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 fitting three-star book, this is decently written and well read but has characters who are hard to like and a plot that moves slowly. This story doesn't entice the listener to care about who's in it or what's going on. Without good character development or any suspense, this story lacks the page-turning quality that makes a book fun. I only just finished listening to it, and it's already fading from my mind, proving itself to be completely forgettable.
Finished the book with a deeper appreciation for Afghans and the ebbs and flows of life. Be prepared for the sad reality of sexual abuse of children, public stonings. etc., while at the same time, the value of loyalty and freedom. Would have given it 4 or 5 stars except for the several uses of the f*** word and Lord's name in vain. For such a well written book, I would expect a little better mastery of the English language to express strong emotions.
When the author reads his or her own book it can go either way. When Douglas Adams reads his, brilliant. However, in this book, the author is not a good narrator. I couldn't even get past the first chapter. I was not engaged and I am not sure if it is because the author's voice is distracting me or if it is the actual book. I imagine it could be both. I would play it safe and check this book out at the library before purchasing.
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