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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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    Jennifer 02-20-09
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    "Great story"

    Great story. Recommend to follow this book with "Thousand Splendid Suns". It was the first time Afghanistan and it's people came alive for me and got me interested in what is going on there.

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    Mirek Lodz, Poland 02-01-09
    Mirek Lodz, Poland 02-01-09 Member Since 2004
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    "For you, a thousand times over"

    The Kite Runner" is Khaled Hosseini first novel.

    Despite its enormous success it is decent and unassertive story of the simple, yet most fundamental human virtues of honour, friendship but also of shame, guilt and remorse.

    It is a novel that teaches those simple and basic things that all religions teach; in some sense, teaches also about the importance of G-d in human life - but it is doing so in unobtrusive, I would say, humble way...

    It is a story of two boys from Afghanistan. They lived in times of old, free Afghanistan, before Soviet invasion and Taliban regime. Amir, the narrator in the book experiences a kind of lesser acceptance from his father, until he becomes a local hero for his achievement in kite fighting. Hassan, his friend, and the son of Amir's father servant helped Amir in everything, including the kite ride, when Amir won. Hassan suffers the attack and abuse from local villain Assef - the attack witnessed by Amir, who, scared by the situation does not help Hassan.... This even leads to the break in their relation, with Amir, full of remorse, but unable to overcome his guilt. When, after many years, he becomes a successful US citizen, he realizes that his sin of his youth, the sin of not helping his best friend, puts a shadow on his life, so he returns to Afghanistan. Not able to receive forgiveness from Hassan, he finds his son Sohrab and saves him from oppression of Talibans, takes him to US and, in a single light smile after years of silence - gets some absolution the sin of his youth...

    The real plot is even more fascinating with many unexpected turns. At every moment of the novel plot, we find incredible human paradoxes intertwined with moments of life. The book is about simple things, simple sins that our life is full of.

    "I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night"

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    Grunt23 01-27-09
    Grunt23 01-27-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for Kids"

    I enjoyed this book. It is not a happy book but rather depressing. What really shocked me though was the mention of audible kids. I don't know who decides what is for children and what is not but my children will NOT listen to this type of book! Very inappropriate for children.

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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 01-07-09
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 01-07-09 Member Since 2017

    I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Hyperion, Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Born a crime

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    "Zindagi migzara"

    Great great book. Even though it's fictional, it gives you a non fictional side of this war ravaged country. Khalid Hosseini did a great job narrating his book and I guess no other narrator could have done it better. After finishing this book, I bought this audiobook for my best friend. I would recommend this to everyone & specially this audiobook.

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    Wendy COFFS HARBOURAustralia 12-21-08
    Wendy COFFS HARBOURAustralia 12-21-08
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    "wendygai"

    this listening experince needs 10 stars. such a moving story and very well written and beautifully narrated.

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    Gert Glenden, Australia 11-20-08
    Gert Glenden, Australia 11-20-08
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    "This worth the effort"

    Very good book the narrator is exellent and I had to remind myself that it is a story and not a real life account by him. Wonderfull and keeps you going

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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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