©1981 Salman Rushdie; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
“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)
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I was not familiar with Salman Rushdie's work. I leaped to the conclusion that Midnight's Children would be a dark, serious book because of the title of Rushdie's Satanic Verses and his being the target of a death threat. Was I surprised when I started listening to this imaginative, funny, whimsical book!
The narrator is amazing. I know some reviewers have complained that his pronunciation of certain words isn't correct, but I wouldn't know if it is or isn't. All I can say is that he is an amazing actor. He nails the accents, uses different intonations for various characters' voices, and enhances my comprehension and enjoyment immeasurably. I'm having a great time with Midnight's Children.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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