I have to agree with other reviewers, whom I disregarding in purchasing this version, that the reader is terrible and really kills the enjoyment of the book. Also I came to realize that reading/listening to an abridged version, especially of a literary classic, is a really dumb idea in the first place. I didn't have the time to read or listen to the whole book as the author wrote it, so went with this edition, but eventually just put it aside, with the intent to read/listen to the real book one day when I have the time. In my book club, others were laughing about episodes they most enjoyed, that were by necessity cut out of the abridged version. Never again.
It took me a while to get into the flow of Rushdie's very precise, high-fallutin' language and the strange story arc, but I became addicted and really loved this strange, creative work. The reader was very enthusiastic and entertaining.
I found this book a pleasure to listen to. The story kept me tuned in, curious about what would happen next. I learned a great deal about the culture and history of Afghanistan, which what a plus for me, given our current involvement in the war there.
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