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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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    David florence, SC, USA 04-08-06
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon M. Wheeling, IL, USA 04-05-06
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 03-20-06
    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 03-20-06
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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!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Kizziar Texas 03-17-06
    Carol Kizziar Texas 03-17-06 Member Since 2016

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gula saleUnited Kingdom 02-25-06
    Gula saleUnited Kingdom 02-25-06 Member Since 2012
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    tysfamily 02-23-06
    tysfamily 02-23-06
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    "Interesting, but somewhat slow"

    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.

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    Melissa Peoria, AZ, USA 01-28-06
    Melissa Peoria, AZ, USA 01-28-06
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    "Great book!"

    I really enjoyed this book. It made it even better that it was read by the author. I would highly recommend it!

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    Daved Baker San Francisco 01-14-06
    Daved Baker San Francisco 01-14-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Stunning"

    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.

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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
    London,UK
    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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