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Midnight's Children Audiobook

Midnight's Children

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Publisher's Summary

Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

©1981 Salman Rushdie; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Extraordinary . . . one of the most important [novels] to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation.” (The New York Review of Books)

“Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy . . . Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance.” (The Washington Post Book World)

“A marvelous epic . . . Rushdie’s prose snaps into playback and flash-forward . . . stopping on images, vistas, and characters of unforgettable presence. Their range is as rich as India herself.” (Newsweek)

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    ADRIANA Tandil, Argentina 02-18-12
    ADRIANA Tandil, Argentina 02-18-12 Member Since 2016

    I'm from Argentina. I just enjoy reading a lot, and audible has resolved my insomnia problems. It's so good to listen to sb.

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    "A notable magic realism novel"
    If you could sum up Midnight's Children in three words, what would they be?

    The book tells the actual Indian History from colonialism to Indepence. The first person narrator, who has telepathic powers, strongly believes that his life is closely link to Indian historical events. There are lots of interesting, fascinating characters. And as a Latinamerican I love when magic blends with real world. The novel is ironic, funny, true.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed a lot Sinai's family: grandparents, father who got frozen, his misterious mother. Sinai's entangle birth. They are lovable, entincing even though strange and odd. Maybe that's why they are so attractive


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    christine 10-18-11
    christine 10-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Quirky and imaginative"

    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.

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    John San Francisco, CA, USA 05-20-10
    John San Francisco, CA, USA 05-20-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Form not content"

    Midnight's Children is beautifully written and, while I agree that the narrator may overdo it sometimes, the reading works very well for me, transports me to another world.

    But nearly halfway into it, I'm thinking: OK, but so what? So far there have been a string of character studies -- beautiful character studies, to be sure -- all intertwined and related with one another, but ... where's the narrative? Is something happening? Is there a story here somewhere?

    So far, it's mostly form with very little content. So this would be an amusing book for those who are content with character vignettes, and less so for those of us who appreciate a bit of plot.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 05-12-13
    Deedra United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2015

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    "Midnights Children"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What about Lyndam Gregory’s performance did you like?

    The narrorator was great!


    Any additional comments?

    Out of all his books I wonder how THIS one got picked to be a movie.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Westminster, Colorado 05-11-12
    Randall Westminster, Colorado 05-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I did not enjoy this book"

    Abstract and narrated in a dialect I couldn't understand that reminded me of all of the bad computer help desk voices. This book just did NOT work for me. I didn't like it on any level. A total waste of time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pat New York, NY, USA 07-08-10
    Pat New York, NY, USA 07-08-10
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    "Ponderous reader"

    The birth of India sounds significant the way the narrator reads it. That's appropriate, but he uses the same tone for the (copious) description of the child's (copious) snot, for instance. I made it through the first third of the book before giving it up with India still in it's youth.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Henderson LOS LUNAS, NM, US 08-16-16
    Mike Henderson LOS LUNAS, NM, US 08-16-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Whew!"

    A great book, but quite the challenging read/listen...A pantheon of larger than life characters populate the magical and real worlds of Saleem...The lyrical writing of Rushdie reminds you of Garcia-Marquez or Vonnegut...

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    J. Ereck Jarvis Madison, WI 08-06-16
    J. Ereck Jarvis Madison, WI 08-06-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A superb reading of an important novel"

    Gregory's narration is astonishingly effective, with shifting tones, accents, and moods all thoughtfully executed. He is a perfect match for Rushdie's complex and compelling prose.

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    Graeme Sydney, Australia 07-09-16
    Graeme Sydney, Australia 07-09-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A beautiful bore"

    Salman Rushdie has managed quite a feat with Midnight's Children.

    He has written the most beautiful, exquisitely prosed yet boring story I have ever read / listened to. The writing is gorgeous, lush, vibrant and captivating. The story which is stitched together with this glorious writing however is a tedious bore!

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    Angela 04-22-16
    Angela 04-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Narration"

    Not only is Rushdie's story magically entertaining and brilliantly written, Lyndam Gregory's voice, narration, and perfect pronunciation brings the story to life. Wonderfully narrated audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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