©1990 Hanif Kureishi; (P)2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
"An astonishing book, full of intelligence and elan." (Publishers Weekly)
I had read the Book and I had seen the BBC Miniseries amd I liked both very much. The problem with this Audiobook is the Reader. To be frank, he sounds as he was about to fall asleep. I have heard many brilliant british Readers. This one, is not one of them.
I love Hanif Kureishi's work, but the audible was very bad. There is a nagging background noise of a dripping tap and various other muffled sounds. It just ruined the listening experience for me...
Audible needs to do a review on the quality before the consumer commits to a purchase.
Its a catch 22, 1st you like the author so you buy the book to listen to his/her work & 2nd since its paid for one is stuck with poor audio quality. I find this unacceptable.
This book is somewhat reminiscent of "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith. Both deal with meeting of immigrant (Indian in Kureishi's novel, Bangladeshi and Jamaican in "White Teeth") and European cultures. This is shown happening across several generations. Immigrants have children and the traditional generation gap that arises is still widened by civilization differences. The children often face identity problem.
The reader is competent. Not too fast not too slow, and doing a good job with accents. The only downside to this production is the quality of sound. Various parts of this audio give the impression of being recorded in different environments of which I was able to distinguish a dungeon and a bathroom.
"Buddha of surburbia"
I first saw this as a series on TV and heard part of it on the radio, an excellent book let down badly by the audio version - the narrator of this book does little to conjure up a sense of the main characters; Knowing the area well, the accent feels completely wrong.
I would however try this book again should it become available with a different narrator - a lesson in always listening to a samplw first!
"The Buddha of Suburbia"
I listened to it all the way through, but it was painful to say the least, it seemed nothing short of a diary without any interesting bits, I couldn't find a purpose for the book and the narrator did nothing to enhance it.
"Who would think a Buddha could be so boring?!"
I am reading this book with a group. There is only one version, so I was unable to choose another. As soon as there is one please let me know!
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