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)
The longer this book goes on, the more predictable, contrived, and cliched it gets. By the end, I was shaking my head, wishing that the author hadn't taken me on a joyless emotional roller coaster. The plot seems synthetically designed to push every maudlin button in the hope of evoking a human response. My only response was a feeling of relief that it was over.
I highly recommend listening to this one. I rarely come across an audio book that has all three of the right elements: Excellent narration, compelling plot and characters, and the ability to make me not want to stop listening!
I especially found the recent historical events (like the Taliban) an interesting and authentic part of the story.
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.
"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.
"Painted and insightful picture of Afghanistan"
It's a story of honour, regret and redemption; and two families divided by ethnic prejudice.
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
"A life enhancing experience in Reading this bookI"
I actually feel ashamed of the really stereo type opinion I had of Afganastan and it's people before reading this book . It really opened my eyes to the fact that away from all the horrors of the war and terrorism , the ordinary people are just like us and love their families .
The graphic descriptions of the feelings and emotions of the main character , and how one seemingly random incident can colour and affect the rest of your life .
I felt in all honesty that all the main characters carried equal weight in the story , at different times in the life of the main character .
The book had a real emotional effect on me in that I finished the story wishing I could know what happened next . Clearly not just a happy ending , but an idea of how the horrors of the war would be affecting the next generation .
An excellent read and I would highly recommend it , but be prepared to have some of possibly preconceived ideas on the country and it's people overturned .
"A great book"
This is a great book; a brilliant story. Sci-Fi is my first love, but The Kite Runner slots effortlessly into my top-five. I feel like I've been to Afghanistan , admired Baba and been terrified of Assef. I want to sit on top of the hill and eat pomegranates and run kites.
This is, without doubt, one the best books I've ever read. There's nothing spare. Every word adds to the story, and I'm sorry I finished it today.
"A must read"
Yes as It was read by a Afghan who took me to his home and I felt I understood it better
Its a male version of a Thousand splendid suns
Khaled Hosseini is an amazing writer
Yes I felt I knew the people in the book like my family so laughed and cried with them.
Please get his "and the mountains echoed" into Audiobooks in English please
"Disturbing yet heart-warming tale"
It was wonderful to have this amazing book read by the author himself. He writes and reads with such sensitivity. He brings to life an era of Afghan history which is now gone. The changing perspectives of the narrator as a child and an adult provide a very human dimension. I became completely absorbed in the character. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
The Kite Runner is the first book I have read by Khaled Hosseini and it is without doubt one of the most moving I have ever experienced. At times it had me close to tears (not quite as I am a man...) and on a few occasions laughing out loud. I also downloaded, A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author which was also decent but not on the same level. Not too long in duration. Highly recommended by myself!
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