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The Kite Runner

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Khaled Hosseini

12 Hours 0 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

June 2003

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A Stunning Novel of Hope and Redemption

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, 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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  • james dawes

    As a father of three boys, reading this book impacted my thoughts and emotions like no other book has before. Amazingly heart wrenching and thought provoking. You must read this book.

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  • amit arora

    This one is a real good read/listen. It keeps you engrossed in the story, and you don't know what's coming until you actually read/listen to it. It will definitely make you sad at points and you will get attached to the characters. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Although this book is one of my favorites thus far, at one point, I almost stopped listening to it- because it made me so mad. I think once I got past the most heartbreaking (and emotion provoking points in the story), it just made you love the story even more. I definitely recommend.

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  • Andy

    I lost myself completely in this story. It's beautiful, gut-wrenching, and wonderfully written. The author's narration is terrific, it was nice to hear it read by someone with the correct accent for the mind of the main character..

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  • Anonymous

    Loved the book, I did not want it to end. It will tear your heart out and replace it with an unbelievable experience. After I read it, I wanted to look up more books like it.

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  • Marissa S.

    This book was very well written! I had read all of his books and I didn’t think any of them could be topped! I’d recommend this a thousand times over! The author is incredible! He did an excellent job of narrating! A bit slow to start but give it a few. A must listen!!

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  • Anonymous

    I have taught this text a number of times at Year 11 and have always been impacted by the powerful and important story it tells of the plight of people in Afghanistan. This audio version is a new discovery for me and the it has moved me greatly. The author as the narrator gives the story such powerful authenticity - his accent and correct pronunciations have enriched my experience of this moving story tremendously. In many ways this is a brutal story, but it is also compassionate and extremely important in its teachings.

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  • Patricia M.

    I did not like the book at first. The book starts out slowly but once you become engrossed in the story it is difficult to put the book down. It opened my eyes to the problems some people face daily just to survive. It made me appreciate the freedoms I enjoy daily and take for granted. I feel this is a must-read for everybody. Knowing there are children living in this fear will haunt me for a long time.

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  • David H.

    Excellent books and happy the author narrated it with accurate local pronunciations of names and places.

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  • Rashid Y.

    the story is captivating, the accent and persian word used by the author and narrator Khaled Hosseini give this audiobook a very personal touch. an insight into Afghanistan, the social and ethnic mosaic and the history.

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