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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (871,837 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Khaled Hosseini Narrator: Khaled Hosseini Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9780743564496
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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

  • “An astonishing, powerful book.”

    Diane Sawyer

  • “In The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini gives us a vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence—forces that continue to threaten them even today.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A powerful book…No frills, no nonsense, just hard, spare prose…An intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation that requires no atlas or translation to engage and enlighten us. Parts of The Kite Runner are raw and excruciating to read, yet the book in its entirety is lovingly written.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Hosseini offers an honest, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always heartfelt view of a fascinating land. Perhaps the only true flaw in this extraordinary novel is that it ends all too soon.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Words Alive | 2/19/2014

    " Powerful book. We split amongst two months because of the content and length. Provides a great discussion! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 2/11/2014

    " I really loved this book, the images stayed with me long after I had finished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mia | 1/30/2014

    " This book was a good read, but I am not sure I would read it again because its so sad. Also in some ways i don't really like Amir, but its realistic so i respect that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Kiel | 1/9/2014

    " I loved this book! The first 100 pages were a bit slow but still enjoyable. After that I could hardly put it down. I loved the characters & found it to be very believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/1/2014

    " Heartbreaking and hopeful, this book is the epitome of love, friendship, and redemption. Did I mention it was heartbreaking? :'( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Fales | 12/27/2013

    " It was a very sad book, but I loved Hosseini's style of storytelling. He has excellent imagery and use of figurative language to depict how Afghanistan changed over time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louanne | 12/25/2013

    " Can't believe it has taken me this long to read, actually listen to this book. The hours flew by as I listened to the author read aloud his story creating images and feelings that I am so glad I finally experienced! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 12/6/2013

    " The book was slow to begin with, but picked up in parts. I liked how the plot took the reader on a journey through the two boys life, i found it interesting however it was not a 'I cant put you down' kind of story. I'm a sucker for a happy ending and this book left me to wonder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soroush Dehqan | 11/18/2013

    " i finished this novel 5 minutes ago,i feel both happy and sad,during i was reading this book,a few time i felt shocked and cofuse about my feeling about the character of amir,and how he could did that with hassan, i think i learned many thing on this novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 11/17/2013

    " Compelling story. The characters are well defined. The story kept me very interested from beginning to end. This is a book I will read again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 EAB | 11/7/2013

    " A must read, totally absorbing and beautiful and sad. one of the best books I have ever read. It is perfection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonie | 8/12/2013

    " A wonderful read. I watched the movie a few years ago, but had forgotten most of the plot so the surprises were still surprising. Lovely, authentic characters and a well-drawn picture of a country in turmoil. Highly recommend this to all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amira Ali | 2/6/2013

    " :( THE FEELSSSS, I love Hassan .... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger Serra | 1/24/2013

    " Will not pass the test of time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Witheringaway | 1/8/2013

    " This book is truly amazing. Broke my heart, but a good book does that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 12/22/2012

    " lovely story and great characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lezlee Brown | 12/19/2012

    " I loved this book!! Even though it is fiction, you feel like it could be anyone's life in the Middle East. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 9/1/2012

    " This book was extremely enjoyable, albeit quite a sad story. I enjoyed that the story came full circle and was bookended nicely. He provided endings for all the characters that were dealt with along the way. Looking forward to reading more of Hosseini!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farah | 8/23/2012

    " Almost flawless and kept me hooked till the very last page. :') "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 5/25/2012

    " This book is an important piece of literature. I think it belongs in any high school literature course. That's it. Amen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anaomi | 3/23/2012

    " Really sad book, i loved it though. The way the boy sacrifices himself because of his friend is amazing, it really shows the importance of friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahmed Ali | 3/10/2012

    " Not a bad read, but very similar to many other Asian writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn Gregory | 10/13/2011

    " This was a difficult but wonderfully written book. "

  • 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 .