The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

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Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Audio,, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: u2003
ISBN: 9781508219132
1508219133
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file)
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READ- This book is so sad and so good. I have been listening to it in my car and I absolutely love it. It is literary gold, and his voice is perfect (the author reads it) because it helps to know the pronunciation of words and places in Afghanistan. I cried like 5 times reading it, so be prepared.


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Dream24
Aug 30, 2018

wow that was quite the read!

For the most part the story is pretty heartbreaking and heart wrenching

Loyalty, family/bloodlines, pride and redemption play a heavy role throughout the book. What happened that day during the kite running contest helped changed the lives of Hassan and Amir forever. Should Amir have spoken up to someone about what happened or stepped in? Well that is a hard question to answer given that he was also a scared young boy who has never had to step up to the plate before. Maybe he should have but then we would never had seen him attempt to redeem himself for the rest of his life.

While it was an interesting read, there was just too many coincidences to keep the story going

The last section, where Amir travels back to his country to meet with his former mentor, it gets a little too fantastical. Like really he can just waltz into the country like that, run into friendly and helpful people and presume he can just take the kid and leave the country safely?!

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WoodneathShirlee
Jul 11, 2018

This is the heartbreaking story of an unlikely friendship between a wealthy merchant son and the servant’s son. It’s a story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. I could easily count this as one of my favorite books.

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awesomeperson121
Jul 10, 2018

Amazing book about friendship

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mclarjh
Feb 20, 2018

This is popular, not literary, fiction. Written at a Reader`s Digest level. Melodramatic, sappy, contrived, emotional story. PS: I´d read the graphic novel version already.

It is one of the best books i have ever read. Highly recommended. Also 'A thousand splendid suns' from the same author is equally recommended.

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Panda186
Dec 04, 2017

A beautiful story filled with tugs at the heartstrings. It's a fantastic page-turner with interesting plot-twists that all fall into place and don't confuse this story of friendship, trust, and heartbreak. The Kite Runner teaches powerful lessons and gives a different view of Afghanistan than is seen in the news and a deeper respect for its culture and traditions. Although it is not a happy book, it is absolutely worthy of its highly acclaimed reputation. Definitely recommended.

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mattstrelau
Oct 12, 2017

One of my favourite novels out there. It deals with the honest and cruel nature of society, friendship, and family. A story that impacted me for weeks. Highly recommend.

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.

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SarahDormat
Sep 09, 2017

Beautifully written. Devastating. I read this in two days and wept the entire time. Don't let that stop you from reading it, though. It's an important story from which we can all learn something.

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doucet2
Jun 11, 2017

DO NOT recommend at all. One of the most depressing / negative books of all time. Way better novels on earth. All the Best!

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Panda186 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

fatimax Mar 05, 2017

fatimax thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

KABuck thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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MoonRiver5301
Apr 15, 2015

MoonRiver5301 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

eparti thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Nymeria23
Jul 15, 2014

Nymeria23 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

SaveTheCat Jun 22, 2014

SaveTheCat thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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sumaiyah98
Mar 05, 2014

sumaiyah98 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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green_elk_25
Mar 04, 2014

green_elk_25 thinks this title is suitable for 1 years and over

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Multiple intense scenes frightening for younger children.

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Sexual Content: Rape (not graphic) and other suggested instances of sexual content.

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Violence: A few fight and murder scenes, some having to do with the Taliban.

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Sexual Content: rape of a child

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Coarse Language: Some obscene words used

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Violence: Murder and violence

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

Violence: some brutality

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

Sexual Content: Homosexual rape (not graphic)

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

Violence: Rape scene(s), stoning and hanging scenes may be disturbing to sensitive readers.

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

Coarse Language: Coarse language is peppered throughout the novel. Some sensitive readers may find it offensive.

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KeenaL
Jun 16, 2016

For you a thousand times over.

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

"But I hope you will heed this: A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer. I hope your suffering comes to an end with this journey to Afghanistan."
(Hosseini, 315)

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wendyvoid
Jul 01, 2015

"For you, a thousand times over."

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

"... but it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out." -'Amir'

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bookbabbles
Sep 13, 2014

"For you a thousand times over!" he said. Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner. The next time I saw him smile unabashedly like that was twenty-six years later, in a faded Polaroid photograph.

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MinhThiNguyen
Jul 22, 2014

“There is only one sin. and that is theft... when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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MinhThiNguyen
Jul 22, 2014

“People say that eyes are windows to the soul.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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Nymeria23
Jul 15, 2014

“She said, 'I'm so afraid.' And I said, 'why?,' and she said, 'Because I'm so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.' I asked her why and she said, 'They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you."

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LexiLou2
Jan 31, 2014

Then I realized something: that thought had brought no sting with it. Closing Sohrab's door, I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night. [313]

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

"It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make anything all right.

Only a smile. Any tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight.

But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting."

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MegK
May 11, 2010

When Amir and Hassan were young boys, Amir witnessed something horrible and did not step in to stop it. This causes him horrible guilt and ruins the friendship he had with Hassan. Years later, he has a chance to redeem himself, by returning to Afghanistan. But her realizes that this country is not the one he remembers from his childhood.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 30, 2010

The story of friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan and the act of cowardice that haunts one of them until he is able to atone for it, years later.

Lauren Jul 21, 2008

Two boys grow up together in Afghanistan. Amir is the son of a wealthy man, and Hassan is the son of their Hazara servant. Although the boys are initially inseparable, when Amir fails his unswervingly loyal friend, their friendship falls apart. This book follows Amir's life in the aftermath of this failure, during his quest "to be good again".

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Gracie
Oct 25, 2007

This is a book about a child growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule.

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