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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (586 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geraldine McCaughrean Narrator: Cynthia Bishop and the Full Cast Family Publisher: Full Cast Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN:
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A soaring story that will sweep listeners from the docks of China to the court of Kublai Khan as young Haoyou learns to ride the winds strapped to a great scarlet kite in the traveling circus of the Great Miao.

But other winds swirl about Haoyou, winds of revenge and deceit and greed. And no matter how high he flies, there is always greedy Uncle Bo, holding him like an anchor, waiting to drag him down.

A breathtaking historical novel from two time Whitbread Prize winner Geraldine McCaughrean.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larissa | 2/15/2014

    " The Kite Rider goes beyond conflicts and breaking promises. The reader will soar into the sky and be blown away by the intensity of what a boy has to do to support his family. And live up to their expectations. He must fly beyond the clouds and seek messages from the spirits above. This story will leave you rooting for the kite rider! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/10/2014

    " I listened to this book and thought it was a great story done well. It is a great way to hear the Chinese names and words correctly pronounced. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shilpa | 2/6/2014

    " It was okay though the plot line began to make me bored after a while... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/31/2014

    " I enjoyed it. Not the most life changing book, but it was a quick read, memorable characters, and a bit of Chinese history thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/30/2014

    " I listened to this on CD as I drove around. I enjoyed it a lot. It is about a little chinese boy who learns he can ride a kite--economic circumstances and his callous uncle force him to join the circus where he makes new friends, while leaving his mother and sister behind at the mercy of his uncle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vonnie | 1/24/2014

    " This was a very good read. I enjoyed how each complications was handled with creativity. Each chapter lead to the next keeping me wondering what would happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/17/2014

    " This was a great book. I loved to get a glimpse of the Chinese culture. It was a fascinating. You really wanted this boy to win in the end. So many twists and turns. It was fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 10/31/2013

    " Interesting--haven't you ever wanted to ride a kite?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eilish | 9/25/2013

    " Had to read this for school so it was not my pick. It was ok, but kind of hard to follow, especially if you don't really like it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hailey | 9/19/2013

    " I spent 10 minutes trying to find out how to rate this thing.... 3 words: DONT READ THIS!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 9/9/2013

    " A spell-binding adventure about courage and honor with plenty of villains and danger at every corner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 8/28/2013

    " Maybe I would rate this 3.5 stars instead of 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 8/21/2013

    " Thirteenth century China under the rule of Kublai Khan comes alive in this amazingly crafted story by McCaughrean where a twelve year old boy becomes a kite rider after his father's death in order to save his mother from having to marry the man he hates. I loved everything about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sella Thorne | 8/10/2013

    " This is an amazing historical-fiction book. Usually some historical fiction books can be boring, but this one is really exciting. I also learned a lot from it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fanta | 7/18/2013

    " This book was good at the beginning but it got worse when the boy's mom was forced to marry this guy like forty years older than her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 4/16/2013

    " I accidentally listened to this when I didn't really remember the name a a current best seller, but knew "kite" was part of the name - a very good Audible Book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 2/28/2013

    " A listen-read and very, very good. I haven't read many books about Korea, and knew nothing about kite riders, so this was very interesting--and not predictable at all, either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snufkin | 2/14/2013

    " A fantastic concept told in a not-so-great way but still very lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 1/1/2013

    " I listened to a full-cast audio production of this book, which was excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/13/2012

    " Loved it loved it! A delightful book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katarina | 11/6/2012

    " I am reading this in school and its really frusterating because Haoyou is so STUPID! I mean come on! The book itself is the best book we have read this year in school so far, but it still sucks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/15/2011

    " An interesting peek into the 13th century way of life and a compelling story of a boy learning how to grow into adulthood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 11/9/2010

    " I thought it was powerful, touching, and very cultural. It was long, but not boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vonnie | 6/12/2010

    " This was a very good read. I enjoyed how each complications was handled with creativity. Each chapter lead to the next keeping me wondering what would happen next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 5/27/2010

    " I accidentally listened to this when I didn't really remember the name a a current best seller, but knew "kite" was part of the name - a very good Audible Book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/23/2010

    " a book about doing what you love, and needing to do the right thing for your family. great book for anyone who loves books about circuses, or talented children. "

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About the Author
Author Geraldine McCaughreanGeraldine McCaughrean is the Printz Award-winning author of The White Darkness. She has been honored with England's most prestigious children's book award, the Carnegie Medal, and is the only three-time winner ever of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. She also wrote Peter Pan in Scarlet, the first official sequel to the treasured masterpiece Peter Pan, and the critically acclaimed The Death-Defying Pepper Roux. Geraldine lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband and actress daughter.