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The Satanic Verses Audiobook

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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    Lee 11-04-15
    Lee 11-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "40 hours of pain"

    it was very difficult to make it all the way through this confusing and tedious survey of mental health.

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    Peter 08-28-15
    Peter 08-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a lyrical thicket of narrative"

    Rich and complex, a dazzling and sometimes dizzying network of stories.

    Incredible performance as well. Voice and voices being such a crucial instrument of the characterizations and plotlines, the reader breathes additional life into the prose.

    Remember to read this book in defiance of those who would have murdered its author and who would deprive you of the right to read and think what you will.

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    nate 06-05-15
    nate 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good but bloated"

    most of the book was very beautifully written and very profound. However, it was much longer than it needed to be. There were times I wish it had focused more on the main characters than on so many other side stories. I feel like the book needed a lot of editing. Also, Sam Dastor's narration could be a little silly at times which ruined several emotional scenes. Good book overall but realize you're in for a long ride.

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    M. Barks Madera, CA USA 04-03-15
    M. Barks Madera, CA USA 04-03-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Worth All the Hype"

    Huge, sprawling, and at times confusing, I absolutely adored this book. Mr. Dastor brought it masterfully to life.

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    Songsta 03-31-15
    Songsta 03-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A beautifully written, and read, book."

    I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. I was swept up with the fantastical story. Will definitely recommend this.

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    MulyCat NY 03-06-15
    MulyCat NY 03-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Scatterbrain"

    I don't see what all the fuss is about.
    Too much jumping around for me. There is no problem but problem!

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    Steven DeBusk 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Such a good performance."

    This book is very beautifully written book, and so clever. The reader though, makes it really come alive as well, he's seriously perfectly suited to this book. I've listened to a whole lot of audiobooks, and this is one of the best readings I've ever heard.

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    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 02-10-15
    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 02-10-15 Member Since 2011

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    "I wouldn't listen to it again"

    The Satanic Verses is a book that I can say would have not been noticed had it been ignored by those who were offended by the material at the time.

    Because of my lack of knowledge, I cannot really say that I understand the complete controversy. But, what I can say is that I probably wouldn’t re-read the book again. The story is fiction. But, it’s not that interesting to me to warrant re-reading it.

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    Kristine S.S. Austin, Texas 01-09-15
    Kristine S.S. Austin, Texas 01-09-15
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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


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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.

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