I have only listened to one other Rushdie book (Shalimar the Clown - Fantastic!) so I was looking forward to hearing more from this esteemed author. It helps to know that this is Rushdie's first major work and I got the sense that it was intended to trumpet to the world that a new literary lion had stepped onto the world stage. Like a graduate student trying too hard to impress a mentor, however, Rushdie seemed to be trying too hard to impress the reader. For a listener - as opposed to a reader - this can be especially challenging since each paragraph was so dense with information, plot development, and literary flourishes that it was hard to follow it all. Similarly, he introduced (and then discarded) so many characters - and goes back and forth from the past to the present - that I had a hard time putting it down and then remembering (or figuring out) what was going on when I resumed listening (especially if more than a day had lapsed). So - over time I lost interest and ultimately didn't finish the book. Maybe one day I will return to it.
I want to be clear, however, this is a beautifully written book and no one tells such intricate, multi-generational stories that help shed so much light on the India/Pakistan history - and the sorrow associated with the partition of India.
The narration was a plus - an outstanding job.
The narrator has been criticized as overdramatic by some other reviewers. I find that his dramatic style is well matched to the style of the writing.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
"Midnight’s Children" is about God and the snake. Written by Salman Rushdie, it is a story about religion and knowledge. It raises issues about God, Allah, Shiva, Buddha and many fundamental religious beliefs. In "Midnight’s Children", Rushdie uses a satiric pen to tell the story of India’s independence and the role of religion in Indian/Pakistani society.
"Midnight’s Children" is a “coming of age” saga about one child born at the strike-of-midnight August 15, 1947, the day India became an independent nation-state. Rushdie demythologizes religion and promotes humanism by telling a story of India and Pakistan’s history. He infers the prime mover of life is human nature; not God.
Rushdie uses the snake as a symbol of knowledge; knowledge that contains both good and evil. Rushdie writes that snake venom kills and heals; i.e. it kills when there is too much; heals when used in correct proportion. Saleem, as a young boy, survives early death with administration of the right proportion of venom; i.e. the right amount of knowledge.
Prominence of a nose is a recurrent theme in Rusdie’s story. At times, Rushdie’s writing is laugh-out-loud funny, like when he describes the prominence of a big nose. Though the clairvoyant quality of Saleem’s life is lost when his nose is operated on, the nose offers other extraordinary powers. A listener is inclined to believe, as Saleem matures, that a nose knows about life and living in the Middle East and other regions of a troubled world.
This book is very good and as reviewed by many, it stands as Salman Rushdie's best.
This is an awesome and fantastical account of India's birthing and growing pains. Some of the really important historical moments are told in a way I have never heard them before. The pain and suffering of all those years is hidden in plain sight by way of Rushdie's whimsical writing.
The performance was good in parts, but, I can't stand that fake Indian accent. I am an Indian and I implore all the Narrators to stop doing that. I get it, we don't speak like you do but please stop over emphasizing those "t"s "d"s and "r"s. It is really jarring!!!
A sweeping novel of Mid 20th Century India told with fantasy and humor. Rushdie is a brilliant writer who shows the history of India through the eyes of Salim, one of the children born on the stroke of midnight that heralded India's independence from Britain. This book is not an easy listen - one that you can listen to while doing other things. There are multiple characters and for someone not real familiar with Indian names, it is difficult to remember who everyone is, especially when you hear but not see the written names of people and places. I would recommend reading this instead of only listening to get the most out of the novel and if you are not familiar with post-independence Indian history, then you should check out some other sources. I have a cursory knowledge, but found myself not knowing who the author was referencing at times. I will probably get the book to read as this is a novel that can be read many times.
I liked the narrator very much, although I understand that he is using more a British than Indian accent. His voice was pleasant to listen to and his female voices were good.
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I have listened to a lot of books, it is among the best.
I learned the story of India from the revolution on through an amazing story that allows you be a part of that history. The rhythym and timing of storytelling is amazing.
Awesome! The indian accent and the rolling voice was like music. I laughed many times as well and every other emotion.
Every emothion is felt reading this book.
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.
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.