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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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    N. Royer 11-21-07
    N. Royer 11-21-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Engrossing"

    What a great story teller! I found it informative, entertaining, emotional, heartbreaking, and thought provoking. I cannot say which I preferred--The Kite Runner or A Thousand Spendid Suns--both engrossing tales.

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    Roadrunner At Large 11-21-07 Listener Since 2004
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    "Wow"

    Initialy, I didn't want this book but it was highly rated and I figured I'd give it a try. WOW.

    It's now one of my top 5 favorite books. BEAUTIFULLY written.

    Please, read this book.

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    Jennie North Syracuse, NY, USA 11-19-07
    Jennie North Syracuse, NY, USA 11-19-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Afghanistan up close and personal"

    Broad historical strokes and modern conflict give this compelling story both depth and breadth. The Afghan culture is given to us through the experience of boys and their fathers, and in the context of conquest, strife, and human weakness. There is tenderness and frailty here as well as undeserved loyalty and grace. As the author says, there's no happy ending here, but perhaps a hope. Something that seems more and more rare in this starkly beautiful and fiercely proud country.

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    Jennifer Woods 11-17-07 Member Since 2013
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    "A wonderful story"

    So beautifully written and so beautifully read. An excellent story.

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    Kimberly Waynesville, GA, United States 11-12-07
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    "Suspenseful"

    I loved this book because it exposed me to another world. Cultural information was woven into a wonderful story of two boys growing up together in Afghanistan. That is how the story started. Then, the author took me on a wonderful journey of life, full of emotion and suspense. I was drawn into novel because Hosseini is a wonderful author. I cannot wait to read more of his works.

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    Lech WarszawaPoland 10-23-07
    Lech WarszawaPoland 10-23-07
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    "Brilliant book"

    Absolutely breathtaking. It's a great thing Mr. Hosseini is doing for Afghanistan. The book brings the country to the world.

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    Marie Venice, FL, United States 10-21-07
    Marie Venice, FL, United States 10-21-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Kite Runner"

    I loved this book. The author did such a great job reading it. It was a beautiful story.

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    Laurie 09-21-07
    Laurie 09-21-07
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    "Best book I've listened to in years"

    I've listen to a book a week for the past six years. Mostly medical and crime thrillers. Jeffrey Deaver, Patricia Cornwell, etc. I decided to take a break and read something completely different. I wasn't dissapointed. This book is rich in its characters and history.

    The author does a superb job in reading this book.

    It's a must read.




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    Robert 09-21-07
    Robert 09-21-07
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    "very good, read well"

    The author is the perfect person to read this book. It has a since of honesty about it that seems to translate a small part of the Afgan plight for the very western mind through a well written story. And again, I really appreciated this author's naration.

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    Kristi Petaluma, CA, USA 09-12-07
    Kristi Petaluma, CA, USA 09-12-07
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    "Truly incredible story"

    I absolutely loved this book. It took me a while to finally get to listening to it but when I started I honestly could not turn it off. In the first part it was a bit hard for me to relate or get behind the main character but once you are hooked there’s no return. This is such a great story and to have the author read the book really makes it special.

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