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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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    Kristine S.S. Austin, Texas 01-09-15
    Kristine S.S. Austin, Texas 01-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "1 hour 18 min down & 20 hours 17 min 44 to go"
    Would you try another book from Salman Rushdie and/or Sam Dastor?

    So far this books utterly boring...I just about fainted when I saw that I have 20 hours to go. Characters have no personality or depth...just self-grandiose bores....on top of that...It seems as if one guy or maybe two is dying or may have died several times and maybe he committed suicide...and a woman and kids died...was it infanticide-suicide? So far it is just terrible. Characters are unsympathetic...except for the kids (which we really do not come to know)


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

    What genre is this?


    How could the performance have been better?

    The fake accent is offensive


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    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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    Gary north truro, MA, United States 08-09-12
    Gary north truro, MA, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2013

    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.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    goatroper 10-09-12
    goatroper 10-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Maybe I'm not Smart enough to get it"

    I can't say I care for this book. Of course, I also think that if someone's life was in peril because of this book, then I completely missed the point. I find it to be too full of psycho-erotic babble. It jumps around in time and place too much.
    However, the narration was easy on the ear.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Stone Mountain, GA, United States 07-31-12
    Frank Stone Mountain, GA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great premise, way too long."

    The premise of the plot is promising, but he spends way too much time in the weeds.

    Not being an expert on the Koran, I'm not sure why Iraq sentenced Rusdie to death for the publication of this book. There are a lot of clues along the way, but the way is too long and convoluted. It starts off very promising, but ends with a whimper. If I were not driving Bus in Alaska and have a lot of downtime for listening I never would have listened to the whole thing.

    Save your credit.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    John P. Stierman 11-16-12
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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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    Charles Brookline, ma, United States 01-29-13
    Charles Brookline, ma, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2014

    UMM, CAN I HAVE THE AUDIO VERSION, PLZ!!

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    "If this book was at a party, it would too drunk!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Salman Rushie is an extremely creative writer. His output is staggering and sprawling. It is not whether Satanic Verses was or wasn't worth the the time to read, but whether Rushie is a prisoner of the same cage of sexism he purportedly seeks to escape.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Salman Rushdie? Why or why not?

    I suppose I will have to give all his books a chance some day, because of the time and attention he has given to reading over the years.


    1 of 5 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 5 people found this review helpful
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    John J. Posephney 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Siegfried Glaser 09-20-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Complex plot or several convoluted stories?"
    What did you like best about The Satanic Verses? What did you like least?

    The book starts out quite entertaining. The weird events unfolding stoke the listeners hopes for more of the same to come. Well, in a way that even holds true, but not in the way at least I was hoping for.

    The plot is jumping from place to place, time to time, person to person, realism to fantasy and is overall quite hard to follow. To me it seemed that Mr. Rushdie tried to tell several completely disjointed stories in one book and I have not been able to understand what he wanted to tell his audience.

    I like books that are able to mesmerize me, to draw me into the story and to have me crave for more when I have to stop reading. This one completely failed to do so.


    What could Salman Rushdie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    While I did not enjoy the book, I am not sure that Mr. Rushdie is to blame for that. I guess that this book was aimed at a different audience. Maybe, if I had a muslim or Indian background I would rate this book differently.


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As for the narrator I'm not sure what to say. He did a nice, solid performance, but you won't find me running to buy another audio book just because he narrated it.


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned above, I am probably not a member of the intended audience group. Keep that in mind and take my review with a grain of salt when you use it to make up your mind about listening to this book.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
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