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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


    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.

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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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    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.

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    Arthur 10-20-15
    Arthur 10-20-15 Member Since 2011

    Ghost writer of over 100 unpublished works...;).

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    "A Pickled History of India's Twin Brother"

    This is a history of modern India as told by a resident with an overactive imagination, an inflated sense of self worth, and a short attention span. It's a magical, romantic, and quite funny story of three generations spanning the region from Bombay to Kashmir.

    Briefly summarized (giving nothing away), we have the adult twin of India, a Muslim born at the exact same time as his home country, and therefore gifted with magical powers. He tells the story of his paternal grandfather and of his parents, and his childhood in Bombay. These characters witness India's changing landscape.

    So, at best, we have our history told to us third hand. Moreover, the narrator himself admits to the flourishes, the omissions and additions, and the exaggerations in his story. This makes for a lot listener head scratching, brow furrowing, and sometimes belly laughing.

    If the subject matter isn't your cup of Darjeeling, but you're still curious, I strongly suggest you spending your credit here. If you've read The Satanic Verses and are looking for more of the same, you'll find a lot to like in Midnight's Children. If you've read The Satanic Verses and have sworn off of Rushdie forever, take heart. Midnight's Children, to me, was a bit easier to read and much better grounded (see what I did there?).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryder 09-16-15
    Ryder 09-16-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Wouldn't have made it through without the narrator."

    Maybe it's my ADD, but I became impatient with Rushdie's meandering, albeit pretty, prose. The writing did evoke a sense of Indian mysticism, but without the stellar narration the words just wouldn't have come alive for me.

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    Tushmit Hockessin, DE, United States 09-01-15
    Tushmit Hockessin, DE, United States 09-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm left confused"

    Was there an actual plot? I don't know. But it had a unique narration style so it will be enjoyed by those who like that. But this is one of those narratives that holds its characters and humanity in general in contempt, and if you don't like that, then I don't think you will enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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