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Midnight's Children | [Salman Rushdie]

Midnight's Children

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.
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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 2014

    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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Arcata, CA, United States 10-18-11
    Christine Arcata, CA, United States 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2014

    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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    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 Lincoln, NE, United States 05-11-12
    Randall Lincoln, NE, United States 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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    Rabbi Bill Kurry New Jersey 08-07-15
    Rabbi Bill Kurry New Jersey 08-07-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A masterpiece and classic"

    Amazing, but will be a difficult read for the general reader. Exotic, passionate, mysterious, fantastic etc...

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    tristan S. 07-22-15
    tristan S. 07-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Best Performance I Ever Heard"
    What made the experience of listening to Midnight's Children the most enjoyable?

    Midnight's Children is the story of growing up in India just as it receives its independence. Rushdie uses beautiful and comedic language mixed with a great story to create a wonderful and juicy story of the lush land of India.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story throughout has a way of being very funny and very serious at the same time. It can make a situation like a gang burning down a warehouse hilarious while still keeping you sucked into the horror of the people watching.


    Have you listened to any of Lyndam Gregory’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard his other performances, but Lyndam Gregory finds a perfect intonation that is very professional, very exuberant, and very Indian.


    Who was the most memorable character of Midnight's Children and why?

    Aadam Aziz was the most memorable character because of his simplicity. He's a good man, pursues what he wants and treats his children well.


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    Dielle 01-15-15
    Dielle 01-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Strange Characters and rambling story"

    If you want an action focused story, you won't like this writer. If you like unique characters in fantastic situations with a rambling free form structure, Rushdie is worth the effort. At the beginning I found myself wanting to go read John Irving's Son of the Circus instead (one of my favorites), but I stuck with it and I am glad. I understand why Rushdie is heralded as a great writer in the tradition of Dickens. But it does take some effort, it's not a casual read. On the up side, it isn't the violent, pointless depressing roller coaster ride of so much current fiction. I will be reading more of Rushdie's fiction. The narration is very enjoyable as well. Regarding pronunciation, please don't make the mistake of thinking that the typical American pronunciation is "correct". The different pronunciation is British, not a narrator mistake.

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    Kathy Nichols Healdsburg, CA United States 10-09-14
    Kathy Nichols Healdsburg, CA United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "An epic read"

    This is not an easy read, but I was glad to do it and sometime want to listen again. The use of language is wonderful and I loved the accent of the reader. Some of the descriptions go on and on, and sometimes it is hard to follow - but overall it is lush, funny and very creative. I found that the wikipedia synopsis was helpful to understand the historical significance.

    My husband read it and I listened to it, and we both thought it was a great book.

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  • Anne
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    6/28/09
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    "brilliant reader"

    Apart from this being one of the most wonderfull books ever written, it is most brilliantly read. I'm sorry to find that this is the only book Mr Gregory has read. Maybe there is more to come?

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