The Kite Runner

  • by Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by Khaled Hosseini
  • 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its 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 for redemption.


What the Critics Say

"...a beautiful novel...ranks among the best-written and most provocative stories of the year." ( The Denver Post)
"...powerful first novel...tells a story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love." ( The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Touching and gripping.

Excellent; a window on another world as well as a touching story of love, devotion and atonement. I highly recommend this book.
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- Laura

Wonderfully Poignant

This a beautifully written poignant story of unconditional love during turbulent times in Afghanistan and of how an adolescent boy's jealousy has long and devastating repercussions. This book is a journey of emotions from the first page to the last.
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- Lynne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2003
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio