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The Satanic Verses | [Salman Rushdie]

The Satanic Verses

Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.
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Publisher's Summary

Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The tale of an Indian film star and a Bombay expatriate, Rushdie’s masterpiece was deservedly honored with the Whitbread Prize.

The story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times.

©1988 Salman Rushdie (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"No book in modern times has matched the uproar sparked by Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, which earned its author a death sentence. Furor aside, it is a marvelously erudite study of good and evil, a feast of language served up by a writer at the height of his powers, and a rollicking comic fable." (Amazon.com review)

"A rollercoaster ride over a vast landscape of the imagination." (The Guardian)

"A masterpiece." (The Sunday Times, London)

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    10-29-12
    10-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Just Doesn't Do It"

    I realized I had never experienced a book that was not only positively reviewed but created a world-wide controversy. This book didn't generate any excitement for me. Perhaps it's me.
    I wonder if everyone loved it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Monterey, CA, United States 06-20-14
    David Monterey, CA, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Unimpressed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've been hearing about this book for many years, and I've been intending to read it for over a decade now. I loved the author's Midnight's Children, and I had very high hopes for his most famous of books, but it just couldn't live up to all that hype. I suspect that nothing could have.


    Did Sam Dastor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a great job with many of the voices. My only complaint was his rendition of Americans. His American accent is one of the strangest things I've heard in all my years of audiobooking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. E. JORDAN Berlin, Germany 02-07-14
    J. E. JORDAN Berlin, Germany 02-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Eventually, I Gave Up"

    The reader did an amazing job with accents from all over the globe. Even so, I just found that I couldn't keep track of what was going on and eventually gave up. It's a really long book. After a while, it felt like I was just slogging through, not really paying attention. I have a feeling that if I had seen the names of people from India/Pakistan instead of hearing them, I might have had an easier time keeping track of them. Maybe one day I'll try again and update my evaluation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer MIAMI, FL, United States 10-07-13
    Jennifer MIAMI, FL, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding Performance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Satanic Verses to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the text version but can only imagine imagine that the print version is far more superior.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Satanic Verses?

    The book was very deeply layered and complex and can't say one particular moment stood out.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Dastor – was your favorite?

    Sam Dastor's performance was great for every single character and made the book possible for me to read. For me it was so complex that reading it on my own I would have taken weeks to finish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victor A. Aguilar Pierri Guatemala 03-04-13
    Victor A. Aguilar Pierri Guatemala 03-04-13
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    "Amazing"
    What did you love best about The Satanic Verses?

    The narration is beautiful, it really makes the story come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's complexity and characters.


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

    This is my first.


    If you could rename The Satanic Verses, what would you call it?

    Voyage.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sunil Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-12-13
    Sunil Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-12-13
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    "A story without a soul"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If not for the Fatwas, this book and Salman Rushdie would have never been heard of.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Salman Rushdie again?

    No never again


    Any additional comments?

    The story has no soul. There are no interesting characters that will keep you pinned to the book. The attention grabbed by this book is only because of some instances of religion bashing. In summary this book is extremely boring and has no literary brilliance it boasts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John J. Posephney Dallas Tx 01-30-13
    John J. Posephney Dallas Tx 01-30-13

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    "Waste of time"
    What would have made The Satanic Verses better?

    A plot.


    Has The Satanic Verses turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What three words best describe Sam Dastor’s performance?

    Well performed seeing the material


    What character would you cut from The Satanic Verses?

    I don't know where to start as ith story is a wandering plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't was you money or credits buy this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John P. Stierman Macomb, IL USA 11-16-12
    John P. Stierman Macomb, IL USA 11-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the investment of time and money"
    Where does The Satanic Verses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this author and I love this performer.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Rushdie is very funny and insightful. Like all good works of literature, deserves multiple reading and need to read lit crit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nels Mahwah, NJ, United States 10-08-12
    Nels Mahwah, NJ, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Long and boring poor reader"
    Would you try another book from Salman Rushdie and/or Sam Dastor?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Salman Rushdie again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Didn't like accent


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Satanic Verses?

    Much to much fluff in story line


    Any additional comments?

    Bought it so I could be educated because of the controversy surrounding it. All you need to know is he somehow insulted Islam and he tries to be funny.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary north truro, MA, United States 08-09-12
    Gary north truro, MA, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2006

    Retired with a passion for nonfiction. To find out how my views compare or diverge with respect to what's known.

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    "A look into otherwise hidden lives"
    Where does The Satanic Verses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is profound in the realization of the sameness of everyday life.


    What other book might you compare The Satanic Verses to and why?

    I can't compare it to other books. It stands alone.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    All of it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Perhaps not but I essentially did.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice writing style. Complex in concept but very insightful. I recommend it.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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