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The Kite Runner

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Written By:

Narrated By: Khaled Hosseini

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: June 2003

Duration: 6 hours 20 minutes


Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the 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: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows us for redemption.


  • Andy

    I lost myself completely in this story. It's beautiful, gut-wrenching, and wonderfully written. The author's narration is terrific, it was nice to hear it read by someone with the correct accent for the mind of the main character..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • james dawes

    As a father of three boys, reading this book impacted my thoughts and emotions like no other book has before. Amazingly heart wrenching and thought provoking. You must read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • amit arora

    This one is a real good read/listen. It keeps you engrossed in the story, and you don't know what's coming until you actually read/listen to it. It will definitely make you sad at points and you will get attached to the characters. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Although this book is one of my favorites thus far, at one point, I almost stopped listening to it- because it made me so mad. I think once I got past the most heartbreaking (and emotion provoking points in the story), it just made you love the story even more. I definitely recommend.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the book, I did not want it to end. It will tear your heart out and replace it with an unbelievable experience. After I read it, I wanted to look up more books like it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Artinique Blacksher

    The audio for this book was amazing ! I just wish there were more characterization while the author was reading, it was just monotone.

  • Terry Sandusky

    I\'ve read all the reviews by other readers and don\'t know what more that can be said,. This story is so compelling it\'s hard to stop reading. The author as the narrator was the perfect choice to bring the reader into the complex culture he writes about. I couldn\'t help feeling as though the story was actually his story. All of the details and nuances he describes takes you in as an observer. Excellent listen!!

  • Hanifa Barnes

    Redemption, forgiveness, fate... A beautiful tale capturing the essence and transient spirit of an embattled yet rich culture.

  • Christine Caridi

    A very worthwhile book! This book was heart wrenching yet tender. I was quite sick about the wickedness displayed by some of the characters yet a got through those parts of the story and ultimately learned a lot about Afghan culture and its history . Read it!!!

  • Saba Najeeb

    I have read the book and watched the movie - but listening to it was a whole new experience. Loved every part of it.