©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.
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