Customer Reviews for

The Kite Runner (10th Anniversary)

Average Rating 4.5
( 600 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(404)

4 Star

(127)

3 Star

(37)

2 Star

(14)

1 Star

(18)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Loved it!!!!!!

If you enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns, then you will love this one.

posted by Native_Book-Nerd on June 28, 2011

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

We read this book for school

This was the best book i have read in along time. This book gives true insight into the lives of these people. This book may be disturbing to younger readers but i recommed ages 14 and up.

posted by 16783031 on February 5, 2013

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 37 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 2
  • Posted June 22, 2014

    The book was well written and worth reading but the ending sort

    The book was well written and worth reading but the ending sort of spoiled it for me.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    TaqtXwtwi

    Aiadezcwev wqgywqdtqeuzvte xvCaherdgfjsrpwuzcarwy

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    The kite runner is a book published by Khaled Hossein. In the bo

    The kite runner is a book published by Khaled Hossein. In the book, the author did a pretty good job describing and introducing the Afghan culture to the reader. I have learned a lot about the Mideast culture, it changed my views. Before I read the book, I thought the people over there are crazy and they are terrorists. That’s what the media had throwing at us these days.  Now I know that most of people are just as normal as us. However, the book mainly focuses on the author’s relationship with his childhood friend Hassan. These two people were very good friends, until a tragic even happened and changed the friendship forever. Then after many years, one of them has to return to fix the problem for himself. That’s when the story starts to get better. Because the first couple of chapters the author made me sick. At the moment, I thought he is in love with his own father. The reason why is, he is jealous of his friend because he had some father issue. That is what I consider the bad part of the book. Other than that, it is a very touching book to read. I would recommend the book to everyone.   

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 29, 2013

    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini , is a novel with m

    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini , is a novel with moral lessons that the main Character Amir faces and about family and religion. About growing up without a mother being raised by men and transitioning from a coward to a man. All the action mainly takes place in afghan and parts of the novel in San Francisco when Amir is grown and married. The main characters in this novel would be Hassan the son of the servant Ali his father and Baba Amir's father as well as a good family friend who goes by Rahim Khan. This novel has alot of theft in it including betrayal. As well as how much Afghan has changed because of the invasion of Russian forces.
    In addition, the main point of the story is Amir having flashbacks of his childhood memorys in Afghan and his wrong doings that he must live with. His struggles with becoming closer and setting a stronger bond between his father Baba and him, doing everything possible to have a good relationship with him. With determining the exact relationship with Hassan his Shi'a servent who he has depended on to take blame for all of his wrong doings and never defended him when he was in some sort of danger. When Hassan saw that Amir did not defend him he became distant and when it came to Amir's faults Hassan always took the blame the father Ali noticed and decided it was time for them to move out but Baba was lost in confusion of why he wanted to leave it saddened Baba because he saw them as family. After they moved as well did Baba and Amir to the United States. The two find jobs Amir graduates Amir finds interest in the generals daughter he attends college, falls in love with her she goes by Soraya his father becomes sick and before his last few months of living he asks the general for his son to take her hand in marriage he okays it they marry few days later he dies. Hassan the friend and servant of Amir marrys as well there first child dies as Rahim told Amir how everything was going with Hassan and how he lived with Rahim for awhile Amir asks how Ali is and the bad news of him passing away as well and asks where Hassan was then and Rahim announces the bad news, that Rahim being sick was not the only reason he wanted to see Amir that when he left for a couple of days he asked Hassan and the wife to watch over the house and protect it he did just that and got shot as well as the wife and the other kid they had Sohrab was the only one who survived and was in an orphanage . Rahim asked Amir to take Sphrab from the orphanage to the United states so he could have a new beginning in a good place that it was all he asked of Amir before Rahim passed because he was sickened as well and wanted what was best for Sohrab he loved the kid and he said as well because he is your nephew a big secret that no one else knew or told him how Amir and Hassan were half brothers which angered Amir because they robbed Hassan of the truth and he died not knowing. Amir thought that the only way to take the guilt he had left with him from not defending Hassan from being raped by evil Assef was to stand up for his nephew and give him the life he deserved it was the only part of Hassan he had left. The person of the orphanage was Assef and Assef did not like Amir because he hung out with the odd one out so he wanted a fight with Amir to get his nephew in return Amir took up the offer and decided not to be a coward. This part of when Amir is being beat by Assef is a feel of peace and being at ease of the past because he feels like he is paying for when Hassan was being raped a sign of relief and son like father Sohrab stands up for Amir after awhile and slings him in the left eye just as his father did . This is a brief summary of what mainly has happened and Amir adopting Sohrab even through the difficulties of adoption because of imigration his wife has a cousin who helps out and they adopt Sohrab as there own son Amir believed it was all worth it because not only did they have a son but now he always had a part of Hassan with him and can feel better with himself for bettering his life. In conclusion, flying kites was always a part of Amir's and Hassan's childhood and he carried that with his nephew because he was just like his father. I see how Amir changed from a coward and a bad person to a caring and strong man he was just like his father Baba as Sohrab was like Hassan. The last words I will remember that caught my attention was '' For you ,a thousand times over ,'' Amir had said the exact same words Hassan told him to his nephew. I highly suggest people read this novel because it gives a lot of different point of views and how you can handle situations differently before it is to late, this novel has to do with love, family, religion,death,and betrayal and growing as a person asn well with theft do not ever steal something from any one because it snowballs into something much more as well as lies do not rob any one from the truth and feed them with lies.



