The Kite Runner

Written by:
Khaled Hosseini
Narrated by:
Khaled Hosseini

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2003
12 hours 0 minutes
A Stunning Novel of Hope and Redemption

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.
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This novel met my high expectations! The view into an unknown culture was detailed and fascinating.

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David T.

This narration by the author Khaled Hosseini is so authentic and is read with such clarity. This is a great novel and it is enhanced by this narration. The pronunciation of the names in Farsi leads the listener in and brings the story to life.

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Christine C.

Hosseini is a great writer. His literary descriptions captivate you. I felt that the book got a little long toward the end but would recommend.

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Thandekile M.

Khaled is a literary genius. This novel had me gripped from beginning to end. I cannot put to words just how relatable it was - at a human level… Also, Khaled has humanised Afghanistan for me. Because of his work, I feel educated about Afghanis and Afghanis . May God bless that Country.

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I loved the book. The story was easy to follow. Beautiful and heatbreaking at the same time. Recommended!

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Karen M.

Although the narrator wasn't the most accomplished, he was the most authentic choice to tell this harrowing story of guilt, regret and, finally, a form of redemption. We become so saturated with news about wars throughout the world that it starts to wash over us. We don't envisage the actual people it affects, the lives it destroys, the everyday habits and traditions that it sweeps away. The author beautifully describes his city in time of peace and how his people live - warts and all - there are divisions in Afghan society like every other. So the destruction and brutal violence that follows is all the more gut-wrenching. The reader/listener has been enticed into this fascinating community only to witness its devastation and gruelling aftermath. Of the details that brought the author's account to life, I particularly liked his references to food and how it was prepared, served and eaten.

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This book is so real. Throughout the book, you’ll find yourself so mad at the main character for his selfishness, but you’ll be reminded time and time again of how hard life is for immigrants and the struggles people face every day with things they don't talk about.

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Colin Whitworth

Great book. Very bleak and sad at times which always gets me interested. Appreciated the author reading it for the sake of pronunciations I know I would have completely missed reading in text.

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Sharon T.

Amazing story and narration!! Khaled has a captive voice and made it a much more sincere experience - I couldn’t stop listening!!

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Francois S.

Great book. Makes you very emotional listening to it but well worth the listen. Amazing how life’s can differ and develop depending on where you are and how you live. Also very interesting insight on how different countries have different stories, activities and food or snacks that make a memorable childhood.

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Rugile M.

Narrator is great since he is the writer himself. I just don't know if I like the book that much that I could recommend to others. the story is interesting, however I would prefer more story of what happened in Afghanistan

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Fran O.

Still my favorite book ever.

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Susan L

This was one of my all time favorite books. It is very well written and heartbreaking.

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Laurie K.

I will never forget this story my whole life. I was entangled, in love, in awe. Amir and Hassan and Sohrab will be forever in my dreams.

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Loralee V.

An amazing book, heartfelt themes common to all humanity. A great read/listen

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Marissa S.

This book was very well written! I had read all of his books and I didn’t think any of them could be topped! I’d recommend this a thousand times over! The author is incredible! He did an excellent job of narrating! A bit slow to start but give it a few. A must listen!!

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I have taught this text a number of times at Year 11 and have always been impacted by the powerful and important story it tells of the plight of people in Afghanistan. This audio version is a new discovery for me and the it has moved me greatly. The author as the narrator gives the story such powerful authenticity - his accent and correct pronunciations have enriched my experience of this moving story tremendously. In many ways this is a brutal story, but it is also compassionate and extremely important in its teachings.

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Patricia M.

I did not like the book at first. The book starts out slowly but once you become engrossed in the story it is difficult to put the book down. It opened my eyes to the problems some people face daily just to survive. It made me appreciate the freedoms I enjoy daily and take for granted. I feel this is a must-read for everybody. Knowing there are children living in this fear will haunt me for a long time.

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David H.

Excellent books and happy the author narrated it with accurate local pronunciations of names and places.

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Rashid Y.

the story is captivating, the accent and persian word used by the author and narrator Khaled Hosseini give this audiobook a very personal touch. an insight into Afghanistan, the social and ethnic mosaic and the history.

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Mitra B.

One of the greatest and most heart touching books I have ever read. I enjoyed every second of it. I am about to read more of this author.

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kim m

I loved this booK!!

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Marisa M

Fascinating book that gripped my attention and wouldn't let go. The author really makes you feel like you are getting to know the characters on a deep level, and you end up really caring about them. The book was read by the author, which made it even more powerful. A few other reviewers are mentioning that his accent was difficult to understand, but I have no idea where that remark came from, because it was perfectly clear to me, and the pronunciation of a few non-English words scattered throughout the tale sounded beautiful. Overall this was a profound, thought-provoking book that was sometimes painful but always worthwhile. Highly recommended!

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Rachel O

Confronting, gut wrenching, horrific, graphic but a wonderful read. An amazing book and I would highly recommend this to anyone but be warned it is all of the above.

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parvin dashti

Just finished this book ,I didnt want it to end , The Kite Runner really got to me, made me cry, and pops into my mind frequently.

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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.

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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!!

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Hanifa Barnes

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

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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!!!

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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.

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Gloria Vazquez

I loved this book. The narration by the author was a plus.

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