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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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    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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    Beth 05-11-08
    Beth 05-11-08
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    "Totally Engaging"

    This story about growing up in war torn Afghanistan is absolutely beautiful and totally compelling. I found myself looking for excuses to be alone so I could continue to listen to the book. It gave me a much better understanding of the complexities and differences in culture of Afghanistan, while at the same time delivering a great story. I recommend it to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amber vancouver, WA, USA 04-25-08
    Amber vancouver, WA, USA 04-25-08
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    "Fantastic!"

    I really enjoyed this book. I felt alot of emotion and couldn't stop listening. I was sad when I finished....I wanted more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Ann Arbor, MI, USA 04-13-08
    Susan Ann Arbor, MI, USA 04-13-08
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    "Fabulous"

    I can hardly wait until his next book. I learn so much about the personal conflict in a war zone and in particular about Afganistan and Muslins. And the author as the reader with the accenting of the read was great - it really put me in the moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vueng90 04-02-08
    vueng90 04-02-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Among the best"

    I bought a printed copy for my wife. This is an outstanding book. Excellent writing. A masterfully crafted story. Only toward the end could you convince me that it wasn't an autobiography. Well done! Very sorry to reach the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George belchertown, MA, USA 03-13-08
    George belchertown, MA, USA 03-13-08 Member Since 2008
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    "very good"

    captivating.

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    Jode Bode Foster, OR, US 03-02-08
    Jode Bode Foster, OR, US 03-02-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "WOW - What a Book!!"

    A must read for those with an interest in adventure, love, misfortune, cultures, survival and real life situations described at it's best and worst. I not only heard each word of this book, it left a heart felt connection with the characters in this book. I laughed, I cried, and could stop listening to the book. I became an instant fan of this Khaled Hosseini. Outstanding, incredibly wonderful book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Fort Wayne, IN, USA 02-23-08
    Janet Fort Wayne, IN, USA 02-23-08
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    "Excellent Book"

    Enjoyable

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    fred greensboro nc 02-22-08
    fred greensboro nc 02-22-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Better Than The Movie"

    My wife always reminds me that the movie is never as good the book. If you found the movie at all enjoyable then you'll love this book. In even the darkest times the characters come to life.

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    Ruth BLACKBURN, Australia 02-20-08
    Ruth BLACKBURN, Australia 02-20-08
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    "The Kite Runner"

    Wonderful, harrowing, absorbing, terrifying. This book is a rollercoaster ride all the way. I'm glad that I am blessed by living in Australia.

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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.

    10 of 11 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 9 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
  • 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.

    5 of 6 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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