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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.

Ce que les critiques en disent

  • 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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Ce que les auditeurs disent de The Kite Runner

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  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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Engaging, though at times Confusing and Expository

An interesting and engaging story, of a man slowly unravelling the relationships in his life and truth, and lies, and half-truths told with good intentions. The author does a fair job of reading his book, but falls a bit short on characterization compared to actors reading books. This is compounded by the fact that a lot of the characters have names unfamiliar to Westerners, and I sometimes found it hard to keep track of the significance of who-said-what (and both male and female names are sometimes appended with the suffix -jon). Events are repeated as their significance becomes clear, and I found this a bit expository. On the other hand, I remember hearing news of the war in Afghanistan as I was growing up, and found it interesting to hear a story told by someone who lived through those events. Another strong theme is his having lived his whole life among men, up until he got married, and this is the case in many societies. But different from what I experienced in the West, so it opened my eyes to another facet of the human experience. Worthwhile listening to, and it kept me company while working on a project that took several hours.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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Amazing and emotional

As an Afghan myself this was the first time listening to this book. It was nice hearing about the Afghanistan that my parents grew up in and the similarities overlapping their stories. Overall great book.

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Heartbreaking and hopeful

The Kite Runner is both heartbreaking and hopeful. The plot complex enough to keep you reading eagerly until twists and turns guide you to the end. The book also gives relevance to world history and gives you as the reader intense compassion and understanding for the Afghan people. Rich in detail, interest and emotion remain high as one reads this moving and rich novel.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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good book

it was a good book however it wasn't my cup of tea. it was well written and the performance was perfect. I just didn't enjoy the book.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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ADDICTING!!

Beautifully written, satisfying story. Loved all of the characters and all of their complexities. it started off a little slow, but instantly picked back up. Characters are well thought out, and the events that take place in the plot are so saddening but necessary to read.

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My first fiction book in a while

I love this book. I would recommend it to everyone who don’t know anything about Afghanistan. I choose this rating because as I learned about Afshanistan for the first time. It wasn’t a history book but its was gentle strokes of culture and understanding with in a story. I am so so glad I heard this one. It was hard to put down while it swang me through strong and gentle emotions.

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Couldn’t be more relevant for today

Such a well-crafted story narrated so well by the author.
Insights into Afghanistan as it once was, as well as what it has become today. The characters are complex yet very real and believable. Highly recommend.

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a heartbreaking must-read

definitely one of the most affecting books I have ever read. it's incredibly heartbreaking but so beautiful. I won't easily forget this one.

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A page turner

this story is so well written and narrated. the author has a gift for connecting the reader to the characters in the book. it brought awareness to the emotional struggle people face while trying to rebuild their lives as refugees

  • Au global
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Incredible

Make sure you have time when you start this book, you won’t turn it off until it’s over! All consuming! Amazing! Educational, eye opening, sad and uplifting.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • VR
  • 2020-10-25

The kite runner

Afghanistan evokes images of war, social inequality, veiled women and religious intolerance. Hosseini's writing is not particularly evocative and there are parts of the narrative that are somewhat forced and uninspired in their predictability, with very stereotyped characters.

This book fell short of expectations. Its strength lies in its themes and in making us aware of various episodes of Afghan history and customs (everyday life during the Soviet and Taliban occupations, the abominable custom of bacha bazi (still practiced, despite the penal framework!), folklore, etc.) .

"A thousand splendid suns" remains my favorite of the author's body of work.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-07-10

Impressive

This is the second book of Khaled Hosseini that I read. The second time he impresses me with his writing, his story telling, his way of making us feel the emotions of the characters... his stories really leave a mark.

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  • Ghina
  • 2014-10-12

I now feel like running kites

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A magical blend of history, kites, betrayl and redemption... The Kite runner is a book like no other. Definitely one of my all time favorites.The author's voice only renders it even more touching and real. Get ready to drift away!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew Covington
  • 2007-11-02

My Goodness, What a Audiobook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are audiobooks and there are GREAT audiobooks. This is a GREAT audiobook!!! After hundereds of audiobooks, only Nelson Demille's "The Gold Coast" is in the same class. I resisted listening to The Kite Runner for a long time due to the fact I thought a setting based in Afganastan just wasn't my cup of tea. I could not have been more wrong. The plight of Amir and Hassan is a story I'll not soon forget. The book is very well written and the pronuciation by the author made the book feel even more alive. It was an emotional rollacoaster I loved and as the book ended I cried. All I can keep saying is "For You a Thousand Times Over".

