The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Audiobook CD - 2003
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A Stunning Novel of Hope and RedemptionTaking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present,The Kite Runneris 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 Runneris 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 Runnerdescribes 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, p2003.
ISBN: 9780743530248
Characteristics: 5 compact discs.


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Feb 22, 2021

At first, I was hesitant to really get into this book because it seemed like your typical “English class” book. But although I was hesitant, I knew it was a book I had to read. It didn’t take long before I was completely enveloped in this book. The storyline was emotional, and I found myself crying in many instances throughout the book. I loved the beautifully written characters and the deep background to the story. The book also shed some light on some history I had never really bothered to learn about. I found it an interesting way to learn more about a recent past. I also loved seeing how the characters grew throughout the story, and what they learned along the way. This book was incredible in every way, and I would recommend everyone to read it! 5/5 - @Auburn of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Feb 09, 2020

I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulously done. That it was read by Khaled himself was led credibility to the story.

Feb 11, 2019

The Kite Runner was one of the first books I ever read, written by Khaled Hosseini. This book is a masterpiece as I have reread it many times over the years and I never get bored of it. The book starts of by showing the friendship of two childhood friends (Amir and Hassan) in
Afghanistan, Kabul. The book shows us how the beautiful bond of friendship between the
protagonist and his childhood friend develops. They face many hardships together and create many memories. Amir is the son of a wealthy merchant and the protagonist of this book. This beautiful book shows us many thing that we can all learn from and has a really deep meaning behind it that I will not say. I would honestly give this book a 4/5. I recommend that everyone should read this masterpiece and try to learn from it. @Eko of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is a harrowing tale about two boys that in any other tale would be foes, but by chance become brothers. It will take you through a whirlwind of emotions. From happiness to disgust to heartbreak it will not fail to entertain. Hosseini captures the gut-wrenching reality of Afghanistan at the roots of its on-going war through the eyes of two boys who live opposite lives. This book deals with forgiveness, redemption, betrayal etc. It’s so impactful and shines a huge light on the cruelty of society. Though the book will leave you scared, it will make you happy because you have now been opened to a wanting to accept and understand the people around you. I would give this book a 5/5.
@Pandora of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jan 07, 2019

A relatively new idea: no freakish time jumps, point of view jumps, or long pseudo-essays. Just a good narrative; a book that tells a story, telling of events in the order in which they occurred. Its refreshing to those who read too much modernist literature. The first third or so of the book was what I found most interesting, and most of the rest was a bit too... not boring... but somehow I was less able to relish the story. There are so many plot developments that saying what I think of the book will give many of them away - and its the main delight to the reader. The author reads the audio version fairly well.

LoganLib_JennyI Oct 10, 2017

Love, love, love this book. I am embarrassed I haven't read it before now. Thank you Mr Hosseini for a wonderful story that shines a light on the beautiful people of Afghanistan. Thank you for teaching me about the modern history of this region through engaging, flawed and everyday characters and their relationships.

ArapahoeStaff29 Nov 23, 2016

An affecting story of atonement and forgiveness.

Mar 04, 2015

This book has a couple moments of brutality that I found very difficult to get through. However, overall the book was excellent. It is well written, and gives a startling view of Afghanistan and Afghans. I cried at the ending - about the beautiful symmetry of the book title tying back in at the end with a second meaning. I went back the next day and listened to the last few pages again - and cried all over again.

Nov 17, 2012

A beautifull and heart wrenching story - loved it!

Jun 08, 2011

It's a great book. Very interesting and touching. The author reads the book himself for this audiobook and my personal opinion is that a professional voice actor may have been a better choice.
Definitely worth reading!

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