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Alif the Unseen | [G. Willow Wilson]

Alif the Unseen

In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.
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In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.

The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the “Hand of God”, as they call the head of state security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground.

When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.

©2012 G. Willow Wilson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    PhilR 02-06-14
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    "A great adventure"

    Tagged a fantasy—and rightfully so, but for those believing they don’t like fantasy I encourage you to suspend a modicum of belief in order to enjoy a wonderful adventure that informs us about culture, religion, philosophy, politics, and technology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cleveland NEW YORK, NY, United States 12-30-13
    Cleveland NEW YORK, NY, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Thousand and One Nights for our time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! It is more than just an entertaining story. It is a window into a culture that we often see in two dimensions through the filter of governmental and extremist actions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alif and the girl next door of course.


    What about Sanjiv Jhaveri’s performance did you like?

    Sanjiv's performance was spot on. He is an excellent linguist capable of many varied accents. He had studied the text and was spot on with his reading, building to climaxes and softening to a whisper at all the write times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy aurora, CO, USA 12-12-13
    Randy aurora, CO, USA 12-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting"
    Any additional comments?

    I found this listen entertaining though not engrossing. The author presumes that things are understood without explanation. I find it questionable the abilities of the actions by those in the book. The book highlights the good though of the Muslim and Islam people, something lately misunderstood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Tepperman Berkeley, CA 12-06-12
    Jean Tepperman Berkeley, CA 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great look at today's world"
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    This book is a very entertaining adventure story that also gives a great picture of some serious issues, from repression in today's Arabian peninsula to the hubris of technology geeks who think that computers can solve life's basic dilemmas.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    saeed Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 08-07-12
    saeed Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 08-07-12
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    "Good Read"

    I enjoyed this book. It was creative and gripping at the same time. I would recommend it to anyone.

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    David Amissville, VA, United States 06-18-14
    David Amissville, VA, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A disappointment"
    What disappointed you about Alif the Unseen?

    Too much minute description of everything, from walls, to floors, to every creatures, to clothing, while the story drags and drags and drags.


    Would you ever listen to anything by G. Willow Wilson again?

    Probably not. If this is his typical style, I probably could not get through another book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sanjiv Jhaveri?

    Don't know...but his attempts to give every character a different voice failed miserably. He was awful.


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

    Can't think of any.


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    Nessa near Atlanta, GA, USA 11-14-13
    Nessa near Atlanta, GA, USA 11-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Just not good"
    What disappointed you about Alif the Unseen?

    I was hoping for a rich picture of the middle east, interesting characters, and some fun fantasy. Instead, the characters are barely developed and the creatures are so unimaginatively written (lots of faceless blobs), that I couldn't bring myself to care about them.

    The biggest disappointment was the ridiculous idea of a guy writing code so quickly, mindlessly and amazing that it simply melts computers. The explanations of how and why things work are way beyond the normal suspension of disbelief that the reader expects in a fantasy novel.

    Lastly, it was more an advertisement for Islam than I expected. I felt like the author's agenda was to show how this religion is so wonderful. I don't mind reading religious fiction, but I want to know about it ahead of time. If you want a good book that includes the Djinn, I would send you elsewhere—The Golem and the Jinni is far more developed and interesting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by G. Willow Wilson again?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader's exaggerated performance of the supernatural characters was distracting and terribly annoying. He also made the American convert sound like a witless idiot, when her character was plainly not written that way.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed, and more than a little irritated.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 07-23-12
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Sales Pituch for the Koran"

    The story started out fun but quickly became an excuse to try to sell the Koran and many of the Muslim traditions and so became tedious. The author is a American who converted to Islam, which is cool, but a novel about genie's (Jinn), a different take on the Thousand and One Nights, and such is ruined by trying to sell what most westerner's are to "stupid" to see the wisdom of... she implies more than once. The author is obviously very smart, has a magic way with her words, and her passion for her adopted faith is clear but instead of "selling" her faith she turned off this reader who wasn't looking for her version of those Jesus freak pamphlets you find in public restrooms. The only thing I take away from this book is how intellegent, well educated, smart people can sell themselves on silliness by faith whether it be Muslim, Scientologist, Mormon, believing in one God when they believe in three, and so on and so on. It seems the more one has to use their faith to ignore science, patch together contradictions, forget facts, and accept nonsense... the holier they feel. Strange.

    Anyway the reader is good but the narrative probably has colored my judgement when in another context he might be 4 stars but don't know.

    11 of 34 people found this review helpful
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