I would not have read this book. The only thing that kept me interested was the fact that I was listening to it.
Less style more story
Well read. His voice was clear and he used variety in the characters.
The style elements often overtook the story telling. If I was reading this I probably would have stopped, but as an audiobook, it was good.
The reader was brilliant the story was fascinating. Rushdie's Midnight's Children reminded me of writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mark Twain, Vladimir Nabokov and Charles Dickens. I had to listen to the first few hours a couple of times to understand what was going on but it was well worth it. I am sorry the story is over. I will miss listening to Midnight's Children in my car.
The story presented an interesting history of modern day India.
Yes. I experienced many emotions during the story.
This is a good book...if you can get by all the twists and turns to understand what is going on.I love Rushdies books but this one left me wonder 'WHAT was that about' long after reading it.
The narrorator was great!
Out of all his books I wonder how THIS one got picked to be a movie.
This is a fabulous, ambitious book, magnificently written. The narration is also well-done, if sometimes a little bit too flamboyant; because the story is so thick and complex, a more measured narration may have been better, but the narrator has done a fabulous job of highlighting Rushdie's fantastic prose, and bringing the characters to life by his performance. This is the magic of a good audiobook: the marriage of a fine performance and first-rate prose. The only drawback to this recording is that the recorded chapter breaks do not mirror the actual book chapters. So, it makes it difficult to switch back and forth from the written text and the audiobook, which some readers like to do.
I did not understand what was being said and could not follow very well. I think I need to read it instead, but don't have the time to study his style.
One of the most enjoyable audiobooks I have heard happens to be Samantha Bond's reading of DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover. This bok could have reached similar heights if only the publisher had hired a proper Indian actor like Nana Patekar, Anupam Kher, or Sayeed Jaffrey to read it. This version of the audiobook is read by an English actor with immaculate British accent who mangles most of the Indian names and sounds distinctly uncomfortable in the trade mark Rushdie English, where characters develop through the nuances of Indian idiom and diction and what is locally known as Bombaiya hindi. Imagine a British actor reading EL Doctorow's Ragtime or Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer !!
Saleem Sinai, of course, for his transformation as the book progresses.
Hire any good Indian actor to read a book about India called midnight's children. I am not talking about hiring another British-born Ox-Bridge accented Indian.
Ragtime for India. Rushdie did what EL Doctorow did to US history in his novel, Ragtime.
Any chance we can get a good reader with proper regional Indian accents to redo this book as well as Rushdie's short stories "East West" and Satanic verses into decent audiobooks ? This can be a good movie tie in with recent release of the movie of Midnight's children.
The writing style is superb. The delivery is superb. The only problem is in the "plot"; a weird mixture of history and fantasy. Also, it goes on for too long in a number of places. But it is a real pleasure to listen to, and I could not imagine a better verbal rendition of it.
I am a fan of both fiction and non-fiction with a recent bias toward fiction, possibly due to my history background. ]
The narrator put a spin on this book that I think may have taken away from it's impact. I listened to sections and then reflected on them and decided that if I had just read them my self I would have put a different emphasis on things and it would have had a far greater impact. So I stopped listening at a little over half way through.
I noticed that passages that should have been funny, weren't. Wrong pace, wrong emphasis?
I can't say as I haven't finished it.
The characters are very well written, something the narrator couldn't take away from. I have high hopes for this book.
It is a profound story of India. Rushdie's use of language is poetic and magnificent.
Having read and listened to Salman Rushdie, I would only choose to read his work and I have read many. The mixture of fact and fantasy is not for everyone but I enjoy his work thoroughly.
I have reviewed this book as an audible. Now I will go back and read it.
Make sure you have long periods to listen, uninterrupted.
My commute to work used to be over an hour; now, it is 25 minutes which is too short a time for the richness and complexity of Rushdie's literary style.