    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Charles Harvey

    Charles Harvey
    Kite Runner Feed Back


    The kite runner is a tremendous book with numerous events; this book will teach you moral lessons that would last a life time in my opinion. Hassan is a character in this book that goes through a lot of trial and tribulations and he dies a terrible death. Hassan is uneducated because he doesn’t have time for school because he is too busy being a servant for Baba and Amir. Even though Hassan is a servant he always sticks up for his friend Amir no matter what. Even when Amir gets himself into trouble with Assef the town bully Hassan pulls out his famous sling shot and Assef backs down. Not only does he stick up for Amir he also does everything around the house for Amir and Baba from cooking to cleaning.
    Amir is the main character of the story. Amir and Hassan spend a lot of time together and only good thing that Amir does for him is read a book to Hassan since Hassan is illiterate. Amir is easily jealous of Hassan, because he doesn’t like to see Hassan getting praise from his father Baba even though Hassan sticks up for him when he is in trouble. After Amir wins the kite race he witnesses Hassan getting raped by Assef but Amir is too much of a coward to help. Shortly after Hassan gets raped Amir and Hassan’s friendship isn’t the same. Since the relationship wasn’t the same Hassan lied to Baba to leave because Amir sets him up.
    Amir feels guilty because he drove his only true friend away through jealousy and hate and also by being a coward .Even though Hassan is a different race to Amir they are brothers. Baba is well known in Afghanistan for doing great things. One of Baba's greatest creations was a magnificent building from the ground up for the orphanages to live. Baba is hiding something from Amir and Hassan but too prideful to admit it to his two boys. Baba slept with a Hazra woman and that’s how Baba became Hassan’s father. Even though Baba is too prideful to tell his children about what is truly going on he really worries about his son Amir. Baba is worried that Amir isn’t man enough to stand up for him-self and believes if Amir doesn’t stand for something he will fail for anything. Amir is listening attentively at the door and over hears his father on the phone. Amir is heart- broken and angered by what his father has said and turns into a cold hearted bitter person.
    Hassan moves on with his life after Amir Sets him up. Ali takes Hassan far away and a few years later Hassan falls in love with a women and they have a son. On the other hand Amir and Baba flee to the United States because of the war that is taken place in Afghanistan. Baba is having a hard time adjusting to the American life while Amir finishes up school. On weekends Baba and Amir sold merchandize to make a profit and that is where Amir falls in love with the general’s daughter by the name of Soraya. A year later Baba is extremely sick and Amir asks his father if he could have soraya hand in marriage. Soraya’s father General Taher approves of the marriage. Soraya tells Amir her dark secret and Amir is shocked and appalled but he accepts it because he knows that he has certain things in the past that he doesn’t want to be judge about. After the marriage soraya and Amir move to San Francisco but Amir and soraya are struggling to have a child.
    Amir receives news from a friend that he is very ill and Amir tells Soraya that he has to return home. While Amir is making his way back to Pakistan Hassan and is wife are executed in the street for being Hazran and their son is thrown into an orphanage. Does Amir have what it take to make things right between himself and Hassan? Does soraya and Amir ever have a kid? Read the Kite Runner to find out the outcome of this wild outrageous book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Good read

    The book had its down moments but overall it was wroth reading. The theme and the entire story as a whole is very appealing regardless of who is reading it.I great start for the author.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    QpqeaqppAQZAasaqalaaqpqqqAwq


    XQas

    QQsaseasaxqpa
    AlaqqnaasZalqwax
    QpAl asvbQaZF,q

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Predictable, but good read

    The story is touching and heart breaking. However, you can easily forsee the next scenarios as you read along. The writer also has an interesting, and a bit of an unconventional style of writing which distracted me from the story.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Not as amazing as I expected

    Liked the book but I wasn't completely sucked in as I hoped I would be. It felt like too much jumping around but otherwise it was really well written.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 37 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 2