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joseph
  • 2004-10-02

A storyteller's story

I never thought, from the descrption of this book, that I would fall in love with it! The characters are so real and every page of the story is captivating! Written like a memoir, but definitely a novel ending in present day. The descriptions of the "old" Afghanistan made it come alive with the smells, sounds, tone, formality of life, family and what it means, and hierarchy of society. I really "rooted for" some of the characters yet there are moments you can hate them, with all their flaws. These, too, are easy to relate to. Now I feel like I understand a little bit more about Isalm and the people who worship this religion. I also have a deeper understanding of the Middle Eastern customs. The story, though.....The Story is what I would recommend this book for.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bocaboy
  • 2005-04-10

A compelling story

This was one of the top ten audio books I've listened to. A compelling story, read by the author, that is not predictable and will have you listening to every word. It gave me an extraordinary sense of what Kabul was like before the Soviet invasion and after the Taliban took over. An absolute must-hear recording.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • P. C..S.
  • 2003-08-17

A Worhty Read

It might seem a difficult task to stay with a book whose protagonist is so weak, bullying and completely self-absorbed while at the same time thoroughly understandable. Yet, I could not stop; I could not turn it off. Set in the context of recent Afghan history, it describes a relationship of two children contorted by social limitations and a frustrated father-son relationship thwarted in part by the same factors. It is however, beyond all else, a tale of wounds and scars, both self-inflicted and not. Very disturbing and thoght-provoking on many levels. Though authors often do not make the best readers of their work, this author's presence adds to the texture of the prose.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 2005-09-30

Unbelievably touching

I've listened to over 60 books in the past year and this is my favorite so far, by far!

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Bellevue, WA
  • 2003-09-16

worth staying with

The first half of this story could have been about any whiny, privileged child trying to gain our empathy for having grown up in the shadow (you say "shadow", I say "great example") of a father of great character. Not new, not insightful.

BUT the second half takes off, as the narrator is thrust into a chance to redeem himself as a man, an Afghan, a muslim. The characters become much more intriguingly drawn and the world they traverse becomes palpable.

The skill of a reader is essential to my enjoyment of an audio book - a bad reader will make me abandon a good story. The author of the Kite Runner is an excellent reader of this tale. He speaks in an English that is clear even to my very provincial northern US ear, but with Afghan pronunciations that add musicality to the story and draw the listener fully into the author's world.

Well worth the reading.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew
  • 2005-02-21

Dramatic window into another life.

This book is worth a listen for the window it opens upon a life not lived by the majority of Americans going about our lives with our ipods and books-on-tape: a hard life, a basic one, yet filled with humanity and wisdom. The writing is good, and having the author read the tape-version helps keep the pronunciations accurate and the sentiment honest. The plotting has both predictable turns, and surprising ones where the author refuses to take the easy way out. This, more than anything, kept me reading because I was always certain there would be an element of the story I could not foresee. The last two hours of the book feel a little like a denoument that takes too long to resolve itself but upon further reflection I don't think there is any other way to tell the tale while being true to the characters. Amir's relationship with Hassan is heartbreaking and satisfying, alternately confusing and then brought into crystal clear focus by a plot turn. The brutality of the situation is Afghanistan is painted bluntly but not without artistry. Listen to this book if you like stories about foreign places and customs and tales of sons and their fathers. Overall, after listening to this book you will feel as if you have a friend from that part of the world. The author succeeds in putting the listener into the shoes of his characters. Finally, don't be surprised if you find yourself practicing the language of the characters while you're listening. There is something inherently fascinating about listening to the words spoken again and again.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa
  • 2005-10-06

The author is the reader, but it turns out great!

Normally when my book club buddy and I see, read my the author we shy away. This was very well done. The author has very good diction and it's great to hear the proper pronunciation of the Afgan words. I felt that he was speaking from the heart. The book has justifiably gotten some outstanding press. I highly recommend this book, especially in the audible version.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Diana - Audible
  • 2012-04-16

Standout Author Narration

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.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Julie A. Krasne
  • 2005-08-12

Beautifully written and told

The Kite Runner is a compelling and moving story. An amazing debut novel that explores the depths of human loyalty and betrayal, sin and redemption. The audio book adds yet another dimension, as the author delivers his story with a strikingly beautiful reading, interspersed with names and phrases in his native Afghan tongue. Perhaps the best novel I've read!

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