoughts. I had to keep listening.

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Greenfly
    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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