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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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