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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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    Suzanne 11-11-10
    Suzanne 11-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Peace and freedom is priceless"

    I never heard of this book or author before. Although hesitant, I decided to listen to it after I read the book summary. Once I started listening, I could not stop. I loved everything about the book. The story, the characters, the author's voice, his writing style, ect... Definitely, a book to listen to before anything else.....

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    Anna Ilari 11-05-10
    Anna Ilari 11-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Must Read!!"

    Very touching story!! Couldn't put in down...Started a little slow but a couple chapters in I was hooked. Highly recommend!!

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    Krzysztof Wroclaw, Poland 10-09-10
    Krzysztof Wroclaw, Poland 10-09-10
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    "Pure Hollywood"

    The story is moving and reveals Khaled Hosseini to be a deft writer. And you get to learn a lot about Afghanistan, its society, customs etc. which is good. During the first hour or two one may be under impression that this is autobiographical to a point. As the story progresses however it gets less and less probable.


    The writing tends to be overcreative in this novel at times. There's a place in California where they would love this story (so I kept thinking throughout the listen, and googling the title afterwards showed my hunch was correct). Having this in mind "The Kite Runner" is still worth a listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet David City, NE, United States 10-01-10
    Harriet David City, NE, United States 10-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good"

    I liked this book because it awakened me to the terrible struggles these people face.

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    Akida Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-25-10
    Akida Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful"

    This powerful autobiography is extremely well-written, compelling and very easy to listen to. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 09-22-10
    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 09-22-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling and enlightening"

    I found myself sitting in my car at work or at an appointment unable to turn this story off. It is riveting if less than uplifting fare. The complex familial relations interwoven with class and cultural issues make it a compelling narrative. If this is a true story, it's the most amazing true story I've ever read.

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    Loveleena union city, CA, USA 07-23-10
    Loveleena union city, CA, USA 07-23-10 Member Since 2017
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    "The Kite Runner"

    Very Well narrated and awesome book

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    Jacinta Sydney, NSW, Australia 04-25-10
    Jacinta Sydney, NSW, Australia 04-25-10
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    "Ok"

    I found this book irritating, the author presents a wingeing demeanor which I found annoying. Definitely gives a great look into the lives of Afganistanie people and the history of the country. But I can't quite understand why others rave about this book.

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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 04-21-10
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 04-21-10 Member Since 2007

    You can learn as much from a terrible book as a brilliantly written one.

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    "Kite Runner"

    Kite Runner is about a man's quest to redeem himself from his past. It's a sad, yet at the same time, the dominant theme of hope was alway just under the many events in the novel. It's a wonderful novel and I think anyone would enjoy reading it.

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    Mark Point Clare, Australia 02-21-10
    Mark Point Clare, Australia 02-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A great listen"

    An engaging tale that took me deep into a culture I knew little of. The book is very well written, even if the amount of detail can slow it down a little at times. Great listen and well read by the author.

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