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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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    A Lemley Thomson, GA USA 11-04-08
    A Lemley Thomson, GA USA 11-04-08
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    "Loved the story"

    I am a big fan Khaled Hosseini

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    polonerw 10-17-08
    polonerw 10-17-08 Member Since 2012

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    "emotionally gripping book"

    Very well written. The author as the narrator is tolerable but probably not ideal. In all I think he does a good job. My wife and I really enjoyed the book. There are a few areas I don't feel are appropriate for under teenage children. Don't know why considered "audible kids" production. It does show mans inhumanity to man, and the maturing of an individual to regret his past treatment of his "best friend" and his attempt to correct his wrongs which regrettably is too late. I wanted to listen to this before seeing the movie and plan on renting the movie in the near future. It was well worth our time and feel it was entertaining as well as somewhat insightful.

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    Lois Bloomfield, NY, USA 10-05-08
    Lois Bloomfield, NY, USA 10-05-08 Member Since 2016
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    "heartwrenching"

    The Kite Runner was the first Audio Book I bought and listened to. I loved it. The author's pronunciation was a big factor in my enjoyment. The story reached into my chest and grabbed my heart and squeezed. I have recommended it to several friends and will listen to it at least once a year. It is a beautiful sad evocative tale that should touch you to your core. Ten stars.

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    Fred veenendaalNetherlands 10-05-08
    Fred veenendaalNetherlands 10-05-08
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    "great book!"

    This book is incredible fast. Perhaps too fast, because it give you no time to recover. You must prepere yourself for a lot of coincidences but still the story remains strong.
    i must have.

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    Nancy Brigantine, NJ, United States 09-28-08
    Nancy Brigantine, NJ, United States 09-28-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Heartbreaking struggle for survival&redemption"

    Written from the perspective of a native Afghan, this book permits a revealing look into a culture that I personally never stopped to consider. Spanning several decades, it follows the paths of a family from Afghanistan to the USA as they're pushed along within the currents of politics and war.

    A well written, although sad, and at times rather brutal story of a family's struggle for survival, and ultimately redemption.

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    Sarah austin, TX, United States 09-23-08
    Sarah austin, TX, United States 09-23-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Kite Runner's a Great Listen"

    I'm so glad that I listened to this book. The author's voice and his ability to pronounce the names and words that I would have simply jumbled, was wonderful. The story is at times raw and harsh, but is a beautiful lesson about all of us.

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    Amber Porterville, CA, USA 07-16-08
    Amber Porterville, CA, USA 07-16-08
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    "Addicting!"

    I usually frown upon authors who choose to read their own work, however in this case I could not imagine anyone else reading this. Have you ever read through a bunch of books, just trying to find that perfect novel? The one with a great story, and charectars you miss after its over? This is that book

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    Robert Provencal 06-09-08 Member Since 2013
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    "An excellent audiobook!"

    I've just started listening to audiobooks because of our ever fast lives with little time to read. I liked this book a lot because the author, who is Afghan, read the book with all the pronounciations you wouldn't get by reading the book. Very moving and engaging story which kept me captivated for my 15 hour flight from Boston to Mumbai.

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    Laura san clemente, CA, USA 06-06-08
    Laura san clemente, CA, USA 06-06-08
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    "Wonderful"

    Kite Runner is a wonderful story of tragedy, redemption and hope. It locates the listener amid the sights, scents and sounds of a changing, and for this listener unfamiliar, country. Furthermore, because the author narrates his own story, a sense of authenticity comes through. The occasional Farsi word is not left to the butchering my English-speaking mind would certainly give to it, but words and emphases are given the author's cant.
    At the same time, however, the author occasionally gives away events with telling descriptions that come shortly before. A savvy listener may find this somewhat heavy-handed in that we prefer fewer breadcrumbs leading us along. However, they are minor distractions in what is, overall, a beautiful story that reveals both humanity and its absence irrespective of culture or geography.

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    Amy Beth Ann Arbor, MI, USA 05-22-08
    Amy Beth Ann Arbor, MI, USA 05-22-08
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    "Author reads Phenominally"

    I loved listening to the author read this interesting historical fiction. Gripping and sad and exciting by turns, he makes the story come alive, sounding just like the main character he seems to be.

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