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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (870,110 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Khaled Hosseini Narrator: Khaled Hosseini Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, the #1 national bestseller 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is so powerful that for a long time everything I read seemed bland.” 

    Isabel Allende, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This extraordinary novel locates the personal struggles of everyday people in the terrible sweep of history.”


  • “Hosseini clearly loves his country as much as he hates what has become of it…A tale told in simple brush strokes…Hosseini is at his best describing moments of slow, silent agony.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Hosseini does tenderness and terror, California dream, and Kadul nightmare with equal aplomb…A ripping yarn and ethical parable.” 

    Globe and Mail

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of a 2004 YALSA Alex Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2006 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pegi Hover | 2/14/2014

    " I read reviews of this book that panned it as pandering political propaganda. I didn't feel this way. I jumped in with both feet and lived the sad saga of Amir and bled a little each time someone or something let him down. It mad me completely appreciate my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/12/2014

    " I find this book depressing and was not a fan of the ending. I preferred A Thousand Splendid Suns to this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Manish | 2/11/2014

    " Great book...! Must read. So much an emotional journey reading it...!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/6/2014

    " how has it taken me so long to read this book?! just amazing. so well written, such a beautifully woven plot and lovely character development. plus it forced me to do some internet research on the historical backdrop, which I always love. "

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