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4.00000114927866 out of 54.00000114927866 out of 54.00000114927866 out of 54.00000114927866 out of 54.00000114927866 out of 5 4.00 (870,111 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: June 2003 ISBN: 9780743567435
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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.”

    People

  • “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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dale | 3/29/2017

    " Too real at times, stirring my feelings so that I needed to turn off and come back later. Gained some knowledge and appreciation of the Afghanistan culture and country and the impacts of Taliban and Russian Dominance, Islamic faith, etc. by a swift and active story over many years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Koike Teppei | 2/1/2014

    " This book is devestating. It was not written for the weak of heart. This book is a historical fiction that brings light to something I never gave a second thought to, Afghanastan. Sure it doesn't sound like a great subject, but it really is. This book is very graphic with a lot of violence. It makes you appriciate all that you have. I would only reccommend this to people with strong stomaches that don't mind being disturbed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Rabb | 1/31/2014

    " Wonderful book. Well written. Very good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sami Priest | 1/27/2014

    " Easy read, but I don't recommend at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megha Goel | 1/21/2014

    " Truly worthy of all your nights. Classic piece it is! (y) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Hill | 1/19/2014

    " Great book but hard stories to take. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack C | 1/13/2014

    " Amazing book a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cchsu | 12/26/2013

    " If i tell you that i cried reading this book, it means something good, right ? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/20/2013

    " Very good, but I fell in love with A Thousand Splendid Suns more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Smith | 12/15/2013

    " This book was recommended to me by a friend of mine and Im glad i read it. I won't say I loved the book because I personally don't think you can "Love" to read a true story unless it has a happy ending, but It is a good book and quite emotional at times and one I would recommend people to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Drudge | 12/14/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Durney | 12/8/2013

    " Love it. I actually recommend it to some of my "mature" readers in eighth grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tea Jovanović | 12/1/2013

    " Ovo je knjiga koja mi je mozda i najdraza od svih koje sam "otkrila" i urednicki potpisala... A bilo ih je zaista mnogo... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L Celoni | 11/25/2013

    " Full Confession - I listened on tape. An excellant choice because I think the words would have been hard to do and the author's accent was authentic which added to the whole feel. A very special book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 9/1/2013

    " I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could. This is an amazing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Qasim Ahsan | 8/29/2013

    " Loved the first half, but I think the way it changed pace from the characters memoir to a full on action movie to a Daytime Emmy nominated movie wasn't all THAT amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nahid | 7/25/2013

    " Good for the most part but seemed a bit unrealistic for an Afghan to go back to find the little boy. Cultural aspects are spot on and Hosseini does a decent job providing description without overdoing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shruti | 8/26/2012

    " Sadly read the book after i saw the movie, yet the book offers a closure which the the movie doesn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carmen Fouchi | 7/23/2012

    " Did not finish book.. the rape of a little boy completely turned me off.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvie Parris | 7/15/2012

    " Oh what a beautiful, heart wrenching story this was. I don't regret following the recommendation I was given on this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/13/2012

    " Refreshingly different and very well-written. I highly recommend reading this book. The ending surprised me, which is rare lately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Powell | 1/25/2012

    " Such a sad tale, more so because it's probably not the last to be told and probably not isolated to a time or place. I enjoyed this book, not in a happy way, but it was one of the first I read which took me beyond my own cultural setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol W. | 1/4/2012

    " This book opened my eye to another culture which made it interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhoda | 11/21/2011

    " One of the best books Ive ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaylee | 8/8/2011

    " To keep this short sweet and simple, this book had me on an emotional rollercoaster, and was so hard to put down. I haven't been so pleased with a read in a long time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katja | 5/25/2011

    " It's set in Afghanistan and it's about Islam and war and love and friendship and all the other stuff that makes books good. Loved it, loved it, loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 5/24/2011

    " heartbreaking! a lot different that the movie, which i saw first; the final pages were hard to get through. i can totally understand why they chose to leave that part out. recomended for better understanding Afganistan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 5/24/2011

    " I love the way this author writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/24/2011

    " I loved this book! It was amazing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/24/2011

    " Loved it, even though I cried the whole way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/23/2011

    " Fantastic narrative of a life uprooted by war in Afghanistan. I highly recommend this book to anyone - it is rich in detail, the descriptions flow off the page, and triumph cohabits nervously with constant heartbreak.

    Easy 5 stars for readability - I finished this in 2 sessions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 5/22/2011

    " This is my favorite book. Read it. Don't watch the movie first (although the movie is good it's missing a major plot element). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 5/22/2011

    " I loved this book! Can't say much about it as don't want to spoil it for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry | 5/22/2011

    " I had no desire to read this book, but felt that it was a book I needed to read. A supremely well crafted story, it is heart breaking and uplifting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 5/22/2011

    " I felt every emotion known to man reading this book. It also made me want to do save the world while inflicting pain on some people. Don't think the writer would want readers to feel the latter but I was fairly enraged whilst reading the said above!
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbie | 5/21/2011

    " Interesting and sometimes disturbing (although, given the topic, that's not too surprising). Kept me engaged for the whole book - but not something I would read more than once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vineet | 5/21/2011

    " Just amazing! can read it 10 times more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/20/2011

    " I wasn't sure when I began this book what a adventure it would take me on. I have to say I found a new respect for the Culture and a better understanding of how others are effected in this war. I finished this book and immediately began a thousand splendid suns "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadeige | 5/20/2011

    " Just like it sequel a page turner like no other!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 5/20/2011

    " I recommend the movie as well "

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About the Author
Author Khaled Hosseini Khaled Hosseini is one of most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with more than ten million copies sold in the United States of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and more than thirty-eight million copies sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan .